Well, a happy new year to you and I hope you and yours have had a very good festive season. I won't bother with resolutions this year, but I do have a few things I'm looking forward to.
For Christmas I was given a year long subscription to delicious. magazine and also Nigella's new book - Kitchen. So I shall be making some things from the pages of these. Already I have my eye on Nigella's teriyaki chicken recipe and some cauliflower curry from the pages of delicious. I'm not sure how much use I will have of the 1001 cocktails, but those half drunk bottles that have been lingering in the drinks cabinet may get to be used too.
Also a stay with my friend Jan has always inspired me to cook because she's so amazing in the kitchen. While we sleepily watched television, she cut apples and made crumbles. Wow! I should take inspiration from her industry and try to make pies like her.
I will write more about living and working in Southsea, one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the UK. If you don't believe me, come down and I'll show you around. Or just read all about it on these pages.
I'm also excited about friends I've 'met' on Twitter and so will plan to meet up with them and if you want to follow my thoughts, comments and information about Southsea, follow me on @southseascene
On these pages or on Twitter, I hope you will post comments, ask a question or two, or just say hello. Have a productive 2011!
PS: Speaking of productive, lots of sales are now on in Southsea shops so a good time to visit.