I have to admit that I do get annoyed by the amount of bloggers who apologise for their absence, as if it is something to feel deeply guilty about.
As far as I'm aware, there is no such thing as a contract between readers and writers, stating a minimum posting amount, or stipulating holiday terms (10 days a year, but you still have to update Instagram daily).
In fact, I'm 100% sure that nobody has registered my slight absence of late. My working life has been particularly stressful and if I'm honest, the thought of sitting down to write has been far from my mind, and my list of priorities.
Something changed today though, I just sat down and started writing. So I'm going to ride this wave and see where it takes me - whether that's one post a day, a few a week, or a sparse scattering of thoughts now and again.
There is an awful lot to tell you though, so I'm just going to dive straight in. Here are some of the new things/updates in my life from recent weeks!
The most exciting thing I want to share with you guys involves some juicy details about my latest project!
I have been a member of the Clandestine Cake Club for over a year now, something which has purely been motivated by my love of all things cake and baking related.
Whilst I have had to cut back on the number of events I can attend due to work, I am still a CCC girl through and through.
As my other business activities are going through a stage of flux at the moment (more on that in another post) I have found myself slightly at a loose end the past month or so.
This actually has been quite a blessing in disguise, as I have managed to take a second to catch breath and regroup. I've also been able to focus on some of my more creative work, mainly writing and some music when time allows.
This has been quite fortuitous, as when the opportunity came up to create a magazine for CCC, I was in the position to grab it with both hands! You can't exactly turn down two of your favourite pursuits rolled into one (cake and writing).
So work begins this month on Sucre Kitchen, which will be a free to download digital baking magazine. (You can sign up to get a copy here).
Already I can tell that this is going to be something to be proud of; packed full of gorgeous recipes, informative articles, baking lust lists and insider interviews.
New places to eat/drink
The past few weeks have been a culinary adventure for many reasons actually.
Des and I went for a cheeky date lunch at The Rattle Owl, a lovely little restaurant in the centre of York. The food was beautifully presented and didn't disappoint .
Des probably made the best pick off the menu by going for a seafood bouillabaisse which was absolutely teeming with generous chunks of fish and shellfish.
Our second culinary outing came in the form of a quick trip to My Thai, a wonderful street food style place also in the centre of York. As usual, it was great value and extremely good!
I made my usual choice, Pad Thai with tofu, because if it ain't broke...
Finally we rounded off the week with a York on a Fork team visit to a new restaurant opening; Cut and Chase.
I was obviously delighted by the inclusion of a Terry's chocolate orange cocktail on the menu. (Having worked at the former Terry's family home, which is now a National Trust property)
We made history this week in York with the founding of a new Guild - The Guild of Entrepreneurs, City of York
Having taken over a year to set up and get formally going, this was a great achievement for all of us who worked to make it happen.
I was also humbled to be elected as Master of the Guild for 2016/17, which feels like a very large responsibility.
Despite feeling slightly in over my head, I am really looking forward to helping grow the Guild and supporting our members.
Finally I just want to mention a couple of cookbooks I treated myself to recently, both of which have been on my wish list for quite a while:
Sirocco by Sabrina Ghayou
My love of middle eastern food is not set to wane anytime soon, which is probably down to following Sabrina on Instagram. Her fresh take on traditional ingredients/recipes, alongside her easy to follow style makes this an indispensable addition to my rapidly growing collection.
Mamushka by Olia Hercules
This purchase was down to curiosity rather than anything else, as I have never tried to recreate Eastern European dishes at home, despite consuming them with gusto when given the opportunity. Much like Sirocco, Olia writes with clarity and passion, making the book a pleasure to read and cook from.