I’m sure you will all be getting ready to head out and make merry, so I’ll keep this one short.
Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a happy New Year. I trust that you all have a brilliant evening, whatever you get up to. I do hope that 2009 will be prosperous and lovely and splendid and will bring nothing but good things to your door.
Now that I’ve got your attention, please do allow me to talk about myself for a brief moment. “James,” you say, “You’re normally so demure. Surely you’re not going to take this opportunity to inflict more information on us?”
Well, yes. Yes, I am.
Keep your eyes (and your spuds) peeled because there is a whole load of James-related goodness on the way. First up, my series of handy, pocket-sized cookbooks continues with the release of dinner. It’s due out late January and is just as jam-packed with recipes and useful tips as its little brother, mix.
It will later be followed by veg. and cake. They are each designed to be affordable, no-nonsense guides to make preparing good family food at an everyday price yet comprehensive enough for big dinner parties or intimate meals both easy and enjoyable. Plus, they’ve got pictures of me on the cover. What more could you want?
It’s been a topsy-turvy, hurly-burly year. I’ve run myself ragged, worked my fingers to the bone and used up every cliché in the book. I’ve cooked more turkeys to feed a small Czechoslovakian fishing community for life, and travelled so many miles that I’ve met myself on the way back. I’ve been here, there and everywhere in-between, and spent so many nights away from home that my own bed feels strange and unusual.
But it’s not the destination, as they say, it’s the journey. I’ve learnt so much and had so much fun this past year that I wouldn’t change a bit of it. Every mile, every ice-packed bucket, every burnt finger, every sleepless night… it’s all added up to the most exciting and exhausting year of my life.
Here’s hoping that 2009 will be just the same. I do hope you come along for the ride.