Yesterday, I met up with some of the volunteers from the previous Cook and Feed with Love Event. We didn't have much chance to interact previously, hence we decided on on a followup meetup on 27th Nov 2010 at the function room over at Jane's place.
Similar to my first bloggers meetup, it was a potluck party. I always look forward to potluck parties since they will be lots of mouth-watering food and I would have the chance to bake too. Lets take a look at the goodies:
Lemongrass drink prepared by Jane.
Coffee blondies with walnut toppings by Jane.
Potato Salad made by Sheryl. She used curry leaves and cashew nuts. Very unique and refreshing form the usual mayo-style potato salad.
Spicy shrimp bread rolls made by Judy.
These pretty looking chocolate cointreau cupcakes with cointreau flavoured swiss meringue buttercream were made by Eelin.
Fruity konnyaku jelly made by Doris.
Cheese macaroni made Doris.
Blueberry muffins by Edith.
Banana hazelnut sourcream cake by Edith.
Wing drumlets made by Josephine. She used teriyaki sauce, worchestersire sauce and lots of other seasonings.
Crunchy chocolate chips cookies prepared by me. I used Ghiradelli chocolate chips for the first time. There was'nt much difference from Hershey's chocolate chips. When I started out baking cookies, these were the first cookies I made.
Hawaiian pizza pie made by me. I used shortcrust pastry and the fillings for hawaiian pizza. The crust turned out ok but the fillings didnt quite work out for the pie (as opposed to a pizza) and was dry.
In total 9 volunteers turned up for the potluck. It was a pity some volunteers were unable to make it for this event. The volunteers present:
- Jane from Passionate about baking
- Sheryl from Life is too short, eat desserts!
- Judy from A Busy Gran's Kitchen
- Eelin from The Batter Baker
- Doris from Tested and tasted
- Edith from Precious Moments
- Josephine from Sugar & Everything Nice
- Christine from Yummy Koh
- Zhuoyuan (me)
Even though we do not know each other well, we chatted as though we have known each other for some time. It is interesting how our common hobby, or rather our passion, binds us together like glue. One thing for sure, these great minds, great bakers, lovely ladies understand what baking truly means to me better than most of my other friends do.
Jane prepared a game of Bingo! where we had to collect signatures from each other. It was interesting because the Bingo squares consist of facts/ tidbits related to us all and I could relate to a few of them, namely:
- owns at least 40 cookbooks (I have around 50 and the collection is still growing. I actually read my bakebooks before bedtime, lol. I think I'm going to get even more books in Dec.... )
- has other passion besides baking. That will be boardgaming and Stefanie Sun =]
- likes sports. I enjoy swimming.
- love to eat bread (but I can't make decent bread as yet, lol. I can eat bread for meals.)
Doris was the winner and she was presented with a jar of homemade madagascar bourbon vanilla extract made by Jane. Neat stuff!
I am already looking forward to our next event. Imagine us all meeting up to bake all day and night and slog it out in front of the oven and messing around with the ingredients. That will be unimaginably awesome!