Friday, 29 December 2006

End of Year

Another year is coming to a close and as the old Lennon song goes, what have we done? Nothing much really. I dont even know where to start in summarising the year.

But I suppose all in all, things went pretty well. There were no untoward incidents - at least not personally. So I suppose it would be right to say that 2006 was a pretty good year.

As far as cooking and desserts go, I was featured again in The Weekend Chef and also contributed a number of feature stories.


I experimented with Poached Pears in Wine as well as Caramelised Pears with Cream and suffice to say that the kids loved them. I also made a lovely Cheese Fruit Flan for my wife's birthday.


2006 also say me make my first 3D cake for my son's birthday and although it was a lot of work, I now have the experience.


Lessons learnt? Firstly, good equipment always helps. To this end, I'm trying to get myself a candy thermometer for tempering chocolates. I learnt that if you dont temper chocolates - even when just moulding them, the chocs tend to melt very fast. It also has a slightly grainy texture.


So yes, I've increased my repertoire of cakes and food dishes. Have a great end of year and a Blessed and Peaceful 2007! As John Lennon sang....

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The war is so long
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun

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