Another Week. Another Celebration. Marking My First Blog Anniversary With A Trio of Messina Gelato Cakes.

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.

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19 Responses to Another Week. Another Celebration. Marking My First Blog Anniversary With A Trio of Messina Gelato Cakes.

  1. ana74x says:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to many more great recipes. Xxx.

  2. saucygander says:

    Gelato Messina is probably my favourite gelato shop/chain! Congratulations on your blogoversary.

  3. Congratulations. I love every word you write. I’m sure we were twins in another life. Our taste in food is so similar and I can’t believe how we cook the same things on the same day……..Spoooooky!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing.

    • That’s the wonderful thing about blogging – coming across doppelgangers. It’s happened to me so many times I’ve lost count. I’m cooking something or visited a restaurant and it pops up on a favorite blog. Or even better I’m craving something- and there it is ready tobe devoured by my eyes.

  4. Congratulations and keep up the great work. If only Yes Peter could be mine!

  5. yay – a year old – that’s a great achievement. looking forward to the paddington foodie in france episodes!

  6. Many congratulations on achieving this milestone. Always inspiring! XX

  7. tash says:

    Happy Birthday thepaddingtonfoodie!

  8. Belinda Fagan says:

    Happy Birthday and well done, PF, your site is a great inspiration – I wish I had your energy! I look to you when I need ideas, which are always amazing.

  9. Happy 1st Blogaversary!!!!! I’ve been wanting to check out Messina for ages, but never quite got around to it when I used to travel to Sydney a lot for work. The gelato cakes look amazing! I absolutely love your blog, and love reading up on your recipes. You’ve definitely been an culinary inspiration to me 🙂

    • Messina have just refurbished their gelato lab (right next door to their Darlinghurst .gelato bar. They plan to turnover their range of monoporzione on a regular basis. I love stopping by to see their new creations. Always quirky and fun. Not so good for the waistline. Nice to hear you are enjoying my blog. Thank you.

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