Monday, December 1, 2008

A whole year has passed!

It is hard to believe I have been at this lark for a year! As I wrote a few posts back, recently I have been wondering whether I actually wanted to keep going. I had no idea when I started this what it would plug me into, a whole community a food nuts and amazing inspiration and gorgeous photography. I have also met lots of new people through the blogging community and the foodie forums I belong to also have a strong and supportive group of bloggers. It is, to be fair, (I am loathe to admit) something of an addiction now. I struggle to let several days go by without doing a post. I have tried to rationalise (in all kinds of ways which are just too boring and obvious to cover here!) why I do this, but actually, when it comes down to it - the basic reason I do it is because I enjoy it. And hey, what is life if you don't enjoy it? So I have come full circle, philosophically speaking, and decided that whatever my reason for being here, I LOVE it, so I am going to keep blogging for the pure enjoyment factor.
What do I LOVE about blogging?
  • I love styling a plate of food, it really extends and flexes my creative muscle, creativity rocks!
  • I love getting just the right angle on a photo so that the light picks up some gleaming bit of sauce, or some smooth bit of icing, or some juicy bit of fruit. That never fails to thrill me!
  • I love seeing other peoples creativity and feeding (quite literally) off it!
  • I love that blogging has made me dare to try things I would never have dreamed of trying in the past, like....fully fledged tea parties, vegan cooking, making my own cheese, making kick arse scones (I so love being able to make GREAT scones now), making and decorating elaborate cakes, rediscovering my love for making preserves and home made foodie gifts. I truly am a much more confident cook because of blogging.
  • I love that when people ask me for recipes now I can say "It's on my blog"
  • Most of all I love it when a recipe I post inspires others to try it and love it as much as I did!
I didn't have any intention of baking/making anything to mark this post with, but I did end up making this cake for a morning tea shout for my husbands work. Appropriately, it is a Nigella recipe, (from How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, I am finally acquainting myself properly with this lovely book!)
and also fittingly, it is dead easy- my kind of cooking!
Victoria Sponge

1 1/2 c plain flour
1/4 c corn flour
1 cup plus 2 tbsp caster sugar
225g very soft butter
2 tsp BP
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
2 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 180 C. Butter two 20 cm round cake pans.
Put all ingredients, except milk, into a food processor and process to mix. Make sure it is all mixed and process some more while pouring milk through the funnel. The batter should be a soft dropping consistency. Pour into cake pans and bake for about 25 mins and a cake tester comes out clean. Let cakes stand in pans for a minute or so and then turn onto a wire rack to cool. Sandwich together with cream and jam or what ever you like!


Sally said...

And we LOVE you too Linda. Happy first anniversary.
Keep on a bloggin'

Rosie said...

Huge congrats Linda on your blog anniversary :) I fully relate to you on how you love blogging its such fun :) Here's to the next year ~cheers

osie x

hungryandfrozen said...

CONGRATS on passing the one-year mark! I've always loved your photography - must be that lovely sunlight up where you are :) I haven't been able to visit your blog as much as I'd like because for some reason my computer tends to freeze up when I'm here :( Gorgeous sponge - it's such a great recipe too.

Coby said...

I bet the time flew by too:) Happy anniversary, and many more to come:) What a perfect way to celebrate your first anniversary - the Sponge:)

dlyn said...

Lovely recipe - and congrats on your anniversary - I am celebrating my own over at my place with a few giveaways and special recipes - fun, isn't?

Norm said...

Happy Blogging Birthday Linda! I always enjoy popping in and reading about what you've been cooking.