2010 Roundup + Have a Happy New Year

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Like everyone says at the end of every year – where did the year go?

It always feels as though it’s just zoomed on past, especially the last few months.

I look back through 2010 where some exciting things have happened to my life and those around me.

On the cooking, baking and eating front – life has been full of sweet treats. I look forward to exploring and designing some of the desserts I have been thinking about. Although, as I’m sure everyone knows, time just flies – whether it be with work, family, friends or a high-maintenance garden. I still have my fingers crossed that I can accomplish or further some of the goals (cooking and personal) I have set for myself this year.

Best wishes to everyone. I hope you all have a fantastic New Year!!

V8 Cake

White Chocolate Cones with Nougat and Vienna Almond Semifreddo

Tropical Snow Egg

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Vanilla Mousse Tart with Strawberries and Macaron

Croquembouche (Piece Montée)

Asparagus, Broad Bean and Poached Egg Tart

Pistachio Macarons

Steamed Barbecued Pork Buns – Char Siu Bao

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Ciabatta Bread

Raspberry Sorbet

Vegetable Rolls

Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter by Bill Granger

Pizza Wheels

Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars

2009 Roundup, 101st post and Win a Cupcake Cookbook

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Here is a roundup of some of my favourite recipes for 2009, I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Plus – this is my 101st post.

I’m looking forward to what 2010 will hold for me, my cooking and for everyone else. Happy New Year everyone!

P.S. Look at the bottom of this page for your chance to win a cookbook!

Chocolate Swirl Croquembouche


Strawberry and Cream with White Chocolate Sponge and Ice Cream

Triple Chocolate Praline Tart

Baci Gelato

Chocolate Delice


Gingerbread House

Choc Chip Friands with Cinnamon and Almonds


Portuguese Custard Tarts

Strawberry Roulade with Lemon Cream

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

Pear and Raspberry Bread

White Chocolate and Hazelnut Mud Cake

White Chocolate and Honeycomb Mud Cake

Toblerone Cocktail

Beef Wellington

Beef Korma

Naan Bread

Mushroom and Cheese Strudel

Fajitas and Tortilla’s


Did you like them? There are many more, just go to my Recipes page to see what recipes are available.

I decided I should offer a prize for my lovely readers in celebration of my 101st post. After receiving a copy of Hello, Cupcake! as a birthday present, and seeing what cute creations can be made to decorate cupcakes, I decided this would be a great prize for someone. (1 prize available)


All you need to do to win, is write a comment below (to this post) answering the following question:

If you were to hold a themed party, what theme would you choose and how would you decorate and/or flavour your cupcakes to match the theme?

You may enter once daily (as long as your answer is different), and the competition ends on January 27th 2010 at 5pm AEST, with the winner being announced 30th January 2010. (Please make sure you use a valid email address, as this is how I will contact you).

** Please note: This competition is now closed. The winner has now been chosen: Katherine Ryan with cocktail party inspired cupcakes – see below for her answer **

Please note: This is not a sponsored competition, I will be buying from an online book store that says it ships worldwide – so this competition is open for everyone! (So tell your family and friends).

Happy New Year again everyone!

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