Thursday, January 27, 2011

Artful Food

I come from a long line of hostesses - I like to entertain, it's in my blood.

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When I cook for people, it's my way of giving a gift to them. I sort of see it like I am celebrating our friendship, so when I invite people over, I spend a lot of time creating food that I hope not only tastes good, but looks lovely also. I guess it's the artist in me - it pokes its head out in every aspect of my life.

One of my friends gave me a lovely gift the other day. A whimsical Kate Spade cup that reminded her of me. I like to wear flowers in my hair, and I love to bake pretty desserts. Isn't it perfect?

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As I am writing this post, I am sipping coffee from my new cup and munching on some Lamingtons that I made in celebration of Australia Day. If you've never made lamingtons before, you must be made aware - Lamington batter is DELICIOUS. So if you taste some of the batter before you bake it, be careful, you'll be tempted to eat it all before its even reached the oven!

Belated Happy Australia Day to all my friends back home!

36 comments:

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

I love entertaining too! :) It's weird because I'm still so young, but I'm like a housewife already (and I still need to hone my cooking skills!). But I know what you mean, it IS like giving a gift to your friends - giving them a good time, a happy memory, to take home with them :)

P.S. Haven't made lamingtons before...but I think now, I must. They look delicious!!

Gloria said...

what a thoughtful gift! lamingtons sound scrumptious, i wonder if i can find them somewhere in nyc

Bethany Dirksen said...

I've never had a lamington, but I think it is about to go on my 'must eat before I die" list :)

And there is not much better than the feeling of being a good hostess. Knowing people are enjoying themselves and feeling comfortable in your home is delightful. Cannot wait until I actually have a home again to host in!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i've never tried a lamington, but that picture certainly makes me want to! what a sweet little mug; the girl is like you!

jessicajane said...

That cup is very cute! Ive never had a lamington, but it looks delicious, and the fact that there is a bow around it makes it look even more delicious!

*mAki* said...

I would love to try your Lamington - and I totally get it, that batter must be good even before baking it. Someday, I would love to visit you in Houston, Dionne - or come to FL:)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh Dionne, you are perfect! not only cook delicious and pretty plates but also take beautiful shots of them. plus you share all this with your friends. those lamingtons are mouthwatering! xo

Michele said...

Oh yes, I absolutely LOVE artful food or just yummy + pretty food all together! If ever I cook(which is pretty rare...haha) I love making my food pretty. Since I've been trying to eat healthier by cooking all of my food, making the food pretty is what I look forward to most! Oh...and for it to taste great too. :)

Happy baking!

colores said...

Adorable mug!! and I have never tried Lammingtons! I am sure I will love when I´ll try it!!

AMKreations said...

They look awesome and the coffee sounds great too!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love finding the perfect cup and when a friend finds it for me . . . even better.

I had forgotten . . . is Australia your home? Bet you missed being home on Australia Day.

Fondly,
Glenda

nicole addison said...

those sound delicious! and what a sweet gift from your friend. there is nothing more rewarding then baking things for the people you love:)

Almalu's Place said...

that cup is sooooo cute!!absolutely adorable!
I never heard of lamingtons...I should try it!it looks delicious!

Kristin said...

i would love to try a lamington. and would really love to sit down to a cuppa with you, sweet dionne. enjoy the rest of your day, and hugs to you just in case you're missing home. :)
xo, Kristin

PS -- thank you for the sweetest comment on my blog. you were one of my first blog "friends" and I'll miss reading your sweet little notes on Contented Me. Don't worry, though, I'll still be a very loyal follower of City of D!

the southern hostess said...

I am going to have to make some Lamingtons. They look and sound delicious!

Notes from Holly St. said...

there's something so exciting about receiving a new mug. i love the ritual of sipping tea or coffee out of something pretty...it feels so warm and fuzzy!

Laura. said...

ooh, ooh! i just had lamingtons for the first time in september and they were SO GOOD. you've now inspired me to make them--and not just because i am a sucker for any kind of sweet batter or dough. ahem.

Looking Glass said...

Yay for lamingtons!

~ Clare x

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

That sounds like an absolutely perfect scene. My mother was never much of a hostess, but my love for food and talent in the kitchen has led me to host several dinner parties. For me, it's just about getting people together, laughing and talking, and doing something special for them to let them know they're special to me. I'm just so with you on all of this.

oh, hello friend. said...

Hmm .. I've never heard of Lamingtons but I am totally craving to try one now after seeing what they are. I love sponge cake with layers of jam?! YUM! ;)

Audrey Allure said...

The Kate Spade cup looks so cute! I wish I was better at cooking and baking.

Melanie's Randomness said...

What a very special & cute cup!! I like it!! =)

I'm recently embracing being a hostess! It's soo much fun!! =)

Happy Australia Day!!

Melanie's Randomness

Sey said...

Happy Australia Day!

Entertaining people and serving them food you made with love is so awesome.

Barbara said...

It really DOES look like you, Dionne! How fun!
I love entertaining too, but as I've gotten older, do it with smaller groups. It's such a pleasure to cook for others and everyone is so appreciative!
I've never made lamingtons, but this is not the first time I've heard that about the dough!

Kristin said...

What a darling mug and such an appropriate gift!

Katherine said...

Agreed - Lamington batter is AH-MA-ZING.

Gah, I'm craving it now!

Lovely post :)

K xx

Diana Mieczan said...

I also love having friends over for dinners or drinks. Its always so much fun baking and cooking for people you love! Yum..Im so craving lamingtons right now:) Happy Sunday, darling

Tender Branson said...

I always remember Australia Day because of the Triple J countdown. I've never had a lamikin but they look great.

Marisa Midori said...

I've never heard of Lamingtons, I'll have to try them! Cute mug.

Pamela said...

Beautiful, beautiful post. I love your creations--all of them! And that mug is perfect for you.

MICHELLE said...

That mug is adorable! And your treats look look delicious...yumm. I've never heard of it. Must try. :)

photojoy said...

Dionne, I was touched with your post. A special mug, yummy lamingtons and most of all, your idea towards cooking.
I'm not a great cook but when I cook I just do it out of desire to see their happy smiling faces that tell me they really like the meals. In my case they are mostly my family and sometimes friends.
Anyway, thanks for sharing your lovely world.

Becka Robinson said...

So pretty! I've never heard of Lamingtons before but they look and sound yummy! And that cup is adorable. I feel the same way about entertaining, which I think is why I obsess so much over the details because I feel like I'm showing people how much they mean to me. :)

Sarah said...

Hi Dionne! I hope you had a great weekend! I left you a little award on my blog today =)

http://misstrixiesfavoritethings.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

Kim said...

I'm not much for complicated entertaining. I love informal, easy get togethers.

Labour of Love said...

how perfect is your new cup + those aussie lamingtons look divine! one day you must publish a cookbook/photography book of all of your delicious + beautiful creations...i'd buy it in a heartbeat...~Happy February xoxo~!