Good things – January 2014

I’m not sure how it happened, but someone has stolen my January. I can’t believe the first month of 2014 has disappeared so fast. This afternoon, as I rushed to the hardware store to buy window hinges (don’t ask), I tried to recall what we have done and drew a complete blank.

From looking at my diary I can work out there was one bout of tonsilitis, 10 flights up and down the country and one funeral. I have met approximately a dozen tradesmen, one of whom I have seen more of in the last two weeks than my husband. In fact, one of the other tradies thought he WAS my husband. I have spent more time in hardware stores than I have in food shops. I’ve only read two books (this one and this one) and become hooked on this show. I have worried about paint and carpet and too many other things to mention.

It is mid-summer and I have still not eaten an ice cream.

Miso Caramel Sauce

But I have become absolutely addicted to this insanely good and easy to make miso caramel sauce, which goes with absolutely everything.

I loved listening to this podcast with Colonel Chris Hadfield about eating in space. Surely he must be a contender for Person Of The Year?

I have made quite a few things from this book, aided by vegetables I’ve been growing in my own garden (please note high levels of SPF – Smug Person Factor – in that statement).

Yellow Zucchini With Blossoms Picture Credit: Lucy Corry/The Kitchenmaid

And I was utterly transfixed by this video – though I can see the point in this argument against it (it’s still mesmerising though, don’t you think?

So maybe January wasn’t all bad after all. What have you been up to?



  1. January 29, 2014 / 9:55 am

    You made em laugh and that is a good sign ,right>Thank you.regards from sunny New Zealand

  2. January 29, 2014 / 10:50 am

    Wow, that is one powerful video, that I've seen in a very long time.
    YOur rright January is zooming by. My January has had four job interviews but no success – second best – I keep getting told, but secodn best does me nothing. I can only hope this is not how the year will end.
    Miso caramel new to me, hope to try it some day.

    • January 29, 2014 / 9:22 pm

      Four job interviews in four weeks? That sounds exhausting. Keep plugging away, I'm sure you'll get there. In the meantime, make some of that miso caramel to cheer yourself up x

  3. January 29, 2014 / 11:25 am

    nice sauce!… and it's not just you… all our January's have been thieved!

    • January 29, 2014 / 9:23 pm

      It's a bit like a kids' book or a Bond film, isn't it? The Man Who Stole January. Or, Grand Theft Auto: January. Or…

  4. January 29, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    When you find yourself saying Happy New Year to people at the end of January you know you are in NZ but everytime I do it I realise how January has passed by in a flash. Sounds like you are keeping very busy with exciting projects although you might need to get over having sun to enjoy ice cream. I saw this video on the guardian site and have to admit it made me seasick watching. I think I prefer my artworks to stand still (call me a traditionalists). So glad your garden is reaping smugness rewards. Makes me feel good too.

    • January 29, 2014 / 9:27 pm

      Well, you know, I'm trying to embrace the small patches of good in my garden rather than feel overwhelmed by the general horror. I like the magic tricks done by that video, but I agree, it's nice to look at things that don't move and that aren't on a screen!

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