Tonight, my friends, is a very special night! Not only is it the Eurovision Grand Final (at least as far as Australian Broadcasting is concerned), it is also my third Blogiversary! Happy blog birthday to me!
If I were a truly industrious blogger, I’d be writing Wise Reflections on the past year, garnished with tasteful photos of Memorable Meals.
But I’ve just spent a week blogging twice a day with all my thinky thoughts about food poverty, and in all honesty, I’m about out of words.
And, having spent the last three and a half days either baking like a maniac or hosting Eurovision parties, I’m also about out of time.
So instead, you get pictures.
Pictures of the Danishes I made to celebrate Eurovision in Denmark…
… and yes, I made my own croissant dough. My palms still feel bruised from the endless laminating by hand.
They were very good Danishes, though.
All 40 of them.
Pictures of the Tagine I made to celebrate being allowed to have both meat *and* spices in my diet again!
Lamb Tagine with Quinces and caramelised Shallots…
…as well as pearl couscous, and spicy roast vegetables.
Pictures of Cross Dressing Ken, who was so keen this year that he made an early appearance at the Friday night semi-final.
(He does love him a good Eurovision party)
Pictures of Saturday’s rather saner culinary exploits, complete with a truly Eurovisual salad.
It even matched my outfit.
Dessert was more Danishes – even my guests couldn’t quite manage 40 danishes *and* a Ken cake in one evening – as well as a rather crazily gorgeous layered meringue and berry cake, which started falling apart immediately after construction, but which tasted amazing all the same.
Pictures of the beautiful éclairs I made at today’s class at Savour Patisserie school.
Gorgeous, aren’t they? Most of the gorgeous bits are not by me. When everyone else in the class is a trained chef, a patisserie school teacher, an apprentice patissier, or a Masterchef winner, you pretty much sit back and do the stuff that won’t be visible.
I mean, I can make a tasty caramel or ganache or pastry cream as well as the next person, but piping? Not my thing.
Also, if you let a left hander start the piping, everyone else has to finish it left handed, apparently. And since I was nowhere near good enough to pipe a whole tray of good eclairs, it seemed expedient to leave these to someone else.
You don’t get a picture of tonight’s vegetarian chilli, because you’ve seen it before anyway.
But you do get a picture of Cross-Dressing Ken in his Eurovision Grand Final outfit!
Is he not chic? He was inspired by Cezar of Romania from last year, which is why he got an extra podium…
As for Eurovision itself – I have no idea at the time of writing this what the results will be…
But I think we can all guess which song was my favourite this year.
Thank you all for reading, and for another wonderful year of blogging!
One year ago: Blog Birthday Post
Two years ago: Blog Birthday!
Three Years ago: Recipe: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Ice-Cream