You are here. I embraced you with great reluctance, as 2013 was a good year. It was a year of triumph versus challenges, a year of failures and successes and exponential growth for The Cooking Doctor blog. I am not a big fan of reflection as I prefer to embrace the presence and look forward to the future, so you will not get an official summary of what’s happened here throughout 2013. If you follow the journey here, you would have realised how much this blog has influenced me in my day-to-day life, and how much blessing it has given.
In a form of 4 mini cookbooks. Which were well received worldwide. Made my heart swell with pride. In any case, I did a reflection then when the books were out and I am sure another one is just redundant.
How I progressed personally as a hobby baker and now teach formal baking classes in the biggest baking store in Singapore. How my mom’s heart swells with pride as I took over what she did in the past. We as a group of ever changing participants, have conquered choux pastry, black forest cake, cupcake decoration techniques, cake layering and frosting technique, fruit cake, macaron, salted caramel sauce, baking with kids and even pasta from scratch for a private birthday party full of happy kids!
How another book deal was signed, and remains work in progress. A bit delayed but I am sure we will get there.
That was the year that I began my monthly chronicle in BBC GF Asia from January issue onwards, with at least 3 or 4 recipes developed, styled and shot every month. I usually do a sneak peek preview of the photos and one of the recipes every month, which you can see more here.
I learnt a lot of new baking skills, cooked for parties, made new friendships and some turned to real friends. I blogged most during Ramadhan month surprisingly, with lots of traditional recipes and modern twist for the holy month. My Qabuli Pilaf recipe was even featured in Cosmopolitan Middle East! A lot of recipes did not make it to the blog due to time constraint but you can follow me on my instagram here.
2013 saw my milestone in manufacturing my own range of silicone bakeware, which has now seen the daylight in few kitchens and used with much happiness and satisfaction. That made my heart sing. I took great pride in the gorgeous double sided macaron mat, the special madeleine, eclair and financier mould, professional chocolate mould, colourful baking cups and exclusive design of silicone piping bag. You can read about the cupcake liners here, all thanks to my friend Rekha’s product review with her delicious chocolate cuppies.
It was also the year of personal dilemmas, work challenges, moving to a new kitchen and dealing with issues which will never be discussed much here. How I came across plagiarism in new level- with recipes that I taught being used by a blogger for her own demo class!
But I remain benign. As there is more to life than drama, and there is more within me in terms of ethics, integrity and honesty. So here I am with another truffle recipe, as I will continue sharing with all of you. This was the reason why the blog was created, class menu was designed. After all, there are bad people in this world and it’s not my job to reform them 😉
Back to the truffles. I love baking with my 3-year-old as this is a way to keep her mischief under control! So we crushed the digestive cookies ( which were meant for my cheesecake plan), stirred in the simmering heavy cream and white chocolate to form little balls. Oh the peanut butter, that was included too for some crunch. Some were then dipped into snowy white chocolate and drizzled with contrasting dark chocolate patterns.
Homemade gifts ready in no time! Most importantly I cherished the time I spent with her, and I hope she remembers those silly days for years to come. How I let her be the boss in my kitchen, and let her take control under my watchful eyes. That brings me more joy than all the milestones written above.
Perhaps one day she will also reflect. And remember what fabulous childhood years she had. I hope. 2013 has been one wonderful year, and I hope 2014 will be good too, for me and you.
Happy New Year 2014! May you and family be blessed with lots of happiness, here and thereafter.