It's been a long time since my last post and the radio silence over the past few weeks and months was due to the fact that I had tons of exams and was burying my head in books... so much so that I didn't leave the house for weeks on end and forgot my father's birthday - and not ANY birthday, either, it was his 60th. No, don't say anything, I've had enough stick from everyone around me already and I will have to live with the repercussions of the whole incident for the rest of my life, so cut me some slack for now.
So that you don't think I am an entirely horrible person, I'll have you know that I DID realise my mistake out of my own accord and did NOT have to be prompted, I DID call him the morning after and he DID get a present - and I even sent my daughter on a surprise visit to his birthday celebrations (which I couldn't attend as I was writing my exam that day). I hope this went some way towards a reconciliation...
And if it didn't, I am planning on making this wonderful risotto for him: creamy indulgence, the sweetness of the chestnuts intensified by a drizzle of honey just before serving... I just know it's going to bring tears of joy to his eyes and it's a wonderful way to see out the winter (yes, I am hopeful that the sunshine we enjoyed last week was NOT our summer and that there's more, warmer days ahead of us).
I'm back in the kitchen now, despite another exam coming up at the end of May, but I have done some intense cooking yesterday and more to follow today - lots of recipes to share with you, including my first attempts at cooking Turkish and Bistro food out of my newest cookbook acquisitions - so hang in there!