Since my big Cake-a-thon with Meeta and Jeanne, I’ve been extremely busy here in Life’s a Feastville-sur-Loire (thanks, Jeanne). Busy as a little bee, une petite abeille, buzz buzz buzzing from word document to word document, from e-mail to twitter and back again, writing, organizing, answering, researching. As much as I want to think of myself as the Queen Bee, I often just feel like a drone or a simple worker bee all dressed in chic black and yellow… zipping blindly from one flower to the next, one activity to the next, trying to carry back the nectar to the hive where I pray that it will be magically transformed into golden, sweet honey cakes.
The coming week will find me mixing, stirring, concocting, creating in the kitchen. Thoughts of pomegranates and Grand Marnier, chocolate and espresso float lazily through the apartment and pull me into a warm, aromatic embrace. Creamy mascarpone promises elegant luxury like thick fur stoles and deep feather pillows, showers of snowy powdered sugar, deep, earthy puffs of cocoa and ground almonds splashed with rum smelling of the South Pacific draw me into the kitchen with promises of distant lands. The days leading up to my birthday will be overflowing with sweet things, sweets for the sweet, but this past week has been rather barren. And hectic. We did finish the last of the Chocolate Orange Cake, enjoyed by all, and my Pinolata, the luscious Italian Pine Nut Tart, disappeared with a rapidity that made my head spin. Now the counter and tabletops are bare, eagerly awaiting the next round of homey goodness.
I decided to write one of those “I’ve been busy doing…” posts to fill in the gap and fill you in on all the latest news in my little world, the new adventures that I’ve embarked upon and the changes I’ve been going through. It has been, as I’ve said, a hectic week but good hectic, busy getting things done and I feel that it has certainly been a week very well spent. It’s as if I have offered myself a few new beginnings as a birthday gift, new challenges and exciting, interesting projects. We continue, Meeta, Ilva, Jeanne and I, to work passionately and methodically on From Plate to Page, excited that the waiting list continues to grow as we now organize not only the first workshop in Weimar in May but the second workshop in Italy planned for October as well. I still so love writing for the Huffington Post, I stand up just a little straighter, shoulders back, chest out, chin up every time I see my name splashed across the Food page, see myself smiling out of the Featured Blog Post space, and ogle in wonder and pride that it is really me. I so enjoy finding the words to say, the subjects to share with my newfound readership, food for thought, the discussions each one may inspire and sharing my favorite recipes with a larger audience.
My first big news is, well, take a look around and tell me what you see! My lovely, generous sister Meeta spent a day with me behind the scenes adding share buttons at the end of each and every post, making it now easy for you to share your favorite Life’s a Feast stories and recipes with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, Stumble Upon and so many more. Just know that each time you click one of those buttons and share something that you love, something that interested you and made you think, I appreciate it more than you can imagine and I thank you very much! She also added follow buttons in my side bar just below my About Me blurb, and you now have the choice to get e-mail alerts whenever I post delivered right into your mailbox or via Feedburner. Go ahead, don’t just sit there, no need to hesitate and before you forget… while we are on the subject and talking about it just lean over and click on one or the other of the green icons to your right… and you will never miss a Life’s a Feast post again! You can also, if you don’t already, follow me on Twitter or Facebook in one easy click as well!
Thank you so very much, Meeta, for taking care of me! You know how grateful I am!
My latest writing adventure comes in the form of The Rambling Epicure, an all-new, on-line food site, a daily international food chronicle written by expats and Europeans. I was invited to join an amazing team of food writers, photographers, chefs and wine experts and given the awesome, delightful assignment of writing about… dessert! At Destination Dessert, my monthly (or so) column, I will share my dessert adventures, all new recipes (not found on my blog), both the traditional and the innovative, the homey and the elegantly sophisticated, while regaling you with stories about each sweet treat. This is truly a stimulating writing challenge for me and I hope that you will all join me on this sweet voyage, following me to each destination. I only ask that you join me for the pleasure of the ride, eat with thoughtful moderation and all of your senses. And that is where you must fly to in order to enjoy my wonderful Italian Pine Nut Tart, Le Pinolata! You'll find a new article and the recipe for this simple yet luscious dessert.
We spoke together at Food Blogger Connect in London in 2009 and again in 2010, we’ll be heading the writing sessions at our own From Plate to Page workshop and now we’re taking it on the road! I am proud to announce that I will be sharing the stage once more with Jeanne, this time at Indaba 2011, the South African Food & Wine Bloggers Conference held this February in Cape Town, organized by the fabulous Colleen, our own Brownie Girl! We will once again be speaking and leading a workshop on food writing & finding your own style and voice. And I am so looking forward to this enriching, exciting adventure alongside my Spice Sister!
And last but soooo not least, Life’s a Feast has been nominated once again for a Blogger’s Choice Award 2011 in the category Best Food Blog! If you enjoy my blog, my writing, my stories, the recipes, then I hope you will be so kind as to take 2 minutes of your time and link over to the Life’s a Feast page on the Blogger’s Choice Awards 2011 site and vote for my blog! Just click on the little Vote icon under the number of votes behind the little man and you’ll be asked to log in (if you voted last year) or register. It is simple and painless and fast! They’ll e-mail you a confirmation with your User Name and Password, which allows you then to go back, click once again on Vote and voilà the number should jump up one as it counts your vote! Know that I really do appreciate the time taken and every single vote! I thank you very much!
Yes, you are free to go over and do that now….
So, have it all down? Share buttons? Follow me via e-mail updates or Feedburner? Destination Dessert on The Rambling Epicure? The Blogger’s Choice Awards?
To thank each of you, I will be sharing slices of Pinolata….