Soooo…as you may have noticed, I have not been here for a good four months. The extended explanation is that I was busy finishing up my degree, swiftly followed by moving house, and then it was Christmas, and we went to a wedding and it was all holidays and relaxing and enjoying oneself, and my boss sold her catering business which I am still clinging desperately to my place within despite not living in the right town any more, so the emoshuns from all that were a bit rough. Then I got back to my new home in a different city and just sort of checked out of my life as a chef for a while and maybe slightly went off the rails a little bit, and am only just getting back on track.
TL;DR: I am slack as fuck.
But now I am in celebration-mode because I am graduating in two days, which is a huge thing for me because I’ve had a few non-starters with regards to scholastic achievement, and also it is a year since I started A Space for Pudding (which I have literally just realised because WordPress sent me a wee virtual trophy). I have actually missed the anniversary by several days, but I am a firm believer in the concept of getting recognition and enjoyment out of your birthday and/or other party-type thing for the whole week surrounding the specific date, or at least a prolonged period beyond one measly day. I am remarkably similar to the Queen, Easter and various Mardi Gras festivals in this fashion.
I am sandwiching this blurb between photos of the latest Long Lunch event I worked on with my collaborators Liz Christensen and Steph Peirce, whom I have worked on several similar events with; I have shared them all on the blog’s Facebook page at various times. Liz Christensen has bought the catering company I work for off my old boss so it worked out rather well for me! (Apart from vacating the city that it operates in.) The lunch was held in the gardens of Olveston, which is a mini-Downton Abbey, and the dessert concept was based around the ladies retiring to the Drawing Room while the gentlemen enjoyed cigars.
All going well, you should be seeing more of me in the weeks to come! Follow me on Facebook and Twitter in the meantime. Full disclosure: my Twitter account is very poorly managed and I mostly use it for Outlander and Game of Thrones fandom stuff, but as Julia Child says, ‘never apologise’.