It was such a buzz to launch my book Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook in London last week!
The weather gods were kind to us and we enjoyed 360 degree views of this amazing city from the Penthouse Terrace of New Zealand House in Haymarket. Thanks so much to the New Zealand High Commission for making this fabulous venue available to us so we could showcase New Zealand creativity and produce to the world.
More than 120 guests nibbled gorgeous canapes made from recipes in the book, including yummy New Zealand lamb racks and venison supplied by Silver Fern Farms. These were paired with delicious wines from Trinity Hills.
The guest list included dignitories such as Deputy High Commissioner for New Zealand Belinda Brown, as well as media, bloggers and our friends and supporters from Octopus Publishing, UKTV Good Food, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand.
The book is being published in the UK by Octopus for release today (6 June), and also available on amazon.co.uk. To coincide with the launch, the accompanying television series will be screened on UKTV Good Food from 6pm on Wednesday 8 June.
The very best part was having such a fun party in that way Kiwis really know how to and are so famous for, with a generous sense of warmth and hospitality that's at the heart of what Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook is all about. Gorgeous food, delicious wines and great fun were had by all!
And now as I navigate the rush and bustle of Istanbul's 17 million people, there can be no doubt that ours is the new lucky country. There are just so many people out here in the world, with so much pressure and poverty and so little personal space in these mega cities. And while it is incredibly stimulating it's also quite relentless - there's no sense of ever being able to slow down or escape.
It makes me feel so lucky to be a New Zealander!