Sounds good, right? Well, I didn’t place in my first ever (very informal) baking contest. Luckily my good friend Maria represented the vegans with a delicious coconut lime cake that won third place!
I suppose it helps to make something you’ve made before and tested out on people instead of making it up the morning of. At any rate, I made a (really tasty) toasted nut and oat crust, topped it with a sweet Almond Ricotta from Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, topped that with a strawberry puree, and finished it with sliced pears and almonds that were sauteed with ginger and Amaretto. There was some leftover ricotta and strawberry sauce, so I stirred them together while watching DVD commentary for La Strada before I left, and I thought they were pretty good. Ahh well.
In good news, I picked up some amazing handmade goods from the co-occurring craft fair! Some holiday gifts for the out-laws and my heart-mate, and I couldn’t pass up Amber’s earflap bike hat and Corin’s knit neck cozy. Here is a low-lit and blurry self-portrait of my personal goods (gasp! the revelation!)…I’ve got to work on probably utilizing the AF on my camera for this sort of thing in the future: