Just got back from a wonderful month in Jakarta.

That’s me with the handbag in the picture above, three to the right of the bride—my niece. I just had to be there! Haven’t been to a Javanese wedding in years.

Of course I managed to find time to do some serious eating while I was in Indonesia

Nasi Padang lunch

Padang is a city on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The Dutch adopted this type of meal—many little dishes, served with rice (nasi)—and called it Rijstafel. It is still easy to find in Amsterdam. And with the ever-growing popularity of tapas-style eating nowadays it has come right back into mode.


Old-fashioned cookie store


Soursop (buah sirsak in Indonesian)

One of my favourite fruits in the whole world. Similar in taste and texture to a custard apple. We planted this tree at my parents’ new house seven years ago. It came into season for the first time while I was there. I like to think it was saying hello. It has produced a huge crop for such a small tree—and the fruit are so sweet and delicious. I was very tempted to bring one home for Kevan.

I’m so sorry I had to say no to some customers while I was away during November. But I arrived back home in Haslemere on the 28th, and my first job is three days later! It’s going to be a busy few weeks. At the moment I have five jobs to fit in before Christmas. Actually it’s great to come back after a good break and get straight into being busy again.

A very happy festive season to all my customers and friends. I hope I’ll be seeing a lot of you before the New Year.

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