Tuesday, 8 January 2008

I'm back!

After two weeks in Asia, I'm finally back to London. My trip back home was amazing and despite the fact that I returned to a flat with no heat and hot water (boiler is on the fritz) and my bags didn't make it back with me (connecting in CDG is a nightmare), I'm still feeling the glow from a wonderful vacation.

Santa was extremely generous this Christmas and I received many, many food-related presents that will in some way or another be used on this blog. My favourite present hands-down came from M who surprised me with my very own MacBook! Readers of my blog may recall that sometime towards the early life of the blog, I managed to destroy my previous computer when I tripped over the wire and sent it crashing to the floor. Since then, I've been blogging from M's computer (a MacBook as well) and although I've always been a PC user, I quickly fell in love with the Apple's speed of booting up and its stability. Not once have I ever seen the blue screen of death on an Apple, a sight that was becoming all too common on my IBM laptop. My new MacBook is sleek and black and best of all, it comes with a magnetic power cord that automatically detaches when pressure is applied so no worries about this baby ever crashing to the floor! Needless to say, I am now blogging on my very own MacBook. Gone are the days of having to fight over the computer.

My sexy new Macbook

Other presents that I received, in no particular order are:
  • An Oneida cupcake carrier (Thanks to J and S)

Oneida cupcake carrier
  • A lovely cast iron pancake / blini pan (Courtesy of A and H)
  • An egg timer (Thanks again to H)
  • A foldable chopping board which eliminates spillage (from M)
  • A heart shaped oven mitt (yet again from M)
  • Cool, zebra-patterned muffin cases (also from M)
  • A nifty, electronic kitchen timer (M is really spoiling me...)

Clockwise from top left: Pancake pan, chopping board, kitchen timer, muffin cases, oven mitt and egg timer
  • A Le Creuset set consisting of 4 ramekins, a baking dish, a round cocotte and an oval cocotte


Le Creuset set
  • A 9" springform pan
  • Assorted silicone bakeware


Silicone bakeware and springform pan

Okay, the last 3 items were really things I bought myself but since they were bought during the holiday season, I consider them presents to myself. I can think of so many things that I can make with the different gifts I've received from souffles to cheesecakes to potato blinis to delicious cupcakes. I can't wait! 

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year and I'll be back soon with my first food post of 2008.
 

1 comment:

Cookiemouse said...

Macs have the spinning beachball of death instead. You'll get to know it soon enough when you load up Firefox with all its customizations. Still Macs are the best and I love mine!