I have been gone a while. This year, so far, seems to have consisted of fits and starts. Blogging wise, in any case. This time, however, I have an excuse that I dare you to contest. In fact, anyone who’s done this before will stand by me in acknowledging that an adorably cute and infinitely cuddly new member to the family would distract even the most stalwart of food bloggers. May I introduce our bella Stella negra. And between madam cuddle-bottom and the glories of the exploding spring I’ve been rather busy, you see. Watch this space.