Monday, 31 December 2007

What will 2008 bring?

Black-Eyed Peas

Two things I know for certain. One, it will begin with black-eyed peas, cornbread, and collard greens. This little family tradition began, one can only guess, with my mother's college days in Georgia. And two, if it all goes awry one gets a second chance at a fresh beginning with the Chinese New Year. Everything else is a complete mystery.
As with everything I have done, there has been no great master plan; only hopes and wishes. I have allowed my heart to set the course and used my head to navigate the journey. The inverse would have been undoubtedly much simpler, but far less colourful.
When I started HOBAC it was out of a fit of pique and as a way to rail against what I see as the gross homogenisation of culture and intellect. It was never meant to be a decorating blog per say, but rather an insight into the different inspirations that form the basis of my work. At the very least, I hoped it would provide a slightly different perspective. As with myself, I hope it too will be more organised and focused (and, perhaps, even a little less guarded) in the coming year.

Here's wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Now playing: Dolly Parton - Travelin' Thru
via FoxyTunes


Pigtown-Design said...

House... all of the very best wishes for you in the new year!

I am making Hoppin' John for two parties tomorrow. I may write about it on my foodie blog.

Happy New Year!

katiedid said...

I have to come up with something for a party tonight. Ideas? appetizer-ish is what is requested. I thought I would unload the Australian 2 buck chuck wine that someone thought to bring to my Christmas Party....maybe that is a little too trashy though. Maybe I'll break it out at the end of the evening when no one really cares what they are drinking.

Anyway- I wanted to wish you the very HAPPIEST of New Years!!! I look forward to many visits in 2008!

HOBAC said...

katiedid - what about serving Italian spritzers
with a bagna caudaĂ uda
and some smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and lumpfish caviar blinis ?

Have a wonderful New Year.

And btw fairfax does a scrummy looking sun dried tomato pesto on her food blog.

Layer Cake said...

Happy New Year HOBAC! Reading your blog and becoming your pal this last year was one of the greatest highlights of 2007 for me. I know for sure I will be back in London in 2008 and I hope we have time to dine or do something other than stand around you-know-where while surly crusty people stare. ;)

Have the best new year! And I love the second chance with Chinese New Year sentiment. Here's to optimism! Love ya!

Mrs. Blandings said...

HOBC - I have no need of more organization or focus here, as I am incredibly satisfied with the product already. Here's to a healthy and happy 08 - just wondering if I should wish you no philistines, or maybe just one for my enjoyment. Happy new year.

HOBAC said...

Ha! Happy New Year, Mrs B.!

Brilliant Asylum said...

Happy New Year, HOBAC. My Georgia mother cooks "Hoppin John" every year too. Being able to pass is what makes me thankful that I am an adult. I never understood that meal.

I hope 2008 is wonderful for you!

HOBAC said...

And for you too BA!

Patricia Gray said...

I really have enjoyed reading your blog over the past year. Wishing you all the very best for 2008!!!!

HOBAC said...

PG -thank you, that means a great deal to me.
Here's wishing you and yours all the best for the coming year.