December 28, 2012

Champagne Mini Cakes

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Champagne Mini Cakes

Here's a nice idea for New Year's Eve celebration: cute mini cakes baked with champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling wine. I got the idea from here but used a different recipe for the cakes, frosting, fruit, and chocolate garnish.

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

The Nativity

Wishing you a blessed and joyful


December 13, 2012

Bimuelos for Hanukkah

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Happy Hanukkah to all my readers!

Searching for fried food to make for the Jewish festival of lights holiday, Hanukkah, which began December 8 and will end on the 16th, I was surprised to find that the sweet snack called bimuelos which are very similar to the Filipino buñuelos are actually related. Although the recipes are different, they are both deep fried and served with syrup or honey or simply dusted with sugar. The tiny snacks are really really delicious drizzled with honey. It's also good with caramelized condensed milk but I prefer them with honey. I had for lunch all the bimuelos in the picture after photographing them. I couldn't resist the crispy crust and light as feather puffy honeycombed crumb.

these bimuelos have a light puffy 
honey-combed crumb and crispy crust

December 6, 2012

Red Velvet Doughnuts

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I'm seeing red food items everywhere, it's the season after all. One of the baked items I wanted to make since I saw them in one of the blogs I visit are those cute red velvet cake donuts. I never liked cake donuts so baked them with yeast and topped with slightly sweet maple flavored whipped cream. You can also dip them in cream cheese glaze, if preferred. Yummy with either topping.  

December 1, 2012

Best and Worst 2012

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I read about 35 fiction and 5 non-fiction books this year and viewed hundreds of movies, half were foreign language. Most on this list came out in 2012; some a few years ago. Not included here are non-fiction books and movies.

Books Fiction
Haruki Murakami

Prague Cemetery
Umberto Eco

Tahir Shah

Odd Apocalypse
Dean Koontz

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell

50 Shades of Grey
E. L. James

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Seth Grahame-Smith

The Man from Beijing
Henning Mankell

The Casual Vacancy
J. K. Rowling

Movies (Fiction)
Marvel's The Avengers


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol



The Hunger Games



The Raid: Redemption

The Adventures of Tintin

Aimee Mann

Made Possible
the bad plus

Never Trust a Happy Song

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