Here we are again, then, looking back at another year and what a year 2016 turned out to be! Let’s focus on the musical highlights of the year, rather than its shadows. In no particular order, these are my favourite albums of the year we leave behind. It’s not a long list (and I confess there are still albums I’d like to have listened to more carefully and which may have ended up on this list), but it shines bright.
Every year, I collect my favourite albums and present them here and 2015 is no different. There are many that I still haven’t had a chance to listen to, so this list is perhaps a bit incomplete. No matter, here they are, in no particular order, except for the first track, which comes from my top album of 2015! Courtney Barnett’s “Sometimes I sit and think, sometimes I just sit”. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
I remember discovering this dish in a magazine when I was a young teenager. Cold meat? A liquefied sauce made from tuna and eggs? It was unlike anything else I knew at the time and I was instantly hooked. Who knew that food could be so different and delicious (I grew up a long time ago in a small Greek town, far, far away, so some allowances should be made to my teenage mind).
This is the time of the year for comfort food; warm and satisfying, something to curl up on the sofa with. Few desserts are more comforting that rice pudding, with its creamy, giving texture and fragrant, lightly toasted rice. That it is so easy to make is, of course, a welcome bonus.
Fish is one of the best ingredients to cook with. Its flavour is subtle and requires little effort or preparation to bring out. Ceviche, a dish of raw/marinated fish and seafood from the Americas, is a perfect example of this approach. Fresh fish, marinated in citrus juice and other seasonings, served simple and unadorned. Because it can be prepared in advance and its flavours are vibrant and fresh, it makes the perfect appetiser for a dinner party.