Happy New Year to all! After a short break, we’re back in the office and ready to transform exceptional manuscripts into attractive, informative, and easy-to-read publications.

I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on a few things from 2018, share a New Year’s resolution or two, divulge a delicious family recipe passed down from my mother, and introduce our new design capabilities.

Enjoy – and, on behalf of the Independent Ink team, I wish you a healthy, happy 2019 full of excellent reads.

Top reads of 2018

I may be a book fanatic, but I will admit that I’ve been finding it harder and harder to read before bed. My eyes are just too tired. Do any of you experience this?

Right at the end of 2018, I picked up a copy of Jane Harper’s The Lost Man. This novel kept me turning the pages well after my usual lights out time – it was certainly one of my top reads for the year.

I’d love to know what your 2018 top read was – let us know in the comments below!

A resolution for the new year

Another book I read toward the end of 2018 got me thinking about how most of us tend to overspend, including myself. This year, I’d like to take a few steps toward minimising unnecessary spending, starting with bringing my lunch to work.

This quick and easy trick not only drastically reduces my spending, but also minimises waste by eliminating my need for takeaway plastic and packaging. The office microwave pings some days, unveiling a meal of delectable leftovers. On other days, the sandwich press heats up a whole range of tasty treats.

A tried-and-true family recipe

You may not know this, but I adore cooking. I’ve been mixing up a storm in the kitchen since I was a kid – I find it incredibly enjoyable and stress-reducing. I do, however, get bored with cooking the same old thing week after week, and coming up with new meals for the family can become a real chore. Does anyone else feel the same way?

In light of this, I thought I’d share one of my beloved classics (which make for amazing leftovers and lunches, if you, like me, are looking to minimise your spending this year) that you can test out on your family.

My mother’s zucchini bake

My mum gave me this recipe when I was in my teens, and I’ve been cooking it ever since. It’s great for lunch or dinner, hot or cold, and is perfect for large gatherings. Simply cut it into bite-sized pieces and watch as people keep coming back for more.

Ingredients

375g grated zucchini
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 rashers of bacon, chopped
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup self-raising flor
½ cup olive oil
5 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Grease a baking dish and pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, pour into the dish, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. When cooked, the bake will be golden brown and firm. Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.

Our newest team member has the design gift

Last month, we welcomed Maria Biaggini to our team.

Since joining us, Maria has done an incredible job on a variety of design projects, from cover designs to internal layouts.

Now, enough of my ramblings – it’s back to work!

And if you would like to know more about the graphic design work we can do for your print and digital publications, please give us a shout.