“A party without cake is just a meeting.”
– Julia Child
Thank you to everyone that participated in my #papayapiecesparty cyber housewarming party. You all made me smile, and I hope you had a lovely time. I was delighted at all the things we got to eat. Because all the food was in cyberspace, I suppose the good thing is that nobody needed to exercise not even an ounce of it off…
It’s strange how in my real life, -and sometimes I cringe when I say real life, more on that later on in this post- everyone around me seems to not be into desserts and sweets. I seem to be surrounded by lots of people that say: oh, I’m a savoury person, I don’t really like sweet things. It just so happens that I do have a sweet tooth, so I don’t understand them. In my cyber party, however, you brought along quite a lot of desserts. Hooray!
#papayapieces Cyber Housewarming Party
Now onto the yummy part which is what my friends brought to the party. We had flavours from all around the globe, along with a few fusion inventions too.
My great friend Pianolearner baked some sourdough bread (that big picture up there). A bit of bread always goes well with everything, plus if it’s homemade it’s so special. You can find his recipe here.
Persian Chicken Tacos
Fernando, who is behind one of the coolest blogs ever Eating With Your Hands, brought some Persian chicken tacos. I have been to Iran before, and my memories of Persian cuisine was that of being absolutely perfectly fragrant, perfectly spiced and perfectly delicious. I’ve heard that authentic Persian cuisine is timely and rather complicated, but I should try making it myself, even if just once.
His tacos are actually a fusion version (invention perhaps?) with slow cooked Persian saffron chicken with pickled red onion influenced by Argentinian choripan, all in a taco.
To make it all even more delicious, he even made the tacos himself!
The recipe for these Persian chicken tacos can be found in his post here.
Smashed Chickpea Sandwich
Who doesn’t love the taste of chickpeas? When I see them in these colourful smashed chickpea sandwiches full of goodness, I can just imagine how refreshing the flavours are.
Waz explores vegan food and lifestyle in the blog Lets Nom Nom, so we know her sandwich is not only tasty but healthy too.
Note: Waz is currently going through the gruelling process I’ve recently gone through of moving her blog. It’s going to have a different name so once it’s moved, I’ll update this post with the new address.
By the way, Waz also happens to be a graphic designer, so I bet her new site will be awesome. I can’t wait to see it!
Heirloom Boiled Eggs
Last week I posted these heirloom boiled eggs. This recipe, which can be found here, was invented by my Spanish grandmother, who is now 96 years old. My aunties also make this recipe and now I do too. These eggs are in a light cumin fragranted sauce, with a touch of turmeric just to give them a bit of a brighter yellow colour.
A few of my friends pointed out that this dish would go great at my housewarming party, so I decided to bring them along. I think they go perfect with the freshly baked bread that Pianolearner brought.
Pianolearner: I hope you like the combo of these eggs with your bread.
Now onto the sweets. We had some representation of Danish food with these Danish pastries and rundstykker brought along by Mitzee Mee. She is behind the blog, under the same name Mitzee Mee in which she writes all about her adventures while she explores the world.
If you want to dream about literally anywhere, go to her blog and she’ll probably have been there to give you the best tips ever about the place.
She knows a lot about Danish food -you can read why in her blog- so she brought over these pastries. I think they’re so nifty and delicious for a party.
Creamy Japanese Bilberry Pastries
The super mom behind the blog Tripsnkids was recently in Japan and loved all the Japanese food she got her hands on. Lucky her! I love Japanese food too, so I would have also been in food heaven there I guess.
Tripsnkids brought over some creamy Japanese bilberry pastries. Bilberries + cream + from Japan. That can only be delicious!
The Tripsnkids blog is all about travelling around the world with. I do recommend reading her blog for travelling anywhere if you have children, as she has loads of cool and fun tips. She also get up to loads of fun things too in her trips.
As if we didn’t have enough sweet things, I also made berry cupcakes. Very berry. Berries in the cup-cake as such, and berries in the icing.
It’s not the first time I made these icing swirls, but this time I had loads of fun doing them. I can’t wait to make my next cupcakes.
But meanwhile, in the nearer future, I’ll post the recipe for these cupcakes.
Spoiler: They don’t contain a single gram of yogurt, but somehow the mix with the berries make them taste quite yogurty.
I wanted to leave this dessert till last because oh my goodness it looks amazing. My good friend Darya, who blogs at Tortore made and brought over this Indian dessert called amrakhand.
Amrakhand is a saffron mango strained thick yogurt dessert. The colours are gorgeous and I can virtually smell it. As she says, you can have it as a dessert, or even as a breakfast or brunch. I agree, I’d have it anytime.
You can find her amrakhand recipe right here. I’m really tempted to try making this myself, even though I’m the only one in the Papaya Pieces household that likes yogurt. Perhaps it’s a good thing. More for me.
May I add: Another dish with saffron at my party, how fancy is that!
Thanks so much ladies!
A Small Rant About Friends
As I mentioned above, sometimes I cringe when someone or even I myself differentiates between real life and virtual life friends. Obviously our real life friends are the ones we have properly met and are often geographically close to us -though with my very international life, many are far away. We could define them as the real flesh and bones people that have been with us on our day to day. The thing is that in this blogging thing, our virtual friends also happen to be real flesh and bones people, who put in a lot of work and passion in what they do. They have the same joys and struggles as we all do. We are all real people.
Also, sometimes we actually end up meeting each other, or have plans to eventually meet up. For instance, Darya was once what we could call my virtual friend, but after a few real life meetings, we’re now real life good friends. And that is one of the precious things I’m most grateful for in my blogging journey.