Friday, 3 April 2009


Hello! I feel awful that it’s taken me so long to get round to writing this – I’ve not really wanted to go near my computer…

The thesis was finally submitted on Tuesday morning after some last-minute hiccups! Hurrah! I’ve been a walking zombie since then, and I was straight back to work on Wednesday morning.

I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all the supportive messages I have received over the last few weeks, I’ve really appreciated them. So, here’s a list of everyone I want to say a special ‘thank you’ to, it’s in no particular order. I’m pretty sure I’ve included everyone, but if you’ve been missed off, just let me know!

5 Star Foodie

Oyster Food and Culture

Laura at The Spiced Life 

The Cottage Small Holder

Giz and Pyschgrad at Equal Opportunity Kitchen

Julia at A Slice of Cherry Pie

Suzie at Essentially Healthy Food

Lucy at Teen Baker

Jules at Domestic Goddess in Training

Claire at Purely Food


Mr and Mrs Dirty Boots at A Self Sufficient Life


Holler at Tinned Tomatoes

Femin Susan at Vegetable Art

Louise at A View from Carmine Superiore (you won’t believe how many time I looked at your picture of ‘the devil’s in the detail’!)


Christelle at Easy Does It

Ivy at Kopiaste and BloggerAid (thank you for your patience concerning the recipe!)


Talking (or writing) of BloggerAid, most of my time since submitting the thesis (between sleeping and working) has been spent finalising my recipe for the BloggerAid Recipe Book, admittedly submitted somewhat belatedly!        

Mint Chocolate Rice Pudding


Here’s a picture to whet your appetite, but if you want to know the secret of the recipe you’ll have to buy the recipe book!!! All the profits from the sale of the recipe book go to the World Food Programme’s project, School Meals:

Among the poor, there is often not enough food at home, and most schools in developing countries lack canteens or cafeterias. School meals are a good way to channel vital nourishment to poor children. Having a full stomach also helps them to concentrate better on their lessons. In countries where school attendance is low, the promise of at least one nutritious meal each day boosts enrolment and promotes regular attendance. Parents are motivated to send their children to school instead of keeping them at home to work or care for siblings. In the poorest parts of the world, a school feeding programme can double primary school enrolment in one year. Among the key beneficiaries are girls, who otherwise may never be given the opportunity to learn” (

It’s a great project to support, and from some of the other photo’s posted on other people’s blogs, it promises to hold some wonderful recipes. So, if anyone’s thinking of Christmas presents already… I think the aim is to have it available Nov/Dec-time. Watch this space, or take a peek at the BloggerAid website for further updates.

I’m off now to go and start catching-up on all of your recent blog posts, get some sleep and then heading to the farmers’ market in the morning. I can’t wait!


  1. Glad to hear you've submitted. Your mint chocolate rice pudding looks delicious.

  2. Aren't you sweet! I can't believe your brain is functioning enough to have made that list let alone posted anything at all. I remember my husband around the time of his dissertation and let's just say that between that and my brain surgery the same summer our relationship was baptized in fire--and I am not at all certain that my surgery was the more traumatic thing!

    The cookbook sounds wonderful. I am not a rice pudding fan usually but I love anything chocolate and mint so I am pretty intrigued!

  3. Congratulations! What an accomplishment! The mint chocolate rice pudding looks scrumptious!

    Btw, I had some posts on Rhubarb that I would love for you to check on my blog when you have some time to catch up :)

  4. Jules - Thanks! Hope you are in a decorating/plaster-free zone now?

    Laura - That sounds like it was a pretty hefty summer! The strangest of things can end-up testing relationships. I think my partner will be very, very, very glad that I'm finished - to say the least!

    5 Star Foodie - Thank you! Oooooh, rhubarb recipes! I'll definitely be checking-out those later today!

  5. Hey,

    Somehow despite the fact that I check back periodically, I missed this post until now. I am so glad you finally feel able to come up for air. I'd been thinking about you all the stress of your program and wrapping up. I am glad everything is going well, and have really enjoyed the subsequent posts. As I think I mentioned before, I have a master's and the last days leading up to the final project were crazy, and I wasn't even working on a blog=) so I can only imagine the stress was ratcheted up exponentially in your case. Take care and hope you are enjoying the weekend!


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