Happy 2010!

January 1, 2010
a year full of baking and cupcakes!

Wish you all a year full of butter, sugar, chocolate, vanilla and tonnes of cupcakes!

Thank you all for being with me through 2009, each and every one of you. 2010 is going to be wonderful.

Here is a  list of some things I hope to do in 2010:

  • Make macarons (successful ones with feet!)PassionFruit Macarons
  • Make marshmallows, now that I finally have a bottle of corn syrup! Homemade Marshmallows
  • Make verrines Breakfast verrines are the best: cinnamon and fig compote, yoghurt, muesli, honey.
  • Make fresh pasta Handmade Pasta
  • Make Spanish churros Cinnamon Sugar Churros
  • Make soufflé (chocolate or cheese?)
  • Make an elaborate birthday cake – I’ve made SO many!
  • Make candied rose petals Candying oranges left me too disheartened to even bother with the rose petals, so ‘m just going to strike this off.
  • Make my own cheesemascarpone, mozzarella (where can I find rennet?)
  • Make Sriracha sauce
  • Read 6 chef biographies / restaurant stories Letter to a Young Chef, Comfort Me With Apples, Humble Pie, Spiced, Alice Waters and Chez Panisse, Dirty Dishes
  • Try wild rice Not too thrilled
  • Try oysters – petrified of trying it in Bombay – Europe in Jan 2011, hopefully!
  • Try Tahitian vanilla Hot vanilla milk. Mmmm!
  • Try Frech lavender. Well, I did get some from Madrid instead.
  • Try 5 (new) types of salts – fleur de sel, Anglesey Sea salt, Mediterranean sea salt,   flaky Spanish salt with pimenton
  • Buy a blow torch (and then make crème brûlée) – got the torch! Need to make the dessert
  • Grow my own strawberries – Unfortunately, the herbs used up all the space.
  • Grow more herbs Loads of seeds sown this season. Here is how I grew my lemongrass too!
  • And best of all, make a trip to Paris! JANUARY 2011!!

Something you think, I absolutely must try? Let me know!

PS: Here is the Best of 2009 round-up!


  • Reply Elsa January 2, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    I love Srirarcha!! I never thought of making it… I`m looking forward to that!

  • Reply pigpigscorner January 1, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Happy new year!

  • Reply janeve January 1, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Hey.. Just a wish that you try some South Indian dishes too


  • Reply The Purple Foodie January 2, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Janeve: But I know what S. Indian food tastes like, so it won't be new! Unless you recommend a specific, lesser known dish!

  • Reply Butterfly Momma January 2, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    I love your list, and I look forward to seeing what books you read. Definitely try wild rice … it is worth it!! It has such a wonderful, unique flavor. I hope you enjoy it and all the best in 2010!

  • Reply Barbara January 2, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    Marvelous list! Especially the books- I love to read and will take your advice!
    Post everything so we can learn and see how you do! I am not nearly so ambitious. :(

    Happy New Year Shaheen!

  • Reply Memória January 2, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    I love your list!! I need to make one, too. You know you can make mascarpone cheese without rennet. I blogged about this cheese, but I got the recipe from Baking Obsession. She has prettier photos of the cheese there.

    I, too, want to make Spanish churros along with hot chocolate sauce. I keep putting it off for some reason.


  • Reply Shwetha January 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    This is a fantastic list – I'm already dreaming of the elaborate Birthday Cake!
    One thing I've wanted to try but have been a little too scared to – cake or yeast doughnuts. Ever been to the Doughnut plant in NYC? The dulce de leche donuts are to die for……

  • Reply Sara P January 2, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    This is so great and inspired me to write a similar list.

    P.S. You can find Rennet at Whole Foods, or similar stores. It's typically in the baking aisle

  • Reply Disha January 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Hey S! Love your list! My list is pretty much the same, with a few more things! Specially getting over Yeast-phobia!

  • Reply S January 2, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    wait, really?!? you can *make* sriracha? i'd never thought of that! looking forward to hearing about it. :-)

  • Reply fromBAtoParis January 2, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Hello Shaheen,

    I just discovered your site and I love it… I want to congratulate you on your work…it's fabulous! the recipes, the style, photography….
    Well, if your dream comes true true (I hope) and you come to Paris, I will be able to advise you on where to go to buy cooking stuff…and for the macarons, if you check my blog, follow my tips and they will be perfect!
    Best of luck for 2010 !!!!!

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    What a fabulous list of things to achieve in 2010! Best of luck wiht it all and I look forward to reading all about it! Happy New Year! :D

  • Reply Anushruti January 2, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Fantastic list Shaheen! And what a beautiful picture! Have a great 2010!

  • Reply Suzana @Delphiz January 2, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Hey Shaheen, Happy New Year and hope this will be a great year for you =) All the best with your 'TO-Do list' too ^_^

  • Reply Cynthia January 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply Anonymous January 2, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    rennet is in a box by the puddings in my store – also, have you tried junket?

  • Reply Rosa's Yummy Yums January 2, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Happy New Year!

    A great list!



  • Reply jules p January 2, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    I agree with everyone else…I LOVE your list. And look forward to seeing what you make and learn how it is made. I have made several of your shared recipes.

