Before I get into the Best Eats, let's take a moment to reminisce. November 2012 was spent in Europe - we flew out on a month long holiday a few days after finding out we were pregnant. I spent the entire trip nervous, cursing that I couldn't have wine and cheese and sleeping lots as fatigue hit me hard. It was the slowest paced holiday K and I have ever been on - wake up late, be slow to leave the hotel, sightsee at a pensioners pace, return to the hotel for an afternoon nap, reemerge for dinner. Now that I look back, it was lovely to be away just after finding out the good news - we were relaxed, not distracted by work, and spent a month in nervous excitement overseas on holidays before returning home to tell our family... aah memories...
Ok, back to food. In Europe I ate lots of pasta. Carbs were my best friend and were safe, as it was all cooked. I never thought I'd get sick of eating pasta and pizza but I did... and you won't be surprised to know that neither of those two made it onto my list for November 2013!
So what did?
Flourless Chocolate Cake - me, but thanks Nigella!
Cakes that turn out perfect with your first go. Recipes that don't need tweaking. Thank you Nigella - I don't believe for a second that you're into drugs... how could you possibly maintain that luscious figure if you were snorting coke for the past 10 years?
Find the recipe here.
French Toast - Three Williams, Redfern
This was seriously good. And order the chips - trust me on that one. Read all about it here.
Crackles - Mr Crackles
Who doesn't love a good pork crackle? Ok, vegetarians wouldn't, so apologies if you are one.
The food bloggers annual Christmas picnic, organised by Chocolatesuze and Helen of Grab Your Fork, was kindly gifted with 25 kilograms of pork crackling from Mr Crackles. What a present! We had a giant box of crackles, and sheets of crackling that was the size of... well, a pig!
To see what 25 kilograms of crackling looks like, and to read about the picnic, click here to see Chocolatesuze's account.
Salted caramel brownies - me!
Rich, fudgey brownies, generous dollops of caramel, a hint of saltiness... these may be the best brownies I have made ever. Certainly that was the consensus from my biggest brownie fans - K's workplace. They preferred this over the Reese's PB cup brownies, the macadamia brownies, the raspberry brownies. And I tend to agree. I hope to be whipping up another batch of this soon, and will blog about it then!
|My home made version. Not as good. Keep your eye out for my upcoming P&P post for the pic of theirs!|
The next blog post I put up will be on The Pig & Pastry. Brunch here was a delightful affair, and it has started a deep and intense love for banana, ricotta and honey for breakfast. I've had it before, but it never floated my boat, but wow. I've tried to recreate it at home and it's not the same - the ricotta paled in comparison, and the fruit and nut toast at P&P was just out of this world.
Will just have to go back.
I'm looking forward to December - it's my favourite time of the year. I am a sucker for Christmas, and although I'm sad that I won't be spending it at home hosting for my family, especially for A's first Christmas, I am excited to be in Hong Kong... imagine the choices I will have for December Best Eats!
It's summer. It's the festive season. Happy holidays!