Very little time, a faulty iPad, tragedy in my kitchen and a broken foot: these are my excuses for nearly four months of amazing adventures but deafening silence, in which I kept on posting on Instagram and Twitter, but without updating my blog.
So what happened? In May I was in the States on a business trip with my father, promoting his excellent wines from our Castello di Neive winery through our awesome importers, the Winebow Group. New Orleans was definitely the highlight of the trip, with its creole cuisine and an amazing crawfish broil one hot afternoon.
Then I was off for nearly a month in Thailand and Cambodia: quite a foodie trip during which I would have loved writing more if it were not for my iPad’s screen packing up and leaving me without a mean to write comfortably.
As soon as I arrived in Bangkok I was lucky to attend Thaifex, a massive fair of everything food-related which took my breath away. I found the amount of processed foods quite staggering but I was taken aback by the sheer variety of food coming from every corner of the globe. There was also a small selection of organic and healthy products and some wonderful stalls with fish and seafood.
The sights in Cambodia have been fantastic, from the Khmer temples in Siem Reap, to the beautiful south coast at Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Samloem. Phnom Penh was just bustling with energy and I am only sorry I didn’t spend long enough there.
As always, the street food in both Thailand and nearby Cambodia was amazing and in Cambodia I was also delighted to find restaurants run as projects to help street kids, where the cooking was just phenomenal. The overall flavour of their curries was so sharp and the aroma of their Kampot fresh pepper so tasty, I actually found it even better than my favourite Thai dishes!
I also took a class in Khmer cuisine, which was instructive and fun, especially for a visit to the market where I could finally get enlightened about the use of several mystery roots and greens.
I was then in London for a little while, but we had a problem with our fuse box which kept on tripping, and it took us two weeks to find out it was a fault with the LED wiring on the kitchen top. So, again, very little chance to cook and no posts.
Last but not least in my list of misadventures has been breaking my foot while dancing at a wedding: for a month now I have been unable to move around and it turned out it’s quite tricky to cook something elaborate while hopping and standing on just one foot.
It’s a pity really, because I had lots of free time, so now I’ve decided I’m gonna make up for the lost updates by posting even about my simple one-foot-only breakfasts and light meals.
I feel I’ve committed the ultimate blogging sin, not updating my site. But since I do this as a hobby and definitely not as a job, I decided to forgive myself. I really hope you can do the same. So see you again very soon.