Thursday, January 21, 2010

One Month! (and a spice mix)


One month...yet another month has passed since I last dropped in here. I suppose I need a lesson in mum-time-management (mums across the world: how do you do it?). Would it suffice to say I've been distracted by the most delicious little feet and hands I have ever had the good fortune to encounter? Not to mention cheeks and bums and pata-jamon legs. That's not even to talk about the seemingly endless expressions she has, that no doubt would bore another human being to bits, but leave me hopelessly captivated. Enamored. Smitten.

My kingdon for all the time in the world to just watch her.

Unfortunately my kingdom doesn't fetch a price as high as that, so it's back to work I go! And back to all the other things I've (tsk, tsk, shuffle, shuffle) let fall a bit to the wayside (hello housework! hello home accounting! hello bills filing!) while I have been otherwise occupied.

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And hopefully back to more regular visits here! Perhaps you won't believe me but I have been cooking despite the nourishment I already get from nibbling on chubby baby appendages. There's been some chori-gamba pasta using a newly discovered local chorizo purveyor. There's been some Asian-style steamed fish. Some wonderful steaks with potatoes roasted in duck fat. And even a lovely loaf of banana bread to use some old bananas and a new recipe (will share this soon!). The only thing is, the jump from cooking to actual photographing and posting was just not happening.

Well, it's a new year (hello 2010!) and (fingers crossed!) I aim to journal more of my cooking and baking adventures here. I'm not only writing for me (and for you kind folk who still come back despite my wonky posting) but for little C as well...something for her to read in the future when (fingers crossed!) she discovers the joys of creating her own food :)

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Before we move forward however, let me share a look back at what I made for my Christmas gifts (yes, I did manage some homemade gifts!) in 2009. Because of the move and renovation, and my iminent delivery, I couldn't make anything as involved as chutney or jam, or even manage baked goods of any kind. I did want to make something for Christmas though and I found the perfect goody in Jen's all-purpose red rub! No-cook, easy to throw together, and a wonderfully flavorful --- it certainly fit the bill for Christmas 2009 :) It's a great spice mix to have on hand and can work with so many different things. I've tried it with chicken and pork ribs to excellent results. I'm thinking of using it on some fish fillets next, and maybe in some baked beans!

I wish you all the best in 2010! May many dreams come true this year! :)

28 comments:

ME BUDDHA BANANA said...

Vanilla sunshine and red velvet from Sonja's is love but guess what,they've got the best Lemon Strawberry Tea Cupcake at The Room Upstairs in LRI

♥peachkins♥ said...

Happy 1st month to your little angel..

Patricia Scarpin said...

It's great to see you here again, sweetie! And Happy New Year!

I'm sure little C. will love reading her mom's blog in the future - she'll become addicted as we all are! ;)

xx

Manggy said...

I'm sure some automatisms, like perhaps putting your camera in a permanent "shooting spot", will help to manage your time a little better while taking care of the young one :) I can't wait to see what 2010 has in store for you and, of course, the food!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ram! I love her Vanilla Sunshine and that's what's in the box :) Must check out The Room Upstairs one for these days...

Hi Peachkins! Thank you!

Hi Patricia! Happy New Year! You are too sweet! :)

Hi Manggy! Good idea! Thanks for the tip ;)

Gourmet Traveller said...

Congratulations!!!!! I can imagine how much fun you're having biting her feet. Sadly, that craving lasts at least two years when they start running away. Hope all is well!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy New Year! Nice to see you again!

Such cute feet!

Cheers,

Rosa

Junglefrog said...

Happy newyear to you too!! And a month already... Doesn't time fly?

ChichaJo said...

Thanks GT! Everything is good :) I don't know about 2 years...to this day my mom looks at my feet and says, "you have such cute feet!"

Thanks Rosa! :)

Hi Junglefrog! Yes, it sure does! Must really savor all these moments...

Midge said...

Welcome back to the blog-world, Joey! I can see why you can't resist nibbling Little C's little legsies and handsies - plump and cuddly and cute!

Trissa said...

Glad to see you blogging again! Can't wait to see the banana bread and the pasta dish! In the meantime - enjoy your little angel!

Gattina said...

how can you still accomplish so much? Your little cupcake will be very proud of you!
Wish you a wonderful new year, and many more!

Ling said...

good to see you posting - you've been missed - and I love those ickle widdle feetsies!!

Ling

Mirage said...

Hi! I'm a frequent visitor of 80 breakfasts though I don't comment, I read each of your posts religiously.

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy, your adventures with her is something to look forward to. Keep up your wonderful blog (which inspires me by the way). Thanks! :) -G

Divina Pe said...

Welcome back. Looking forward to more of your posts this year.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! Yes, I find them quite irresistible! :)

Hi Trissa! I’ll be posting the banana bread soon! The chori-gamba pasta is already in my archives :)

Hi Gattina! I do my best! :)

Hi Ling! Thanks! Hoping to post more often!

Hi Mirage! So glad to hear you are enjoying my blog and thanks for leaving a comment! Your comments inspire me to keep on blogging! :)

Hi Divina! Thanks! :)

Anne said...

Happy New Year! Her hands are so cute! Lucky you to have a daughter :-)

Maria said...

Happy New Year to you too!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anne! Thanks! I do feel really lucky :)

Hi Maria! All the best for 2010!

Marvin said...

Glad to see you back, joey. Lil C is lucky to learn great taste from this blog.

ChichaJo said...

Aw! Thanks Marvin!:)

Barbara said...

Such gorgeous little booties on the babies little feet. Good to see you posting again Joey.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Barbara! Thanks! The booties were mine when I was a baby :)

Stepford Mum said...

The spice mix worked wonderfully with the baby back ribs! I bought two slabs to experiment with - first batch I marinated the ribs after boiling, then baked them, the second batch I boiled in the marinade. Yummy! Hope to see you and both Cs soon.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Iya! Yay! Glad you like it! :)

Bordeaux said...

Happy 2010 to you and your (now bigger) family. Hope you find lots of time to cook, blog and mother this year!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bordeaux! I hope so too! All the best for 2010 to you too :)