Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tasty Bits of 2008

As 2008 draws to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the year. I've trawled through the archives and come up with a baker's dozen of my favourite dishes of the year.

flat bread crackers© by Haalo

Flat bread crackers - I don't know what was better, the dead simple recipe or the look of those finger-shaped shards.

zucchini falafel© by Haalo

Zucchini Falafel - part of my falafel odyssey, I even managed to make an oven baked version of Sweet Potato Falafel.

gozleme© by Haalo

Gözleme - consider it a type of middle-eastern pizza but the secret is the dough - made with just yoghurt, self-raising flour and salt, it was a revelation.

stuffed sardines© by Haalo

Stuffed Sardines - if you think you don't like sardines, then try this recipe, I think it might just convert you.

butterflied garlic prawns© by Haalo

Garlic Butter Tiger Prawns - a little bit decadent but a whole lot of delicious.

torta della nonna© by Haalo

Torta della Nonna or Grandmother's Pie - these next two couldn't be split so I've included them both. I loved this as each bite brought back memories of Italy.

Torta Meringata con Mele© by Haalo

Torta Meringata con Mele or Apple Pie with Meringue - an edible memory. For very special occasions my mother would make this torta and I can't believe it took me this long to make it myself.

queen of puddings© by Haalo

Queen of Puddings - for such a regal sounding dessert, it really couldn't be anymore "peasant" in nature.

chocolate pecan cookies© by Haalo

Chocolate Pecan Cookies - these were dubbed "the best cookies ever"

fig twist© by Haalo

Fig Twist - I didn't do that much yeast baking this year but this one I'm glad to have found the time to make.

strawberry and basil compote© by Haalo

Strawberries and Basil Compote - macerated strawberries find their ideal and usual match in basil. At the base of each dish is a sweet basil pesto made with fresh basil, pinenuts and icing sugar.

milk ice cream© by Haalo

Milk Ice Cream - If I was only allowed to eat one ice-cream, it would be this one.

mint tea© by Haalo

After those twelve, lucky 13 must be a refreshing beverage and Mint Tea made with gunpowder green tea and fresh mint leaves is the perfect tonic.

Here's hoping 2009 will be the tastiest yet!


  1. your lovely photos look so tempting - hope you have a good 2009

  2. Have a great new year!

  3. Thanks Johanna - happy new year to you!

    Thanks Lien - have a wonderful 2009!

  4. Happy new year, Haalo!

    I've just noticed that I bookmarked your strawberry and basil compote this time last year - the right season has finally returned for me to try it myself. :-)

  5. Happy New Year Cindy - the strawberries are just lovely now


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