While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced. . .

While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced. . .

Friday, February 19, 2010

Lilli's Olympic cupcake tower

A summer 2008 Olympics cake and cupcakes

Olympic Birthday Cake


"Birthday cake and gold medal cookies for an Olympic themed birthday party."

Olympic Podium cake

Olympic Podium cake, originally uploaded by offmycake.

So, is this Shaun White atop the cake? This seems to be his signature hair. . .

Photo note:

"Petal paste and regal iced figurine with gold olympic medal standing on a podium cake."

mango cake

mango cake, originally uploaded by jeremy!.

I know this has nothing to do with the Olympics, but I couldn't pass this mango birthday cake up! This looks terrific!

Inukshuk Cake

Inukshuk Cake, originally uploaded by Meghan's Cakes and Cookies.


"For an Olympic themed birthday party."

olympic cake

olympic cake, originally uploaded by liliashp.


"A birthday cake made for an olympic themed party highlighting the birthday girl's hobbies on each medal."

Winter Olympic Themed Birthday Cake


Photo note:

"What a fun project! It was huge, and took days to complete. The backbround scene was carved out of styrofoam and covered with royal icing. As a purist, I had an objection to that, but it was the only way to accomplish the goal..."

Vancouver Olympics Cake

This one is great!

Photo note:

"Made for a little girl who loves the Vancouver Olympic mascots. Rich chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and hand sculpted gumpaste figures."

Mice Olympics

Mice Olympics, originally uploaded by Torki's Sugar Art.

And today, I'm looking at Olympics inspired cakes.

Photo note:

"Challenge 2008 - 3 rd place
Unkown Challenge - 3rd place
we we given 1 candle, 2 cotton reels, 5 silver balls and a piece of silver string. Then you had to incorporate these into a cake"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Day 3 Plaza of Nations

Hey M, here's one for you!

Photo note:

"everything's better wrapped in bacon"

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Day 3 Plaza of Nations

Heavenly. I haven't made these in a while. . now I'm inspired.

Photo note:

"BBQ pork buns freshly steamed"

Olympic Maple Syrup

Olympic Maple Syrup, originally uploaded by peanut shell.

Photo note:

"Proving, once again, that I'm a sucker for cute groceries."

2010 Winter Olympic Games Dinner

Again, wish I was there~

Photo note:

"Maple Glazed Salmon, "Rustic" Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts"

I can totally "taste" this. . .

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Day 3 Plaza of Nations

This photographer tells us:

"these are yummy. Forgot what they're called in English though."

Looks good - wish I was there to sample!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ladurée Macaroons

Ladurée Macaroons, originally uploaded by wEnDaLicious.

Oh. Blackcurrant and Violet? Mmmmm. And they're such beautiful colors, too.


Ladurée at Harrods
87/135 Brompton Road
London SW1X 7XL


pistachio and grapefruit macarons

These are amazing-looking, too.

Photo note and link:

story and recipe on Cannelle Et Vanille


Macarons, originally uploaded by yusheng.

Wow-- might as well go wild! We want to go to Paris again, just to get a box. Please click on the photo to see the notes that go with each macaron, describing each flavor. Wow~

Photo note:

"Start at NT$50/US$1.54 per Macaron."

Celebrating Fat Tuesday, Polish Style : NPR

Celebrating Fat Tuesday, Polish Style : NPR


paczki, originally uploaded by Janek Kloss.

Photo note:

"to z tamtego roku ... w tym roku byly bardziej klapniete ale i tak wielkim suksesem jest dostac paczki w eire. do tych naszych sie nie umywaja."


Polish Paczki

From http://home.comcast.net/~osoono/ethnicdoughs/paczki/paczki.htm

Singular Noun is Paczek (pohn-check)
Plural Noun is Paczki (punch-key)

Paczki (punch-key) Day is the feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins. It is the last day of gaiety in Karnawal time, the period between Christmas and Lent. This is the time for sleigh parties called Kulig. To mark the last moments of excess before the austerity of Lenten sacrifice, Polish Roman Catholics celebrate Paczki Day.

