Since mid-2011, there has been a change of priority in my life. Life became busier with work involvement and social activities, making baking a luxury activity to indulge in whenever I have the spare energy and time. Hence, that explains why my frequency of blogging dwindled for the past few months. On the other hand, I am not quite sure if age is another factor for the diminishing energy level. Sometimes, I feel like lazing and sitting in front of the TV lying on my comfortable sofa, switching from channel to channel, watching any programs that arouse my attention. Well, maybe its just plain old lazy me, trying to make excuses for myself.
On New Year's Day, I was browsing and reading my past entries. It has been a good three years since I started baking and blogging. As I was looking at the bakes I have made over the years, the nostalgia reminded me I have came quite a way (not very long it might be), starting from scratch. Thanks to the constant encouragement and affirmation from my family, friends, colleagues, fellow bakers and readers, I am able to sustain this passion and keep it going.
Looking back into 2011, the following is a roundup of some of the bakes:
Clockwise, starting from top left: Bear and Chick Cupcakes, Cream Cheese Marble Brownies, Devil's Food Cake, Rich Brownies
Clockwise, starting from top left: Chocolate Mud Cupcakes, Yam Fudge Cake, Cookies and Cream Layer, Chocolate Lava Pudding
Clockwise, starting from top left: Mini Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes, New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Mud Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream, Hotdog Buns
Baking, to me, is my comfort zone. It is also a sense of assurance, motivation and self confidence. I have always enjoyed the process of reading recipes and trying out bakes of all kinds - cakes, cookies, tarts, just to name but a few. It is especially gratifying when the bakes turn out great. That would mean I have treats to savour on afterwards.
As of now, I have not exactly tried out that many things. There are still tons of recipes out there beckoning to me, especially those from the bake books sitting on my book shelf. These recipes alone would suffice to last for a decade or two if I were to bake one recipe a day! Therefore for this 2012, I will continue on my journey for improvement, explore more bakes and strive to be a better baker.
Before I end off with my first post of the year, I would like to share another of my Xmas bake of 2011, a Cookies and Cream Log Cake.
Spreading the cookies and cream filling onto the chiffon sheet.
The rolled up Swiss roll, a log cake in its "naked" state.
Cross section of the log cake, before frosting. Needs more practice on my rolling skills
The final product after frosting. Homemade cookies and cream log cake for all occasion, with no snow man or any Xmas decorations.
Although it is only the second week of the year, the Chinese New Year is fast approaching already. Hopefully, my "CNY factory" will be faithfully churning out some goodies over the weekend in preparation for the festivities. Peanut cookies, Pineapple tarts, Sugee Cookies, Almond cookies, Kueh Lapis..... I am coming for you!
(recipe for log cake to be posted on a later date)