I've written about our attitude towards presents before and the fact that rather than completely stressing out at traditional present-giving times like Christmas and birthdays, we give presents whenever we feel like it or whenever we find something suitable... last week, this happened to almost coincide with Valentine's Day and I got a beautiful gift I am absolutely thrilled about.
Although I felt the dire need for improvements in this area, I'd never have gone and bought myself a new camera - I've been driving the same old car ever since we moved to the UK (and a dustbin on wheels before that in Vienna) simply because if it ain't broke, it's good enough to be driven. I don't see the old automobile as a status symbol, which saves me precious time on the weekend, not having to wash and turtle-wax it every Sunday ;-) and I've been applying the same rule to camera and other equipment - it works fine, so I won't spend God-knows-how-much on a new one.
Getting one as a present is a whole different story, however! I just love my new toy, the above is a just quick snapshot made when I first got it. Bound to make even better pictures when I'm done reading the manual, probably at around the same time next year...
PS: It was all meant to be about the picture - but since so many of you seem to be intrigued with the dish itself, I am adding the recipe retrospectively.