So one year ago today, I was posting my first ever food picture on the Internet.
At the time, I had absolutely no intention of keeping a blog. Only, I had taken these pictures and my daughter convinced me that they were very good and that I should at least post them onto my Tumblr page so that others might get a chance to look at them.
All it took was one picture. I was hooked. Completely, totally hooked.
Food Obsessed was born.
At first, all I wanted to do was log my daily meals and some of my recipes, so that I could go back to them when I didn’t know what to eat, and also as a way to help keep me on the right track. I figured if people were going to have a look at what I was eating on a daily basis, then I would have no choice but to keep my meals “clean”.
Well, here I am, a year later.
I eventually moved from Tumblr to WordPress.com, then WordPress.org. Food Obsessed eventually made way to The Healthy Foodie… some of you will remember that. There have been so many changes since that first post that I’m not sure whose birthday it is today… Is it Food Obsessed’s? The Healthy Foodie’s? Or is it mine? Not sure… but one thing I do know is that I have been blogging for a year now, so there definitely is a birthday today!
And surely we can’t have a birthday without a birthday cake, can we? Or presents, for that matter…
But let’s have the cake first, shall we, and we’ll open the presents after!
For the occasion, the pastry chef in me insisted that we made a traditional birthday cake, complete with piped borders and swirls of icing on it.
What an unbelievable challenge this has proven to be, to create a pipeable icing without using ANY butter whatsoever. I think I have succeeded at creating something pretty decent.
Now, of course, what you see on this cake is NOT buttercream, so if you’re going to give this one a try, you can’t be expecting sweet, fluffy and airy icing. You have to approach this one with an open mind. After all, this icing was made with… dare I say it? Chickpeas… and tofu!
NO WAIT! Don’t go! Come back! It ain’t as bad as it sounds, I swear. Now I’m not saying that you’ll be licking your fingers, roll your eyes backwards and beg for more. But it’s interesting enough to make you crave more. It’s different, but it tastes great. Combined with the cake, I think it could even fool a kid. Maybe…
All I know this is what I’ve been having as an afternoon snack for the last couple of days and I’ve been looking forward to the next piece every time.
Of course, I will be working on this challenge some more, I will be trying all sorts of techniques to improve that icing, to make it lighter and fluffier, and perhaps a little tastier, too!
I really hope that some of you do give it a try, as I’d love to hear other people’s opinions (please, don’t be too hard on me…) My daughter didn’t hate it, neither did my son, so it can’t be that bad. Oh, and one more thing, this icing tends to dry if left out in the open air, so you will want to keep it under a dome, and, of course, keep it in the fridge. This is not your typical sugar overloaded cake that will stay good for days and weeks in the cupboard!
Alright, now let’s light up those candles… let me make a wish… and blow them out!
Anyone care for a piece of cake… please?
Now that the cake is , I would like to want to take this opportunity to thank each and every single one of you for being here, for reading these very words.
- To the 1 011 people who follow me on Tumblr;
- To the 338 people who follow me on Twitter;
- To the 387 people who like my Facebook page;
- To the 137 people who follow me on Pinterest;
- To the 741 people who subscribe to this blog;
To all of you who read me on a regular basis, who comment and share their thoughts on my posts or choose to remain silent, to all of you who are there for me and support me through it all, to all of you, my faithful readers, who make it all worthwhile and make me want to keep doing this day after day after day, who make me want to give it the best that I have to offer, who make me want to surpass myself and come up with better ideas and better pictures, I want to say a huge THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
None of this would be possible without you. Well, maybe it would be possible… but it would be darn boring!
ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, LET’S OPEN THE PRESENTS ALREADY!!!
As a token of my gratitude, I want to offer you guys a present.
Some of you might have notice that I’ve recently joined the Amazon Associates Program. I figured since they are my ultimate favorite online store ever and since I’m already using them all the time to “demonstrate” certain products, it was kind of a no brainer…
And, since I like the store so much, I figured I can’t be the only one!
So, I decided to give away not one, but two $25 Amazon gift cards to you, my lovely readers.
How do you get in on that? Simply leave me a comment, telling me what you think of this cake, or my site, or what you would like to buy at Amazon if you won one of the cards. Also, follow me on any of the aforementioned sites and leave me a comment here for each different site that you follow me on. Each one of them will get you an additional entry. Of course, if you’re already following me or subscribing, leave me a comment here telling me so.
The winners will be chosen at random amongst the comments received and will be announced this coming Friday, November 4.
Good luck to all, and again, thanks a million!
I love you, you are the best!
EDIT : THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED HERE