A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.
– Brigitte Bardot
Despite being a bit late with the well wishes, but I do hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Time just seemed to fly this year, and with this year just about to end, it’s time for me to look back again and see some of my instants of life.
I cooked a ton of exciting things, unfortunately most of which I did not post because I didn’t photograph them… Here are a few notable recipes:
Grapefruit and Banana Jam – Ok, we know I love making jam. This one was, in my opinion, the bestest of the best that I have ever made.
Goat Cheese, Fig, Serrano Ham and Thyme Galette – I discovered that making galettes is such an easy cheating way to cook up something impressive in no time. Even better, what you put in it can be adjusted to your imagination. Or in cases of emergency, whatever you have in your kitchen.
Terrines – Except for one disaster (which obviously did not make the blog), gosh, they were so good. Check these out Pork Liver, Apple and Calvados Terrine, Monkfish Terrine with Dried Tomatoes and Basil and Terrine with Pistachos and Pommeau de Normandie.
Spicy Lime Wakame and Tuna Noodles – Some of my blogging friends and myself got up to lots of fun and creativity going some ingredient challenges. The wakame seaweed made it the first time I ever cooked with seaweed, and it wasn’t the last. This dish was so awesome that I’ve made it time and time again after that.
Very Vanilla Salted Caramel, Pecan and Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake – This was in fact a very giant cookie. Who can resist a good giant cookie? I can’t.
One of the exciting things about my travels this year is that I got to meet up with some fantastic blogging friends. I’m so happy to have met you Sunny, Sue and Patty! Some of the places I visited this year were:
Los Angeles – Here I was spoilt by Sue. Then Patty came along and gave us the best photography class in the world. I started liking photography last year and really got into it this year, so her class was a godsend.
New York – Awesome. Check out my photos here.
Northern France – A long summer in France. My highlight was an epic bicycle ride to Montreil-sur-Mer, even though my muscles ached like hell the next day.
Madrid – I’ve had to spend lots of time in Madrid this year for work related purposes. Check out some scenes here. I must say that even though I had been to Madrid quite a lot before to visit family, it’s now that I’m beginning to know and enjoy the city better.
This wasn’t my trip, but I was really excited to share the wildlife photos from my brother’s trip to the North Eastern part of Australia.
When I wasn’t too busy nor hit by writer’s block, I really enjoyed writing in my blog this year. Some great pieces where:
Amazed at the Sultan of Brunei – I was pretty angry when I heard that the Sultan of Brunei wanted to impose the Sharia Law. So, as I had lived there before, I decided to write my thoughts about it.
Undeniably Censored – While I was hot on the tracks of my memories of Brunei, I wrote about the censorship we went through there at that time.
My Experience in Treating Heroin Addiction – I just felt that I needed to write about this.
On the Trail of My Digital Footprint – Our digital footprints. This is a frequent question amongst us bloggers, where do we draw the line between sharing and not sharing?
Spring and Sofia – This was just for laughs. So many people get my name wrong!
Ok, I won’t put in the link but when I look back to my New Years Resolutions from the beginning of this year: no my blog did not become a huge scientific affair because I became more interested in the artistic aspects of my life, and no I did not knit a scarf. But to my defence I’ll say that I began to knit one twice, reaching about 15cm long each time, only to unravel it both times because I didn’t like how it was turning out.
I did cook a few mistakes. But don’t worry, I never post the recipes here so no-one will ever accidentally cook anything gross from me.
I’m fully aware that I drone on here about piano music, perhaps too much, so I won’t do that in this post. However, here is a little surprise, a quick recording I made the other morning of one of my favourite pieces I studied this year. It’s Prelude Opus 11 no 11 by Scriabin. Ahem, pardon the couple of mistakes and the untuned piano.
Do tell me about some of your notable moments from 2014, I’d love to hear about them.
Have a great weekend!