On this day the traditional deep fried pastries (something like jelly doughnuts) are enjoyed throughout the world's Polonias. This joyous activity precedes the Gorzkie Zale (lamentation services) of Lent in Polonian churches. In Poland, Paczki Day takes place the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, called Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday). Long lines form in front of the bakeries in Polonia, and millions of Paczki are sold.

In United States Polonia, Paczki Day takes place the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, traditionally called Fat Tuesday in Carnival. Polish American bakeries also supply Paczki in the hundreds of thousands that day. Often in American Polonia, Paczki Day is celebrated with polka dances. In Roman Catholic grammar schools throughout American Polonia, children enjoy Paczki at school on that day."

Mom's Paczki

Mom's Paczki, originally uploaded by LolaBix.

Photo note:

"Happy Fat Tuesday!"

mardi gras party king cake for fat tuesday by isewcute


Photo note:

"We were snowed in today... guess a level 3 snow emergency... so I baked! Party in my kitchen!"

When pancakes go bad.

When pancakes go bad., originally uploaded by waihey.

Hah! I love it!

shrove tuesday pancake

shrove tuesday pancake, originally uploaded by sassinate.

Gluten free pancake.

When my son had bad food allergies, we were off wheat and dairy (among other things) for about 3 1/2 years. So, I discovered baking with alternative grains, and used a lot of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free baking mixes. The mix worked well for a number of foods, and was a life-saver! Tasted good, too.

Guildhall Pancake Races (12)

Guildhall Pancake Races (12), originally uploaded by McTumshie.

I love it! How fun to see this.

Photo note:

"Womens' race in the the 6th Inter Livery Poulters Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race in Guildhall Yard, London. Tuesday 16 February 2010."

Guildhall Pancake Races (29)

Guildhall Pancake Races (29), originally uploaded by McTumshie.

Hot hot hot!

Photo note:

"Plasters' Team racing at the 6th Inter Livery Poulters Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race in Guildhall Yard, London. Tuesday 16 February 2010."

Pancakes with oranges

Pancakes with oranges, originally uploaded by tanya_emshanova.

And while we're on the topic of pancakes. . .

Photo note:

"Learn how to cook here: www.helium.com/items/1729658-ideas-for-shrove-tuesday-pan..."

Pancake Tuesday- don't forget!

That is one wonderful stack of cakes!

Photo note and blog link:

"Pancake day! Shrove Tuesday. We started early. With maple syrup. And butter.
I have an excellent gluten free option for you on my blog"

shrove tuesday/pancake day

shrove tuesday/pancake day, originally uploaded by anna_dahling.

And I'm not at church to eat them! My diabetic son is home recovering from high blood sugars, so I'll just have to wait until next year.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


by Carol Ann Duffy
Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Valentine's Day 2004

Valentine's Day 2004, originally uploaded by ellenelle.

Okay, that's it! Enough surfing for Valentine's Day food - I'm off to the gym, and then to the kitchen to start cooking!

This looks great, and the salad is speaking to my soul.

Photo note:

"Michael's Valentine's 2004 homemade spinach quiche; served with salad and bread"

Will You Eat My Valentine?

Will You Eat My Valentine?, originally uploaded by tru.olanis.


Photo note:

"A small present left for George this morning. He gobbled the cookie, left the food untouched"


valentine donut!

valentine donut!, originally uploaded by aubreyrose.


valentine truffles

valentine truffles, originally uploaded by terri_tu.

Fabulous photo!


"chocolates from gus"

Our Valentine's Platter

Our Valentine's Platter, originally uploaded by RoninOtter.

Another gorgeous spread for Valentine's Day:

"Jess and I decided that for Valentine's Day this year, we would stay in and cook ourselves a bunch of finger-foods, then play speed-runs through Silent Hill.

Not pictured: Chocolate raspberry tarts which were a very delicious failure due to bad ingredients and timing."


Delicious Valentine's Fruit Tart...

Wow-- now, this is my kind of dessert. I love lots of fresh fruit. . .

