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.
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.
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.
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
Timbuctoo Tahir Shah
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
50 Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Man from Beijing
The Casual Vacancy
J. K. Rowling
Movies (Fiction) Best
Marvel's The Avengers
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The Hunger Games
The Raid: Redemption
The Adventures of Tintin
the bad plus
Never Trust a Happy Song
>I was too lazy to link to amazon; if you are curious or interested, the amazon box is at the right sidebar.