For those who think of food 24/7, it can be difficult to name one particular food moment out of an entire year that really struck you as important. I interviewed three food bloggers, asking them to share their favorite food moments of the year. Read what they have to say here!
My good friend Tamre of The Tiny Table shares her reflection of a special gift she received.
My food moment of 2012 was receiving my pasta roller attachment set for my Kitchenaid mixer. I love fresh pasta. I was always intimidated by making it at home. The very first batch I made was delicious. I’m now obsessed with making fresh pasta with variations based on the season. Up next? Pumpkin pasta with a light brown butter sauce and fried sage leaves. See you at dinner.
Kelli of Kelli’s Retro Kitchen Arts and I have promoting each others food blogs through our widgets, so I asked if she would reflect on her favorite food moment of the year.
Thank you for asking me about my favorite food moment of the year 2012. It happens that it wasn’t that long ago so it is still fresh in my mind. It all started when I got my December issue of Food Network Magazine . There was a test-your-knowledge- quiz in it and since it has been about a year since I began my learning to cook journey; I thought it would be amusing to see if I had learned anything at all. I am happy to say that I only missed 3 questions!
Feeling a bit heady from all the important epicurean knowledge rolling around in my brain, I spied a picture of white bliss! Apparently, it is also called a Coconut Roulade. I was mesmerized by the blinding purity of the cake with frosting against an equally white background that seemed to go on forever, maybe even into another dimension. I knew I must make it! As luck would have it, I even had all the ingredients – this is something new in our house – having actual “ingredients” for anything more than a PB&J.
I arose at 3:30 AM on a Sunday morning to begin. A precautionary measure against any cursing or breaking of the dishes that has been known to happen occasionally when frustration overcomes good sense and the husband must lead me off to “rest” while he consoles the dogs telling them, “Mommy wasn’t yelling at YOU”. There were four parts to this Roulade (which is a fancy pants French name for “roll”). The first part was to get all the ingredients measured and close at hand. It took an hour but, CHECK! Next was mixing it all together and whipping the egg whites, CHECK! *Baking doesn’t count anymore*. The flipping and rolling of the cake then commenced. CHECK……..CHECK! Heck yeah, C-H-E-C-K!!! It was at this moment, when I was rolling a cake that I realized I had actually learned to cook and adapt being flexible in the kitchen. There were also no cussing or broken dishes and no apologies for bad behavior were needed.
It was an epiphany for me where the angel choir sang and a golden crown was place on my head by those pretty blue cartoon birds that dressed Snow White. Yes, it was a very good moment! Now, if I could just figure out how to use props and take better pictures!
Anita, who writes as Hungry Couple, who shares a similar love with me – soups.
I’ve always been a huge soup lover, particularly in the winter months. It’s practically all I want to eat. But I’ve always been intimidated to make my own, believing it was somehow very complicated. Reading so many lovely new food blogs this year convinced me that it was worth a try and I made my very first homemade soup, creamy potato and leak. It was a revelation how easy and satisfying it was to make my own. Not to mention that it was completely delicious and I had a nice big batch that lasted for days. I still have a cupboard full of canned soups but I can’t bear the thought of opening one of those cans. Even when I was sick recently, I went into the kitchen and made myself my own big pot of comforting soup.
Today’s blog was prompted by ThinkKit, who asked “ask 3 people their favorite moment of the year.” Want to know more about Anita and Kelly? Read this post and see some of their favorite recipes!