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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

Christmas 

December 13, 2012

Bimuelos for Hanukkah

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Bimuelos

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.

Bimuelos
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
Best
1Q84
Haruki Murakami



Prague Cemetery
Umberto Eco



Timbuctoo
Tahir Shah


Odd Apocalypse
Dean Koontz



The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell



Worst
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)
Best
Marvel's The Avengers




50/50




Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol




Coraline




Headhunters




Worst
The Hunger Games




Brave





Drive




The Raid: Redemption




The Adventures of Tintin




Music
Charmer
Aimee Mann



Made Possible
the bad plus



Never Trust a Happy Song
Grouplove



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