Monday, August 9, 2010

Some new products and updates...

Honey, Almond and Rosewater Cake
Honey, Almond and Rosewater Cake

It has been so long since I made an appearance here that it felt a little strange.

As I got better at expressing myself through the flavours that I created, it seemed that I have less and less to write about. Sure, I have thoughts that linger for a while, and sometimes I think that they deserve to be written down, but they never stay as thoughts long enough for me to write about them. My medium of choice these days is baking.

There is less time for reflection when you are constantly on the move; I'm always thinking about how to improve the business, and I have so many ideas that I can't wait to express and realise , that I don't have a lot of time for self contemplation that is the backbone of good writing.

Lime and Yoghurt Cake
Lime and Yoghurt Cake

But I want to tell you that I am very happy. Sure, I want to move forward (excuse me, Ms. Gillard), but I like where I am at now. Those of you who have been following my tweets would know that I've started trading fortnightly at the Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers Market, and let me tell you, I don't think I can be happier or prouder about it.

There, I am part of an amazing community of farmers and producers who put their heart and soul into what they do. And if you haven't been there, or tasted their food yet, trust me when I say that you will be hard pressed to find anything better. I love being at the Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers Market so much that when I'm not there, all I could think of is how much I'm missing it. Mind you, I go to the Melbourne Community Farmers Market every Saturday, both to shop and just to be there, but somehow it just feels different when I am on the other side.

Rhubarb Velvet Cake
Rhubarb Velvet Cake

I relish seeing regulars coming back to get their favourites, and I beam like a proud mama when new faces light up after tasting my cakes. And yes, we have regulars already, despite only having been at the market 3 times so far. I am very touched and pleasantly surprised by how supportive the customers that frequent that market are! And in they come, rain, hail or shine, as proven on the first Sunday of August when the weather was so vile I would not wish it on my worst enemy.

I don't know how many people who are involved at the market actually linked Treehouse back to this blog. (The name is very different, plus as this is a mostly personal blog, I don't actually advertise it as much as I should. Although these days it's getting harder and harder to determine where work ends and life begins.) But I just thought that I should say a BIG thank you to all the customers, fellow stallholders, and market management team that makes the Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers Market what it is: a great market that's only going to get better.

PS. I promise that I'll try to take some photos of the market this Sunday.


grub said...

welcome back the the blog world! :)
i shall pay you a visit for some lovely cakes when i graduate from high school this year :D

p.s i love how you are following your passion and doing what you love best. KEEP IT UP!

Mallory Elise said...

congratulations lady, be a proud cake mama! you've found something that makes you even happier than the blog, so don't be ashamed that you don't need to fill that void anymore. up up and away ;)

Xiaolu said...

Congrats at expanding your business. If I lived nearby, I would surely love to buy some of these amazing treats. You take great photos. I hope you use them for signs and other advertising.

Y said...

Love your range - everything looks so delicious and all of I would buy in a heart beat, even if I didn't already know you. Please post more market pictures - would love to see what it's like :)

Sheryl said...

Christy! I've been waiting for a new post..and I love reading about your thoughts and seeing your new imaginative products. The Rubarb Velvet mini bundt looks divine! I wish I could visit more often on a Sunday because I'm still thinking of those cakes I got from you last time. I know those sleepless nights of baking can be so tiring but it's all so worth it when you see your customers walk away with a smile or give you compliments isn't it? I think that's the motivation that drives me to bake till 3am sometimes and you're right, when you're baking you don't need to think so much, keeps me semi calm unless I'm racing the clock to get orders done in time.

Keep doing what you're doing, things will only keep getting better for you and success will keep growing because everyone can see the care, passion and thought that goes into each and every one of your products.

Hope you can drop by our grand opening in 2.5 weeks (eeek!)

See you soon.

Mallory Elise said...

yeah the little blog troll was a brazilian gal telling me how "ignorant" i am (she used that word) for wanting raspberries and cranberries when i live in the biggest bio diversity on the planet. erm, ok. and then she told me that if i wasn't such a close miinded dumb ass foreigner then i wouldnt have to buy imported cape gooseberries because they grow on he streets of sao paulo! she said, "walk out your door and pick them you lark!" i actually think she is on crack, i had never seen these berries before, nor had my brazilian husband or brazilian friends who ate them off the top of the tarts, and they were born in sao paulo. i was soooooo upset by this troll (hehe, thats a good title for her) that i had to delete it. some other braziliand have bean telling me that brazilians get offended even when they are being complimented because they are so ready for the defense. i was so creeped out by this...i mean, i don't have a political blog!!

Melissa said...

looks delish! i also love baking and tried to join in a bazaar once. i wonder how you manage baking just the right amount for that market day and what do you do with those that are not sold?

One Pair Two Pear said...

you must keep writing your thouhts down so i can keep looking at your lovely pictures - krsta

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the farmer's market, that must be wonderful! I had the grand idea to sell my baked goods at a farmer's market last summer, but the idea never quite came to fruition. All of your photos are beautiful!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...


Pretty. Good. Food. said...

This looks delicious! Your photographs are beautiful!
I'd love for you to check out my blog and let me know what you think!
Thanks and Happy Cooking!

Julia @Mélanger said...

I would love to see photos of you at the markets. I will definitely visit next time I'm in Melbourne. It's so great to hear that you're loving what you're doing. Not surprising then, that work and life may merge! :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Wow! Well done, this is seriously my dream to be able to trade my own goods. You've got a lovely blog, I hope to see some more beautiful creations up here soon.

Anonymous said...

This looks very delish! I'm so glad I found your blog. Keep it up! :)

Scarlett said...

I just wanted to say what an inspirational blog you have! many thanks from the UK!

Valerie said...

Everything look sooo good!