30 December 2010

Countdown to New Years

Happy New Year, bonne année, kali chronia

As we draw to the close of another year we pause to reflect on what we have learned in 2010, the new dishes we have conquered, the friendships we have forged and the local food trends we have embraced. I hope that the holiday season met all of your expectations. This year I was embraced by my future son-in-laws family and flew to a city north of here. I came away with many new culinary ideas for this blog celebrating the Portuguese culture which I will share here in the months to come.

feliz año nuevo, buon anno, akemashite omedetô

The holiday was marred by the fact that L'il Burnt Toast was assaulted while riding the bus in downtown Vancouver before they caught their flight, a story which is long and too disheartening to go into here. Thank goodness she is alright as the bruised eyes and lumps and bumps have healed. Young people are so resilient!!!

But since this is a blog about food and not about the trials and tribulations of today's society I want to share some of my favourite dishes I discovered here at More Than Burnt Toast in 2010. A heartfelt thank you for joining me on my culinary journey throughout the year, for your undying support and kindness. I hope we continue to share a kitchen in the years to come.
selamat tahun baru, szczęśliwego nowego roku, feliz ano novo
sretna nova godina, gelukkig Nieuwjaar,prost Neujahr

January 2010

February 2010


March 2010

April 2010

July 2010

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

Beechers Mac and Cheese (photo courtesy of Beechers)

November 2010


December 2010

bliadhna mhath ur, gelukkige nuwejaar, bon any nou

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  1. What a nice photo album! A great celebration of the year that is drawing to a close. Happy New Year, dear Val!

  2. Beautiful photo album Val. I look forward to more of your delicious posts in the new year.

    I'm really sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope time will heal the emotions, but I'm sure it feels like time is moving very slowly right now. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Happy new year.

  3. What a delicious year! I think I missed a few of those earlier posts so will be back for copies.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. It has to be very unnerving for both of you. I hope that time heals the mind as it will the body.

    All good wishes for the new year.


  4. I'm glad I ate before I visited. What delectable offerings here!

    I'm writing you offline too.

  5. Oh, Val, I'm so sorry to read about L'il Toast. I hope she is OK and you both recover from the trauma of the situation.

    Your recipes are wonderful. I've tried many of them and will add a few more to my recipe file in the next few weeks.

    I hope the New Year brings health, happiness and prosperity to you and your family.

  6. Dear Valli Im really sorry by your daughter is so hard when happens these things, I hope she will be OK soon! I whish you a lovely and Happy New Year, huggss! gloria

  7. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter Val! Give her a big hug for me!

    I'm so glad to hear you had a lovely holiday all that aside. And these recipes! Ugh what a splendid trip down memory lane.

  8. Oh dear. So sorry to hear about L'il Burnt Toast and hope the emotional and physical scars disappear soon. All those dishes made for a delicious 2010. Happy New Year.

  9. What a beautiful year of food! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents. I'm so glad your daughter is ok- what a frightening experience. Wishing all the best for you and your family for the coming year! :)

  10. So sorry to hear about your daughter & I hope she continues to feel better. That is a stellar lineup of fabulous looking dishes though! Looking forward to more deliciousness in 2011 - Happy New Year you - Cheers!

  11. What a fabulous post and way to end the blogging year. It was a joy reading through all of the beautiful recipes that you prepared and admiring your photography again! I'm sorry about L'il Burnt Toast and hope that 2011 brings all good things to you. Salute' and ching ching! Blessings and love, Roz

  12. So very sorry sorry about L'il Burnt Toast - having been mugged -- some emotional scars take longer than the physical ones but they do heal. I wish her and you healing and wellness in 2011.

    The array of dishes presented here is a year's worth of care, deliciousness and I look forward to visiting this page again and again for inspiration. All the best in 2011.

  13. Happy New Year Val . So sorry to hear about your daughter and I'm very glad to hear she is okay. I love your recap. It was an incredible year for you -you constantly amaze me with your accomplishments.

  14. A great roundup of favorites, Val! I've bookmarked many of these so hopefully 2011 will be the year I put a dent in my recipe file.

  15. Happy New Year dear Val.

  16. Val, I'm so sorry to hear about LBT, I hope she is healing inside and out, thank goodness she's alright! It's always a joy to come here to see what you've been up to in and out of the kitchen. Wishing you all the best in 2011!


  17. I enjoyed looking at all your special creations. So sorry to hear about your daughter..hope she is recovering well!
    Portuguese cuisine is delicious! My brother lives in an area of Massachusetts where there are many Portuguese restuarants and we have often enjoyed a wonderful dinner there.
    Happy 2011!

  18. Love Love all the photos! This is my first time to your blog and I am sorry to hear in short what happened to your daughter. I love your blog and look forward to visiting often! Hope you have a wonderful day! I love meeting others who love cooking as much as I do!

  19. Val, you've shared some wonderful food with us this year. It is always a pleasure to visit with you. I hope the new year brings you increased health and happiness. I hope your daughter soon recovers from the assault. I'll keep you both in my thoughts and am sending healing thoughts your way. Hugs and blessings...Mary

  20. Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year. Very sorry to hear about your daughter. Life is often not fair. Looking forward to your creations for 2011.

  21. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter.

    I am so happy to have met you in 2010 and look forward to following more of your beautiful culinary creations in 2011. You are inspiring in so many ways.

  22. I've got my peas and greens on~ looking forward to a little luck and a few greenbacks in the new year!
    Happy 1/1/11 Val!

  23. I'm so sorry to hear about L'il Burnt Toast. That must have been so scary. The good news is, 2011 can only get better!

  24. What a wonderful round-up of dishes. I'm so sorry to hear that your Christmas was marred by such an awful thing happening to your daughter, but I send you all my very best wishes for the new year. I look forward to much more of your beautiful food in the year ahead.
    Sue xo

  25. Wow Val - that is some collection of dishes!!
    Best wishes for a fabulous and delicious new year.
    P.S. Sorry to hear about Lil, glad she heals up quick.

  26. egad! i'm so glad your gal is all right--what a scary and unfortunate experience!
    happy new year to ya, val. you've done some excellent work in 2010. :)

  27. Happy New Year ♥
    Moltissimi Auguri
    per uno splendido 2011

  28. I'm so very sorry to hear about your daughter, Val. That must've been so scary and awful. I'm very glad she's OK and wish you both much, MUCH happiness this year. :-)

  29. Val, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. May time heal you both.

    It's been a pleasure visiting your blog and looking forward to all your new creations in 2011. Happy new year!

  30. What a great roundup of dishes! I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter, but glad she is healing! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  31. Happy Happy New Year Val! I hope 2011 is the best year for you yet - looking forward to following your cooking adventures!

  32. Have you solved your problems regarding picture uploading yet? This was the most delectable parade of incredible food and food photography and took me back through my year reading you... almost the entire year. It was very enjoyable - and you did make considerable transitions with your site, your projects and goals and your travels. So interesting to follow and to learn from.
    I am sickened by what happened to your daughter. So So SO sorry that you had to endure that heartache and fear over the season - or anytime - and that she had to go through such a trauma.
    BIG HUG to you both,

  33. I am so sorry about your daughter. I know the trauma...

    I am playing catch up with my posting.

    My love to you and your daughter

  34. Giz told me about your daughter and her boyfriend's experience. I was just shocked and appalled to hear the story. I hope the assailant is brought to justice.


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