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15 February 2010

Hello again. Yes, I know my latest posting to this blog was in September 2008 – I hope visitors to this website had a happy prosperous 2009 and will accept belated good wishes for 2010. I'm just about in time to add my greetings for Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger.

I have really no excuse for my long silence, but I can truthfully say that I've been extremely busy these past eighteen months, first with launching the new book and then with enjoying my new status as a grandmother – Joshua Zachary Owen was born on 26 February 2009. And there've been all sorts of other projects as well. For instance -

Writing for the Jakarta Post. This is the principal English-language daily newspaper in my home country, Indonesia. Once a month they publish a colour magazine called 'Weekender'. Last year I started contributing articles on food, with recipes, and I'm now writing a 'Letter from London' for each issue, focussing of course on food and a range of Indonesian dishes, classic and new. I'm posting a recipe on my website today which I hope will also feature in next month's 'Letter'. It's for Roasted Pumpkin, delicious and easy to make – in almost any part of the world!

 I've got two public appearances coming up, both in London: on 19 February I'll be at Asia House in New Cavendish Sreet, and on 24 February at Books for Cooks in Blenheim Crescent, just off Portobello Road.


Thereafter for a while I'll be busy on the fundraising committee for the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. The Symposium is a registered UK charity, and I'll be looking for donors for our raffle and auction. This year's Symposium will be held, as usual, in St Catherine's College, Oxford, but this year it will take place earlier than in recent years – from 9 to 11 July. Any of my readers who are interested should visit the Symposium's web page, where you can find out all about it and how to apply to take part.


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