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 fromΒ rarablack.com. 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 Reddit.com 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 PΓ’tΓ© 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!

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25 thoughts on “Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

  1. Happy New Year’s Even Kelly and Frank πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    May 2013 be even more amazing for you and Frank xox

    1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

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