I've just come back from a very relaxing trip to Germany where I was visiting my Oma. There's no internet or mobile reception where she lives, and her house is just next to a massive pine forest - all perfect conditions for switching off, relaxing and thinking - things I just don't get to do here in London.
Just before I left for Germany, the tree colours here in London turned into gorgeous shades of yellows, oranges and reds. I was itching to shoot them all, but was too busy working. The day before I left, the sun came out, the clouds disappeared and left behind a gorgeous blue sky, so I dropped all I was doing, grabbed my camera and ran to the park to shoot.
Also just before I left, I received the first copy of my book - woohoo! I was so excited, I couldn't stop jumping up and down. Holding my first book in my hands was a very surreal moment for me, and I still don't think it's quite sunk in yet - the reality of it is just too strange to comprehend or explain in words. I was glad to be able to take it with me to show Oma - and she loved it and said that if my mom were still alive, she's sure she'd be very proud - which was *so* nice to hear.
Thanks to all that entered my book giveaway last week, the winners have all been selected and notified. Also, many thanks to all for your beautiful and heartwarming emails about the cover of my book - I'm so glad you like it and I cant wait to hear what you think about the book and the recipes.
For this occasion, I thought it would be quite fitting to make some pumpkin whoopie pies using the recipe in my book - one of my favourites - using these adorable munchkin pumpkins I had left over from Halloween. I hope you like them. (I originally intended to post a pumpkin and basil soup too, but ran out of time, so couldn't shoot that - it'll have to be another blog post!)
In other news, I was very excited to shoot a travel assignment for a travel magazine last month, which turned out to be a truly life-changing experience. I can't wait to share the story and photos with you once the feature is published in the magazine next year.
The next few weeks are going to be quite busy for me as I shoot not one, but two dessert books before Christmas, to be published next year. More details on those soon, but for all those following me on twitter, you'll be able to see all my updates, behind the scenes shots and Instagram photos.
I'm also going to be putting the finishing touches to the Christmas issue of Mowiekay magazine over the next few weeks. It's looking great so far - there are some great contributors, the photos and recipes are looking gorgeous, plus the cover is nearly ready too (which I'll be revealing soon!) - can't wait for you to see it all.
Speaking of my magazine, I was celebrating last month when I found out that the magazine had received over 1 million views!!! I'm ecstatic that it's been so well received, and I really hope you'll like the next issue just as much!
For now, here's my Munchkin Pumpkin Whoopie pie recipe (after the jump).