It has been five years since I pen my very first blog post here. Since then, the number of posts per year has declined drastically...from a whopping 128 posts on the first year (I can't believe I was writing more than two posts a week back then), down to not more than 70 posts for the following years. Sad to say, I couldn't even make it to one post per week in 2011. My initial passion to blog about every single thing has long gone and the period between updates drags from days to weeks. At the rate I am going, I wonder whether I am able to hit 30 posts by end of this year?
I still love baking. There are many recipes out there that I would like to explore. But, putting together a blog post goes beyond mixing ingredients and putting batter into oven. I am usually lost for words when it comes to the actual writing. Of course it is easy to write a post, but to be able to write a great post, with content and be able to engage the reader is something I have to struggle with every time I am on the 'draft' mode. Besides, I am probably too boring a person to be able to put up an interesting post every other day.
Nevertheless, I am proud of myself that I didn't deviate too much from the main aim of starting this blog five years ago...
"By starting this blog, I hope I am able to get ideas and suggestions from fellow home bakers to improve my baking skills. At the same time I hope my creations and little experiments would also inspire others, who are like me, to start baking as a hobby. "
I started off year 2011 with great inspirations...with the good intention of walking down my baking trail once again. Just like any other new year resolutions, I didn't accomplish much (^^'). Neither did I venture further from the simple bakes...it was always the usual muffins, cookies and easy cakes. But I did attempt to try making traditional kuihs and local desserts, such as ondeh ondeh and tau suan. I hope I deserve a pat on the shoulder for that ;)
Here's a recollection of some of my favourite bakes and desserts for the past year...
|Old Fashioned Banana Cake ||Matcha Chiffon Cake ||Melt-in-mouth German Cookies |
|Classic Chocolate Cake ||Pandan Chiffon Cake ||Apple Tart |
|Tau Suan ||Traditional Mooncakes ||Muah Chee |
|Cinnamon Rolls ||Sweet Potato Ondeh Ondeh ||Cranberries Scones |
I won't be making any new year resolutions...all I wish for is, this time next year, I am able to recollect more good memories than the past year.
Here's wishing all of you, a fruitful and prosperous year ahead!