  • Reply Sophie January 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Happy New year!! I love your list!! hahhaha,..

  • Reply Y January 4, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    Great list! Hope you manage to tick off all of it in good time :)

  • Reply Sneha January 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Omigosh! I love the picture…you made it in Adobe Illustrator you industrious woman, you :D
    Happy 2010 Love! And here's some virtual love to sponsor your trip to Paris xoxoxoxo :D

  • Reply cedar chest January 4, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Happy New Year to you! I also have a list of to do things for 2010 and I am hoping to achieve them all!

  • Reply nithya at hungrydesi January 4, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    great list…inspired me to come up with my own. great idea to put it down on a list…otherwise I tend to forget all of the things that I want to try!

  • Reply Mama B. January 4, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    "Try 5 (new) types of salts"

    Oooh, which ones? I've had a really awful smoked salt (tasted like it was smoked over pine or some other resinous wood), and really wonderful Hawaiian red salt (great on top of homemade caramels). I'd love to try black salt from India. Apparently it's got a sulfurous quality to it.

    I grew two new herbs last year. Cotton Candy mint, which is soft and lovely, and a true Greek oregano which was soapy and unpleasant. I'll go back to the oregano I'm used to. But I may try another new mint.

    Creme Brulee is wonderful stuff and so easy to make with a good torch. Enjoy!

    As for me, I started some strawberries last year for the first time (Alpine Strawberries – smaller than regular ones, but a bit bigger than wild). But our summer was so cool and wet that they rotted before they ripened, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they do this year. I'm counting this year as our first year growing strawberries.

  • Reply Mama B. January 4, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    I bought my mint here… They have a mind boggling array of types, and they ship internationally (though I have no clue what the shipping costs would be). If I get some seed from my plant this year, I could send you some of the Cotton Candy. It's absolutely lovely for tea.

  • Reply Jennifer January 4, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    I will gladly join you in making macaroons and a trip to Paris. And I've been wanting to make my own mozzarella too. Happy New Year!

  • Reply suebearchicago January 4, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Love this post! In the midst of all of the typical diet and exercise posts this week, this is so refreshing! Chef bio recommendations: 1. The Sweet Life in Paris – David Lebovitz 2. My Life in France — Julie Child (with Alex Prud'Homme). Both are wonderful books and will make you laugh out loud. Happy 2010!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie January 4, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Mama B.

    Any 5 times of salt – I'm not exactly spoiled for choice here. :P

    I've tried anglesey sea salt, black salt, himpalayan pink salt, truffle salt, I'd love to try some smoked salts. Orangefoodie is getting me Fleur de Sel so I will have checked one salt off my list in the next few days.

    Cotton Candy mint? Sounds so, so intersting! I have to google it – I'd so love to grow it. Maybe I should smuggle it in if I ever do find it!

    I was so excited when a friend of mine whose got a nursery told me that I could grow strawberries on my window – have such little space so I was thrilled to know that it might be possible!

    Thanks! :) I love Sweet Life in Paris – hilarious book! Julia Child is something on my bookshelf that I still haven't read.

  • Reply nandini January 6, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    shaheen i am excited aboutur wish list.. cant wait to see the goodies!!. I picked up Sweetlife in paris btw.. Reading it and enjoying it. Ur illustration is adorable. Hey may i add one more to ur wishlist.. actually its a request. Fudge brownie cheese cake!. Tried it in Thailand.. The merger is mindblowing!.

  • Reply The Purple Foodie January 6, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Hey Nandini and Erika: Thanks for the compliment on the illustration! :)

    I must have a look at that books – sounds so interesting. I'm hopping over to amazon now!

    Now that I have the heards up from you, I'm going to make both types of souffles. Can't wait to get my hands on some Tahitian vanilla in a few days! wohooo! :D

    Nandini! I have made a brownie with cheesecake batter swirled in – I agree it is heavenly!!

  • Reply sumanam January 7, 2010 at 5:31 AM

    Iam reading your blog for a while now, and love it.. I was looking through your list, I certainly look forward to making pasta… pls. put it up once you are successful, my kids love it so far I use packeged, but would love to learn a good and easy process to make it successful..

  • Reply Sook January 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Making fresh pasta is on my list too! First time here and I'm glad I've stumbled upon your blog. :)

  • Reply Grace January 7, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    I prefer my rennet from the cold section. I like the vegetarian as it seems to be more reliable. You don't need it for marscapone and you will be surprised at how easily it can be made with a quart of cream, a quart of half and half and 2 T of lemon juice. The microwave is your friend if you do the mozz.

  • Reply Ingrid January 8, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Happy New Year to you!

    I have a running list of things I'd like to try as well. Good luck with yours.

  • Reply arjwiz January 9, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    You should strike off the stuff that you've already done! It's been a week since the New Year and you've done so much already! Well done!

  • Reply L2baker January 19, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    I love the list, especially, 'buy a blow torch'! I'm going to play with some new salts, too. You've motivated me to get into the kitchen and cook more!

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    hi Shaheen

    Is there any specific brand of torch you wld recommend…thinking of buying one and wld prefer to go with recommendations!


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