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Happy New Year to you all!
Istanbul is ravaged by snow but here today in Assos, it's freezing with a brilliant blue sky.
It's the kind of uplifting day that makes you think about new beginnings and opportunities, a perfect start to the New Year in fact.
|today's New Year Market in Küçükkuyu down the road from Assos|
I've decided this is an auspicious moment in which to stop writing my blog. It's been five years, after all, five years since my daughter suggested to me that I should start a blog - and to think I didn't even know what that meant!
I've loved everything about being a Seasonal Cook but for now at least, I feel my mission has been accomplished: to show what to do with the fantastic seasonal produce we get here in western Anatolia from the markets. My recipes have mostly been for dishes that the average Turkish housewife will be making at any given time of the year with the odd English cake thrown in.
I've learnt a lot myself: I've loved researching recipes, trying them out, experimenting with new ingredients like mahlep, getting to grips with börek, and yes, the photographic aspect! I didn't even own a camera at the beginning!
But what I really loved was the interaction with all of you, my blogging friends and followers, near and far. I never realized how attached I was going to get to you all. Thank you for faithfully sticking with me, commenting, and sharing your ideas - it's been a wonderful experience.
I love the fact that through the blog, I've been fortunate enough to actually meet some of my favourite fellow bloggers in the flesh and to discover that we really do have a lot in common!
- Özlem from Ozlem's Turkish Table
- Mark and Jolee from Senior Dogs Abroad
- Joy from My Turkish Joys (which became My Travelling Joys)
- Annie from Back to Bodrum
- David from Levantine Musings
- Barbara from Cuisine de Provence
And if you don't know their blogs, give them a go!
I will still cook seasonally and of course I will still be cooking Turkish-style. But at the same time I am looking forward to a different type of cooking, using different spices, and experimenting with all sorts of other cuisines not only the one of my adopted country. I am also greatly looking forward to developing my photographic skills that writing this blog inadvertently got me interested in in the first place!
So it's goodbye from me although it's not without a pang that I say this.....
|today in our very wintry garden...|