… I’ve started a Tumblr, for all non-food-related things that I want to go on about. You’ll find it here, should you so desire: http://sarahruddick.tumblr.com/

(I know the current title’s a bit rubbish. I’ll give it some thought.)

I promise I haven’t forgotten that a) I have a blog and b) I’ve pledged to update it once a week this year; work is all-consuming and I’ve barely had time to cook, let alone write. Sad times. Back soon though…

Hello, and happy new year!

As usual, I have some half-arsed scheme to make this blog better in 2011. WordPress is encouraging everyone to make a commitment to adding a new post every week, so I’m going to give it a try. After all, my austerity drive is kicking in so I’ll be spending every evening cooking something thrifty yet delicious, with any luck. Plenty of blog fodder there (you would think).

I’ll need all the encouragement I can get, so please comment on any posts you like, share recipes you think I must try, and generally do what you can to help me combat my apathy.

Thanks! x

If you find yourself voting in this year’s Observer Food Monthly awards, you may notice that this year there’s a category for the best food blog. (Almost) every fibre of my being protests against this blatant act of self-promotion, but dammit I’m going to ask anyway… maybe, just maybe, you could consider voting for the humble blog you’re now reading? You can vote in the awards here, and I promise it won’t take you long. I thank you.

Having recently landed my dream secondment – I’m now editing cookery books until the end of the summer – I’d hoped that I’d be more able than ever to indulge my food-related musings. How foolish. As much as I’m loving my new role, surrounded by cookbooks day and night (instead of just at night), I feel like I don’t have a spare moment to write. All my head space is taken up with indexes, jacket copy, serial commas, and recipe choosers, leaving very little for leisurely pondering. I’ve been cooking and thinking about food as much as ever, of course, and have been diligently taking photographs of restaurant dinners and home-baked cakes, always with the noble intention of writing about it ‘one day this week’… but there’s no excuse. I’ve definitely let my blog slip.

To get myself back on track, I think I need a new project. Inspired by Julie Powell’s plan to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I’ve come up with a more modern, less carniverous version. Any day now, my long-awaited copy of Ottolenghi’s Plenty will arrive, and I can think of no better aim for an Islington-based vegetarian but to attempt to cook my way through it. That’s the plan, so far – I imagine that I’ll create and rewrite rules for myself as I work my way through the book (not necessarily in order, and definitely interspersed with some sweet recipes from other books along the way – at heart, I’m a cakey sort of woman and I’ve no intention of repressing that urge).

Wish me luck…

It’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately, for which I apologise. My camera’s playing up, and I’ve been spending more time eating enormous meals and sleeping them off than I have writing about them. My food-related resolutions for 2010, then, are as follows:

  1. Blog more, of course.
  2. Waste less food – I’m terrible for getting over-excited at farmers’ markets, buying a load of delicious-looking veg and not making use of it.
  3. Make better use of all the cookbooks I’ve been collecting. I was lucky enough to be given the Terre à Terre cookbook for Christmas, and its brilliantly inventive and inspirational vegetarian recipes are bound to provide some blogging gold, thus satisfying resolution number 1 too. Hey, I’m getting good at this.
  4. Go to the dentist. I’d enjoy every meal a lot more if I could stop worrying about a particular filling giving way.

Anyone else got any?