Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bride To Be

I'm slightly mortified by my lack of posting, particularly as Marley and Rod's wedding cake is featured in the current edition of Bride to Be magazine, as well as being the last thing I posted back in March.

To be honest I've barely baked a thing since then. My (weak) justification is that February, March and April were consumed by morning sickness; May, June and July by renovations; and most recently gestational diabetes has seriously diminished my interest in baking.

The good news is that our new kitchen is almost finished, which makes me think a housewarming celebration (with cake) is on order. And there are only about 9 weeks til the tiny human makes an appearance, at which time I will again be able to enjoy a gelato if I feel like it. So stick with me!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Marley and Rod's Wedding Cake

Finally I am posting a few photos of the boozy whisky fruitcake I made for Marley and Rod's wedding. Room for improvement but I was pretty proud of my efforts!

My progress through the list of things to achieve by 30 is very slow, but I am happy to at least have achieved the big goal of making and decorating a wedding cake!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

(Belated) Happy New Year & Cherry Bombe

I have no excuse for my absence other than the laziness that comes with the Summer holidays and then the panic that comes with return to work. So I wish you all a happy new year, albeit rather belatedly. Over the last month I've had a lovely (and indulgent) Christmas, made the famous wedding fruitcake, made some resolutions about sustainable shopping and eating, and generally enjoyed the sunshine. Link
My family gets very excited by Christmas, very very very excited. Our Christmas menu was heavily influenced by Gourmet Traveller, particularly the dessert that Mum and I made on Christmas Eve, a spectacular Cherry Bombe. You can find the recipe here.

Believe the instructions when they say that the recipe is very involved. For us that meant a division of labour. I made the sponge cake and pitted what seemed like thousands of cherries before we made the sorbet together. Mum made the cherry ripple ice cream. I made and applied the Italian meringue. Mum blow torched it (and briefly set the bombe on fire!) So a big team effort. During the process we had some doubts over whether the end result would be worth the effort, but believe me it was.

So I'll leave you with a promise to write again soon! TTFN xx