Another week. Another celebration. This time it’s my first blog anniversary. On this day a year ago, with more than a little trepidation, I hit the publish button on my very first blog post. In our house we mark all momentous occasions with cake. Today it’s gelato cake from my very favourite gelateria, Messina. A short stroll down the road in Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. What makes Messina my standout favourite gelateria? Apart from a mind-blowing, ever changing range of flavours to choose from at every visit, there’s Messina’s Laboratorio and Patisserie next door. Home to a witty and whimsical range of intricate gelato cakes.
Today my girls and I marked this very special occasion with a trio of monoporzione or single-portioned gelato cakes:
- Strawberry Fields a white chocolate log filled with strawberry gelato, vanilla creme anglaise and a strawberry and marsala puree.
- Pop Porn a torte of wildflower honey gelato, gianduja gelato, dark chocolate fudge and caramelised popcorn.
- Yes Peter a chocolate almond dacquoise layered with milk chocolate gelato and passionfruit curd. Topped with a white chocolate dome filled with a passionfruit puree gel.
To all of you who have been a part of my blogging journey I would like to say thank you for welcoming me so warmly into your community and for your wonderful inspiration and support. If I could I would send each and every single one of you a mini Messina gelato cake to enjoy. It never ceases to amaze me how a love of food can so easily be shared across so many cultures, generations, and lifestyles.
One year ago I created The Paddington Foodie as a journal to share recipes with my family and friends. It was a huge step forward from my usual modus operandi of fulfilling recipe requests by a simple email, and I relied heavily on my teenage children to help me setup my blog. If the truth be known at that stage I was totally oblivious to the existence of the WordPress publishing platform. Much to my family’s amusement it took me a full three days to publish my first post. That’s after the post had already been written.
The learning curve has been steep, the journey amazing. Along the way I have made many new friends and can honestly say I have discovered something new every single day. I’ve cooked up a storm, kept my family waiting at the dinner table more times than I care to remember as I try to capture that elusive blog worthy photograph, and burnt the midnight oil writing up my recipes. I like to think my photography has improved and I know I have definitely expanded my cooking repertoire. I have no idea what the future will bring. My blog still has no concrete plan and continues to evolve almost organically, so I’m very curious to see the direction it takes over the next twelve months.