Sunday, 8th August 2010 is a very special day for me. Nope, it isn't National Day Eve (Singapore's National Day falls on the 9th of August, marking our anniversary of independance). It is the day I met up with like-minded bloggers from all walks of life holding a passion for the culinary arts, be it baking or cooking.
The meeting took place at Edith's lovely and spacious home. It was really kind of her to welcome us with an open heart, considering that some of us are meeting her for the first time in person. All along, I got to know about these fellow bloggers through their blogs. Through reading their blog posts and exchanging comments, I learnt about little tidbits regarding their family, profession and other interesting details about their daily life. However, that was only the blogging persona. It is hard to imagine the looks of the talents behind these food blogs.
Among the fellow bloggers, I got to know Youfei and Pei-Lin the earliest. Back then, I was still a noob at baking and blogging and that was before I went on my year-long hiatus (I'm still noobish in some aspects, for instance bread making, lol). Slowly, I discovered more lovely blogs on the bloggosphere by other creative food directors whom I met at Edith's place for the very first time.
Fellow talented bloggers and creative directors at the meetup:
Pei-Lin from Dodol & Mochi
Jane from Passionate about Baking
Grace from Kitchen Corner
Edith from Precious Moments
Josephine from Sugar and Everything Nice
Bee Bee from Honey Bee Sweets
Aimei from Baking Cottage
Youfei from Loving Baking
Jess from Bakericious
Shirley from Kokken 69
Yan Ee from Sweeter Side of Life
The entire meetup lasted for 6 whooping hours! At 12 noon, the bloggers started flowing in. When everyone arrived, it was time for a sumptuous buffet spread of home prepared food seasoned with lots of effort and spiced with tender loving care. I could swear that the buffet spread is one of the best that I have eaten in my entire life. Sorry to the five-star hotels and reknowned restaurants. Most of them would not even come close to the standard of food served at the meetup. I was grinning from ear to ear and could hear my mind exclaiming with delight when I helped myself to the food.
Snap! Snap! Photo-taking time... Typical of us food bloggers, lol. First thing we did was dish out our cameras to take pictures. No pictures, no blogging...
Edith's open concept kitchen. Buffet time!
Mee Rebus prepared by Shirley. Thick and flavourful gravy.
Bandung drink prepared by Edith. Great beverage to go along with all the mouth-watering food.
Bakewell tarts prepared by Grace. Soft-cakey yet crumbly.
Sandwiches prepared by Yan Ee with nice eggy filling which I enjoyed.
Sweet and savoury porkfloss seaweed swiss rolls. I never had such swiss rolls. Really special. Kind of reminds me of sushi.
Wonderful pork and beef burgers prepared by Grace. The buns were homemade too. Nice and soft. This burger beats all the fast food burgers hands down anytime!
Chicken curry prepared by Josephine. I like the thick consistency of the gravvy. Not overly spicy. Sedap =]
Wholemeal cookies by Yan Ee. Full of nutty goodness.
Chocolate truffles by me..
Chocolate cookies with fleur de sel. I like the sandy crumbly texture of the cookies. Very different from the chocolate cookies I had so far.
Lavendar and plain shortbread cookies by Aimei. Cute packaging obtained from Daiso.
Olive oil spiced assorted nuts by Jane. I liked the aroma of herbs and spices here, fragrant but not overwhelming. Each blogger was given a tub to bring home.
Durian tarts by Pei-Lin. My favourite flavour of all time. I took back some tarts for my friends to try the next day. Everyone unanimously replied it was really good!
We forgot to take group pictures after eating and chatting. Jess helping herself to the mee rebus and Edith busy snapping away..
The lovely ladies: Josphine, Jess, Bee Bee, Edith (concealed) Aimei and Yan Ee (concealed)
I missed out some pictures on the food. Bee Bee brought along Mang Guang Kueh (Similar to Soon Kueh). The skin was soft and chewy, not hard and dry even though it was cold.
Some of my friends who knew that I going to the meetup jokingly asked if I could bring them along for a good feasting. They would have been in for a superb treat had they attended the meetup with me, lol.