Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

Wow, the whole December must have been on fast forward mode. In the food blogging world, there were many themed challenges this month, some of which I was able to participate (sorry Alan, didn’t get to do your Aspiring Bakers’ Challenge). While in the musical part of my life, it has been a mad run with the average of 2 gigs per week. One more gig tomorrow at Jaya One (right in the middle of Palm Square, outside Brussels Beer Cafe) and then we’ll kickstart the year with another gig at Tom, Dick and Harry’s Bar at Pavilion on Jan 1st. Excitement.

Speaking of Tom, Dick and Harry’s, we were just there on Wednesday and it was such a fun gig. I was really glad that so many of my friends came out to play and sing along with us. Even on some of the cheesy Christmas Carols.

Picture taken by Tim Chew.
Picture taken by Tim Chew. How unfortunate to have blocked off both my bassist and drummer.

I got my dress fromย Many gorgeous dresses on that website.

Own Pic.
Pic by Frank

Here’s a rare moment of me on the keyboard in public. I was playing my original song “You and I

Some of the MHB girls are there too!
Some of the MHB girls are there too, photobombed by random white dude. Pic by Tim Chew again.

Thank you my friends (new and old) for being there for me, not just this time but for all the previous gigs I’ve done. Hopefully you all had as much fun as I did.

As 2012 draws to a close, I’d like to do a quick summary of my favourite recipes through the year. Your opinions matter too of course, as I’ve made the list up based on traffic and number of comments.

Click on the pictures for the respective blog posts.

10. Starting off with the totally crazy Purple Carrot Cake, inspired by mummy’s creation.

Purple Carrot Cake

This was made in conjunction with my blog’s 1st anniversary. I also used it in my slightly weird East Meets West Poached Egg Dish.

9. This dish caught the attention of Yummly.

Pan Fried Salmon, Spinach Quinoa, and Mango Salsa

Nice and healthy dish perfect for the hot weather. It was about the time I started falling in love with Quinoa.

8. Somebody posted this one on and I suddenly got 2000+ hits in a day. It was shocking. But in a good way.

Cheddar Biscuits

This was actually something I made out of boredom. I was thinking to make something with cheese, and these delicious morsels materalised (sadly went to cheese heaven soon after).

7. First time making pasta and most of you were more interested in the way I hung the pasta on the back of a chair. Hehe. Seriously though, the magazine taught me that, so I’m not going to take any credit for it.

Beef Stroganoff with Handmade Parsley and Pepper Spaghetti

That Beef Stroganoff was absolutely delicious too.

6. I’m glad that there are more than one vegetarian dishes that made into the Top 10.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters

You might have also noticed that I’ve recently posted a carrot version too. Fritters are the best way to make vegetables irresistible.

5. One of the many egg dishes I’ve posted and this has to be a personal favourite.

Shakshouka – Egg poached in Spicy Pepper Sauce. Best with Pita bread.

The best breakfast doesn’t have to involve bacon and all the trimmings. I can be perfectly happy going vegetarian.

4. This might not have the highest traffic but it’s one of the most time consuming dishes I’ve cooked this year.

Tonkotsu Ramen

But after having Marutama Ramen, I don’t think I’ll be making my own again. Unless I can get my hands on their secret recipe. Hehe.

3. This is the second most popular Sarawak dish, first being the Sarawak Laksa and that was posted last year.

Sarawak Kolo Mee

Yes yes another noodles dish. I can’t help it!

2. This baking episode has a very painful story attached to it. But turned out to be the most commented post. Do you like to see me in pain?

Linzer Torte

Kidding. I know I’m a walking accident. Oh and by the way my knee is almost painless now. It’s now time to start with the rehab exercises.

1. *Drum Rolls* This is a special one because it’s THE competition dish. Something that’s actually enjoyed by a bunch of strangers (and friends).

Pineapple and Tomato tart with Poached Egg, Olive Pรขtรฉ and Balsamic Reduction

Watch out for the January edition of nourish magazine for a short feature on the Top 3 contestant from Nutriplus Pastry Challenge.

That’s it, folks! See you in 2013. Happy New Year to all!

25 Comments Add yours

  1. here’s looking forward to more of your recipes next year. especially the eggy ones, heh! ๐Ÿ˜€ have a safe celebration ushering in 2013 tomorrow =)

    1. kellysiew says:

      No problem with the egg dishes at all! Happy NYE to you! No doubt eating up somewhere nice eh?

  2. Happy New Year’s Even Kelly and Frank ๐Ÿ™‚ This year has definitely flown by! I can’t believe it’s coming to an end already! I can’t keep up hehe!

    I love all the recipes you posted up and wow gosh you are a good cook ~ Definitely much better than I ever will be! My favourite dish would have to be your purple carrot cake and hehe the lizer torte both looks so so so good ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 2013 be even more amazing for you and Frank xox

    1. kellysiew says:

      Wow you are up late, on leave? Both your fav items are purple, coincidence? Hehehehe. Happy NYE to you and Mr Bao!

      1. Thanks Kelly ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m over in HK now on holidays ehehe that’s why ~ it’s 3 hours behind Melb time.

    2. kellysiew says:

      Ooh very nice! Same time zone as us of course. Enjoy your vacation and precious time with family!

  3. Lovely roundup of the year, Kelly! Wishing you an even better 2013 with more time to dedicate to cooking ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you! I think I’ve been blessed with plenty of time for cooking this year hahaha. Let’s hope I’ll have more motivation to attempt things that I’ve never done before!

  4. suituapui says:

    Happy New Year. All the best & God bless always in the year ahead. Cheers!!!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. Happy New Year kelly! Have an even greater year ahead!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you, happy new year!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. ulric says:

    Happy New Year ahead! =)

    1. kellysiew says:

      Same to you! More yummies to be had!

  7. The Yum List says:

    I’d love to try to the purple carrot cake. Happy New Year Kelly! Wishing you a fantastic 2013.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Happy New Year to you too, let 2013 be an even yummier year ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Phong Hong says:

    Happy New Year, Kelly! Looking forwards to more of your recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. kellysiew says:

      Happy New Year to you too!

  9. Ken says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, Happy New Year to you and your family ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Esther says:

    Nice recap, you rally covered a wide variety of dishes. Happy new year!

    1. kellysiew says:

      I like to try everything at least once! ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy New Year!

  11. theragingcook says:

    Happy New Year to you and Frank!!! One shakshouka, salmon, fritters and ramen please!!! And the pinepapple poached egg tomoto tart would be an awesome NEw Year’s day brunch!!!

    1. kellysiew says:

      That sounds like a feast! Happy New Year! May 2013 be another yummy year for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hi Kelly,
    Happy New Year!
    Wish you the very best in 2013!

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