A beginning

Hello!

This is officially my first entry into blog-hood...I've spent a few days picking out the right template, playing with the background colors, deciding if things should line up on the left or the right side of the screen. You know, virtually nesting. I feel like it's the last hour before a party starts- the house is clean, the food's in the oven, I've checked my makeup, and...now what? Should I watch TV? What if no one shows up?

Let's do some introductions: I'm Stephanie, I'm the host. I'm American but I live in London, via South Korea, Arizona, Oregon, Florida, and my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. I guess you could say I've been a little bit of a drifter, but I've been living happily in London for nearly six years now, working in children's publishing and generally enjoying myself. And for me, enjoying myself always involves food.

Take today, a regular old workday. Wednesday. There won't be much in the way of interesting eating I'm afraid, but I did come into my office this morning to find something very special indeed. I've received a delivery of cookbooks, compliments of another publishing friend who has access to these sorts of things. She actually gave me her entire stocklist and told me to pick out whatever I want- incredible! It's pretty much the best thing that's happened to me all month.

I'm not going to open the box until I get home, because then I really wouldn't get any work done. Erm, not like I'm doing now. But I know that inside is one on classic British cooking (more on that subject in the future, no doubt, since it has such a reputation for being very very bad, but is in fact very very good and at certain times, just hits the chintz-and-lace-doily spot in my stomach...), one on smoking and preserving your own fish and meat at home, and a cheffy one from Tom Aikens who I've seen on TV and I must say is rather good-looking, but sadly whose restaurants are a bit out of my, ahem, price range. And, well, another six books or so. I just couldn't choose a polite number from the hundred I was given to choose from.

There's a lot to do. So much food to cook, and only three meals a day. Let the party begin!

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