Here's what the photographer has to say:

"I ordered this nice heart-shaped tart from a great local bakery/pastry shop in Berkeley. They had that shape specially made for Valentine's Day.
It was amazingly delicious!

I hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day Dessert Display


Photo note:

"As I was unpacking my miniatures after my recent craft show, I realized that I had an overwhelming amount of pink desserts, so I decided to put together a little Valentine's day display for La Petite Pâtisserie. Enjoy!"


Valentine's Day Table

valentine_01, originally uploaded by tofu666.

This is a beautiful setting for a nice Valentine's Day dinner.

valentine's day to my baby

valentine's day to my baby, originally uploaded by robax.

Very sweet:


baby food
rice porridge with banana
heart shaped carrot paste with apple juice
star shaped sweet potato

Valentine's day cake

Valentine's day cake, originally uploaded by Lintang Dewani.


Photographer's note and link:

"A baking trial for valentine.. the chocolate banana cake covered with retro style plastic icing / rolled fondant.

Recipe: photolintang.blogspot.com/2010/01/chocolate-banana-cake-f..."

Big Valentine Heart Cookies

Someone's going to be very lucky. . .

Photo note:

"Happy Valentine's Day!

I needed to make a boatload of Valentines for my friends at City Food Tours, so my friend Ann came over to help - she decorated these pretty pink hearts."

Catfood on Valentines Day

Catfood on Valentines Day, originally uploaded by Cilest.

Oh my! I love it!

Photo note:

"Fabi (carved) the head and the letters out of some cheese...
This was her Valentine Gift for Käthe :-)

Miniature Food - Valentine's cake

Doesn't this look good enough to eat?!

Photo note:

"Polymer clay

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Homemade granola bars

Homemade granola bars, originally uploaded by Joyful Abode.

We are going to make some granola bars, since so many you can buy have a bit more sugar than we'd like. I've had good luck making nut crackers, so now I'm looking for something else for good energy when going to the gym, and for putting in lunches.

Photo note and link for recipe:

"No high fructose corn syrup in these bars! Delicious, too. www.joyfulabode.com "

poetry in food

poetry in food, originally uploaded by mwhammer.

This is my poetry day -

This food photographer says:

"a necessary detail"

young man stares at half-eaten doughnut

I was looking for some good doughnuts, and I came across this wonderful photo:

The photographer tells us:

"I was taking a picture of a pigeon gorging on the pile of discarded pineapple doughnuts when the pigeon flew off and this fella, with the spectacular hair, walked in from frame right, stood there for 10 seconds, pondered the existence of the doughnuts and then wandered off."

Friday, February 5, 2010

the spread

the spread, originally uploaded by BambinaMia.

I'm intrigued by this kitchen photo, its many cakes and cow print table cloth. What a colorful spread! What's the story? I'll bet it's a good one~

Pink wonky cake 023

Pink wonky cake 023, originally uploaded by Clevercow Cakes.

Same cake, different angle. Amazing - hot and light pink, black and white, ribboned and starred. This is a very fun cake~

Pink wonky cake

Pink wonky cake, originally uploaded by Clevercow Cakes.

One more whimsical cake~

Cow Print cake

Cow Print cake, originally uploaded by harebender1.


Photo note:

"COUNTRY ENGAGEMENT BQ CAKE.Chocolate and vanilla cake with butter cream frosting. Hat is rice crispy treat with fondant brushed with cocoa.

down on the farm

down on the farm, originally uploaded by sugrdva.

This is quite the cake!

The photographer says:

"A fall farm scene complete with pumpkins and hay bales."

Animal Print Cake

Animal Print Cake, originally uploaded by cakesbysuzanne.

Oh my! I love this cake! Cow, zebra, and paw prints!

Photo note:

"Three tier stacked topsy-turvy wonky style cake, with animal print detail and large sugar flower topper."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Italian Black Truffles

Italian Black Truffles, originally uploaded by RoddyB.

Ah - here we are. The truffles I was looking for.

Photo note:

"Black truffles in Norcia, Italy. About $600 a pound! Che buono!"

To learn more about truffles:


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