i have a new love. his name is fortunado. a few times a day, he wanders into the office in search of biscuits and leftover sarnies. he is often defeated. begrudgingly, he accepts his fate, sighs deeply and retreats into a deep, restorative slumber. after which, he resumes his pursuit. ever optimistic, ever diligent.

taken on my iphone in soho and battery park, new york

home is where i want to be

pick me up and turn me round

i feel numb – born with a weak heart
i guess i must be having fun
the less we say about it the better
make it up as we go along
feet on the ground
head in the sky
it’s ok i know nothing’s wrong . . nothing

hi yo i got plenty of time
hi yo you got light in your eyes
and you’re standing here beside me
i love the passing of time
never for money
always for love
cover up and say goodnight . . . say goodnight

home – is where i want to be
but i guess i’m already there
i come home – she lifted up her wings
guess that this must be the place
i can’t tell one from another
did i find you, or you find me?
there was a time before we were born
if someone asks, this is where i’ll be . . . where i’ll be

hi yo we drift in and out
hi yo sing into my mouth
out of all those kinds of people
you got a face with a view
i’m just an animal looking for a home
share the same space for a minute or two
and you love me till my heart stops
love me till i’m dead
eyes that light up, eyes look through you
cover up the blank spots
hit me on the head ah oo

on christmas day 2009, i arrived at my parents’ house in tulsa jetlagged and relatively catatonic after an intense year filled with as many highs as there were lows.

but after a week of eight-hour sleeps in a bosomy cloud of pillows and posturepedic bliss, a daily martini hour at 5pm sharp (expertly created by the world’s leading cardio-mixologist) and three square meals so nourishing and delicious they could revive a donkey after a tsunami, i was back in action. colour in my cheeks. a spring in my step. and a big, fat smile on my big fat face.

here are some of the culinary highlights…

the christmas feast: turkey with cranberry-orange compote, honey-glazed ham, stuffing balls, brussels sprouts, roasted parsnips and carrots and chipolatas

boxing day delight: a majid tradition after any lengthy journey – shrimp shumai and turkey shumai on a bed of wilted pak choi

new year’s eve hors d’oeuvres: smoked oysters on cucumber medallions, cheese balls with a basil pesto centre rolled in pine nuts…accompanied by martinis, of course

new year’s eve starters: traditional shrimp cocktail

new year’s eve main: fondu requires no explanation

new year’s eve dessert: a little cracker treat found the sherry trifle shooters irresistible – he had a very happy new year indeed

and this is what my mum can do with indian takeaway leftovers – pan fried cod on a bed of saag paneer with pilau rice and asparagus 

sunday night roast just as it should be – tender roast lamb, yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, cauliflower cheese, roast sweet potatoes with rosemary and peas

and this is just a little something she threw together: madras shepherd’s pie with peas

thanks to my cardio-mixologist (aka dad) and gastronomic therapist (aka mum), i am now fully rehabilitated and ready for the world again.

BRING ON 2010!

“light is the first of painters. there is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.” – ralph waldo emerson

taken on my iphone crossing a bridge in copenhagen