First, I need to apologize for the belated giveaway announcement. It didn’t strike me that the date I was to make the annoucement would be new year’s eve and I would be rushing around like a headless chicken doing CNY preparation with my mom. So I’m sorry for those who participated in my giveaway…read on below for the results!
The past week, I have been a little busy with a mini dessert table order for my colleague’s housewarming, and I’m glad to report that the desserts I prepared were quite well-received! As usual, I neglect to bring a camera when doing these dessert table set-ups, and the only photos I get taken are on my phone, and even these are very hurried.
Here are some collages I made using the crappy photos I took My colleague had an absolutely beautiful home – minimalist white contrasted with warm wood furnishings, as well as the occasional spot of red. Although the kitchen was a tad small, I liked the open concept and how it was seamlessly incorporated into the whole layout of the house. Again, as with beautiful hotel rooms, I forgot to take some photos of the lovely living area, but then again I don’t think my colleague will appreciate the breach to her privacy heh. So more about the dessert table. We knew that a few kiddies would be coming along with their parents, so my colleague wanted some cute buns (cue the pig shaped buns) which I filled with some homemade red bean paste, and some mini nutella palmiers. These are in the collage below. I particularly enjoyed this dessert table because it was the first time I got to utilize some of the props I had bought in Perth over the last Christmas, and I think the props went really well with the whole white/grey theme.
I also painstakingly designed the food tent cards (or placards or labels) that you see below. I am really much a photoshop noob, but I have always loved digital scrapbooking (even though I think I suck at it) and I love creating things. So I always think that food labels, invitation cards, stickers and such create the perfect opportunities for me to experiment and develop those limited skills. For the cards you see below, I merely used a simple grey background, with a free “dots” overlay which I tweaked, and some photoshop label brush to create the frame. Print it out on cardstock and you’re good to go :]
The gooey mess that you see is my peanut butter oreo pie, which definitely tastes better than it looks. I suspect I didn’t use enough gelatine, which was why the peanut butter mousse portion was definitely more of a mousse than a proper chilled cheesecake, but hey, it got me a new order, so who’s to complain? 😉
I also made a modified opera cake, or gateau opera. And yes, I cheated by using the same chocolate glacage on the opera cake and the peanut butter oreo pie heh. I also made my standard ‘birthday’ cake, which is composed of 4 layers of my favourite yellow cake recipe, cream cheese frosting on the inside, and a vanilla buttercream piped into roses on the outside.
For savouries, I made mini chicken pies, which I thought lacked a little spice, but everyone seemed to like it. I guess I’m a tad too used to my mom’s spicy curry. I must say that the sour cream pastry I had used as the bottom was delicious, and so was the homemade blitz puff pastry I used as the top/lattice layer. These are definitely recipes for keeping (I will post these soon!). My mom also contributed her agar agar, which I thought would be a great refreshing accompaniment to the desserts. I also made strawberry-topped cheesecakes, and some butter cakes for the guests to bring home.
So onto the giveaway results. First, thanks to those who participated! There were a total of 14 eligible entries and you guys were listed as follows:
2. Michelle Tan
5. Shirley twitter
6. Shirley pinterest
8. Zoe facebook
9. Phong Hong
12. What’s Baking
I then used random.org to get a random number! Again, I don’t know how to paste the results here, so blind trust guys! 13 came up! So Eugenia you are the lucky winner :] Please email me asap with your details and I’ll mail it out as soon as possible. For those who didn’t win this time, don’t fret because I have yet another giveaway coming up soon!