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January 5, 2013

Dawn in Fujairah

January I woke up on 1st January 2012 on a beach and swam in the sea. I hate cold water but it was just perfect – blood temperature and the sea looked serene.  There were jellyfish apparently, but I didn’t get stung.

The new year brought new adventures in cooking…I made bread with the tangzhong method and cooked salmon in a sink. Goulash soup soothed battered feelings.

February My sister brought joy to keep me strong while other family members were still in pain. We scampered through the lanes of Bur Dubai our senses awakened by extraordinary foods; and sipped Champagne in unparalleled luxury. I was courted with coffee. I fell asleep in the taxi after a ridiculously, blingy night out.

March Brought exquisite morsels, the veil lifting on Iranian food (and its hot and cold foods) and whole weekend dedicated to food. I met someone who actually drives an electric car here in Dubai in line with his organic principles. I finally mastered croissants.

April I made a really good friend…actually several. Lemon mousse fitted the mood.

May I learned to make coffee…really well. Pencils were sharpened, paints unearthed for a fresh look (at life) on my pie.  Middle Eastern treasure was unearthed in Yemen via Dubai. I ate momos in Kathmandu.

June Jubilee fever stretched across the continents. I joined in mourning for Syria…how unbearably sad that this has not ended. My teeth and tongue were stained purple.

July I listened to Debussy. Rain chased me from England to the banks of Lake Geneva.

Lake Geneva

August I walked and walked and walked. I discovered the best of British food through country houses and Cotswold pubs.

September  A weekend in London brought many new friends and old with jam on it. I ate tripe for the first time.

October Veg boxes were back in my life and not one but two amazing Italians. Plus some lovely friends.

November I ate one of the best meals of the year and a lot of pies.

December Floated by on Champagne with good friends and family.

I saw in the New Year sitting round a camp fire once again.

Thank you for all your visits, likes and comments over 2012; life’s is busy so I really appreciate you taking the time to read My Custard Pie. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

What were the highlights of 2012 for you?

  1. January 5, 2013 11:26 am

    you had such an awesome year 🙂 may the next one bring much more joy and lot more to cook and write about 🙂

    • January 6, 2013 10:05 am

      Thanks – it was an awesome year in retrospect…although it sometimes doesn’t feel like it at the time! Appreciate your comment.

  2. January 5, 2013 11:26 am

    Sally, what a wonderful journey you’ve taken us on – not only do we get to savour the flavours of your wonderful foodie pursuits, but your life musings and the fullness of your heart add the key ingredients. Thank you! And a toast to 2013!

    • January 6, 2013 10:06 am

      A toast to you too Tara – your comments and support are always so generous. It really makes my day.

  3. January 5, 2013 11:29 am

    what a lovely reflection Sally. Here’s to more blogging in 2013! x

    • January 6, 2013 10:06 am

      ….look forward to more narratives from you and Rolo too Debi. Have a wonderful 2013

  4. January 5, 2013 11:38 am

    Lovely review of 2012 🙂

    • January 6, 2013 10:07 am

      Thank you Debbie – looking forward to seeing more of you in 2013.

  5. January 5, 2013 12:04 pm

    Best wishes for 2013! I hope it will be even better 2012… Looking forward to reading your future posts.



    • January 6, 2013 10:07 am

      ..and to you Rosa. Your comments are so valued.

  6. January 5, 2013 1:02 pm

    What a magical and wonderful year you enjoyed! May 2013 bring more fabulous fun for you.
    🙂 Mandy

    • January 6, 2013 10:08 am

      ..and may the Complete Cook Book reach even greater heights. Such a fantastic resource. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

  7. January 5, 2013 2:40 pm

    Best wishes for 2013, what a lovely round up of the year that has past! May 2013 bring you many adventures and joy! x

    • January 6, 2013 10:09 am

      …thank you…looking forward to even more gorgeous British-inspired posts from you and to meeting up in July.

  8. January 5, 2013 4:01 pm

    Oh What a beautiful recount of 2012… Good wishes once again. BTW, July there are no links. Hope that’s how it’s meant to be, right?

    • January 6, 2013 10:13 am

      Yes – July when I’m ‘on holiday’ seems to be when there is the least time for blogging! I managed only one post.

  9. January 5, 2013 5:48 pm

    So nice to look back and be able to smile. All the best to you in 2013.

    • January 6, 2013 10:13 am

      And to you Joan – and your marvellous adventures on Foodalogue

  10. January 5, 2013 5:50 pm

    What a fabulous year and wasn’t September fun FBC12! GG

    • January 6, 2013 10:14 am

      It was indeed. Hope you are going to FBC5 this July.

  11. January 5, 2013 11:59 pm

    First i ever heard of the tangzhong method. I will have to try that someday.

  12. January 6, 2013 1:11 am

    Very lovely summary of your year. Interested to see your description of summer in Cotswolds – Horse & Groom, Bourton on hill is one of my favourite local places to eat out, love your description of it.

    • January 6, 2013 10:15 am

      It was one of those accidental finds and a complete joy. We’ll be back this summer for sure. My sister wanted to book into a room and stay all night!

  13. January 6, 2013 11:24 pm

    What a great review. Love the photos, especially the one of Lake Geneva.

    • January 14, 2013 7:10 am

      We had a fantastic couple of weeks there Euan. Must write up about the vineyards at some point.

  14. January 7, 2013 11:09 pm

    You’ve put me in thoughtful mood, Sally. Wandering through the year in your company was uplifting, touching and inspiring all at once.

    • January 14, 2013 7:11 am

      I’m going to print that comment out and use it for inspiration Charlie. Thanks so much.

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