… is it already time to say goodbye you? It seems like it was just a few days back I was saying Hello to you and looking forward to paint you with vivid colors. Now here I am again - same place, same time and looking forward to greeting another new year with the same eagerness and enthusiasm. But 2011 … you have been good to me.
Looking back at all that 2011 will therefore be a lot of fun. I invite you to join me while I take a quick trip through a year that had many highs.
I’ve never been the one to make resolutions for a new year. If there are aspects of my life that needs changes then they need changing then and there and not putting it off for the begin of a new year. Why take the burdens of the old year with you?
They are goals I’d like to reach and while I take small steps forward I try to find the best path to achieve those goals. 2011 was very much about reaching my goals and … feeling good about those accomplishments.
In 2010 I had set the stepping stone to promote Meeta K. Wolff Photography more professionally. In 2011 I forged ahead with this goal, finally reaping what had been sown. It was pure pleasure to work on various projects with some exceptional clients, including Eckes-Granini, Air Canada, Laviva magazine to name a few.
All the time I am learning how the business works, making contacts and acquiring valuable knowledge that will help me further in the future. It’s an enthralling road and while I never loose track of my goal, I am enjoying the journey immensely.
I continue to enhance my skills, playing around with different styles and stepping out of my comfort zone to find new aspects of styling and composition. 2011 was very much about pulling all that I have learned over the years together and putting it into practice and daring to do things differently. It’s been elating to realize how at ease I have become with the more challenging aspects of photography, giving me more confidence to be adventurous.
The 11th Weblog Awards started the year off well as What’s For Lunch, Honey? I was once again nominated as one of five finalists for Best European Blog … maybe I’ll finally win it in 2012 :o) To all of you who nominated this blog I thank you so much for all your support.
I have been very ecstatic at the press attention What’s For Lunch, Honey? has received from the German press in 2011. My humble blog was mentioned and featured in big German newspapers like Süddeutsche Zeitung and Zeit Magazin and Kwerfeldein.de, Germany’s biggest online photography magazine worked together with me to feature my article on food styling and props. Another real high came from the feature in Harper’s Bazaar India, where I was featured and one of India’s “Food Inventors” … I was thrilled!
Crush Magazine Issue 6, run by the amazing and very debonair Michael Olivier featured a selection of my recipes pairing them with exciting South African wines. The Rambling Epicure portrayed some of my writing and ran photography features in the Food Art series and I worked with the lovely Silvanna from The Foodie Bugle as a featured writer.
Some of my favorite recipes from the blog this year have been:
- German Lentil and Sausage Stew
- The Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani
- Brunost Cheese Panna Cotta with Sticky Toffee Pears
- Ossobuco with Prunes, Apricots and Saffron
- Honey Roasted Cardamom Apple and Brown Butter Streusel Crostata
For a chocolate addict there were many chocolate treats to entice the sweet tooth:
- Chocolate Ovalmaltine Daim Cake
- Morello Cherry Chocolate and Cognac Teacakes
- Chocolate Orange Cake with Salted Caramel Ganache
- Chocolate Chunk Cookies
2011 was about traveling to sensational cities, visiting incredible food markets, swimming in gorgeous turquoise seas and enjoying the vivid warm colors of Fall. From Vienna to London to Gozo and Tuscany, 2011 kept my itchy traveling feet busy and camera clicking.
2011 was also very much about enjoying the tranquility of being at home. Weimar has become a place dear to my heart and I love living here … I know it will not be forever so I capture it’s beauty the best way I know how … in images.
From Plate to Page was one of my biggest goals for 2011 and boy what can I say … together with three of my dearest friends Jeanne, Jamie and Ilva, we came, we saw and we conquered! We laid the foundation for these workshop series in 2010 and this year we successfully completed the first two. The first one in Weimar simply blew us away and just as we were thinking it could not be topped, the second one in Tuscany took our breaths away! The hard work that we’ve been putting into these workshops has been demanding but so satisfying.
The biggest added bonus about From Plate to Page has been meeting new people who leave as good friends and of course seeing those three lovely ladies who have become an extended part of me.
2011 was definitely about friendship! So, cheers to you my new and old friends - this one’s for all of you:
Cheers to you my dearest sisters: Ilva, Jamie, Jeanne. Cheers also to precious and cherished friends far away but who have become so close to heart Robin, Nanette, Deeba all of you cheer me on from afar and motivate me through all my endeavors. Thank you friends! I hope 2012 brings us closer together!
If you have not already, please do take a few minutes to browse through both the From Plate to Page posts and enjoy some of the magic created.
If now you too want to be a part of this magic, registrations to the third From Plate to Page are open and we have a few spots free, so come on over and check out our incredible programme, take in the beauty of our venue and register here. We’d love to see you there!
I eagerly look forward towards 2012 filled with excitement at a few new projects I already have in the pipeline, nervous and happy at the prospects of fulfilling them successfully, determined to keep myself on edge, to learn, to thrive and most important to have a damn good time doing it all. I hope 2012 will be as vibrant and exciting as 2011 was and I hope more than ever that you will continue to be a part of my roller coaster ride.
Thanks to each and every one of you - my valued readers, faithful friends, loyal fans, perceptive advisors, cheering cheerleaders, incognito lurkers and always my supporting family. You add color to this little space of mine! Your thoughts, feedback, motivation and support does not go unnoticed. I hope I am able to give a little back of all that you continuously give me.
Come raise your champagne glasses and let the bubbles tingle at your noses as we welcome 2012 together!
Wishing you all a funky and bubbly New Year. May 2012 be a deliciously sweet year for you all!
See you on the other side!
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