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Camembert Cheese and Fruit

Posted on September 9, 2008 by in cheese

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I missed my Blogiversary, I missed my 100th post, so I’ll be damned if I miss another opportunity to celebrate. This is my 200th post and boy, what a journey this has been so far!
I started blogging on 27 July 2007, in fact it was my husband who got me started by creating this blog for me. I remember those first posts……. small photos, limited writing skills and no comments.

I received my first comment from Taste Memory for a Strawberry and Nasturtium Salad that I made. Slowly but surely I learned about Photobucket and Google Readers(still haven’t figured that one out completely) and Feedburner and all sorts of things. As with everything else there has been “highs” and “lows”. I try and learn from my mistakes and rejoice in my victories so I was ecstatic when my best post so far, Beer-battered Fish got 1886 hits in one day!! Like all of you, I would like to push my readership even higher, but I have no doubt that it will happen…soon! This site has now grown into something that I am extremely proud of and I find great pleasure in adding to this site regularly. I get up every morning at 4.20, make myself some coffee/tea and at 5.00 I start posting or browsing or just following up on comments.

My goals:
– I would like to publish my own book(I am busy, ok!!)
– generate some form of income from my site (so that I can justify eating lobster in the middle of the week, he-he!!!!!)
-write a food column for a magazine or newspaper.

What I have noticed over the last few months, is that my hits increased, but my comments decreased. Does it mean that my site is boring, un-informative or not interesting enough??? I would really appreciate your input in this regard.

I trust that you will keep coming to this site and that I will still share many more recipes with you in future. I appreciate every visit, comment, contribution(to my gardening project) and special mention that I have received so far. I cannot imagine my days without all of you. So to all of you dedicated bloggers……..Thank You, Thank You, Thank you!!!!

If I was near Tartlette or My sweet and Saucy, I would have asked them to bake me a wonderful cake for this occasion, but since I am not, I decided to make a “cake” with my favorite ingredients…..cheese and fruit!!!!! It was fantastic and every bite was simply heavenly so I have no doubt in my mind that this “cake” was the perfect end to a lovely meal. Judging on everyone’s oohing and aaahing, it was a very sociable meal too)

Camembert Cake


For the Vanilla syrup

2 Heaped Tbsp caster sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 Vanilla pod – inside scraped out.

1 round ripe Camembert
fresh strawberries, grapes, gooseberries
125gr mixed nuts – brazil, macadamia, hazel, cashews,almonds

Put ingredients for syrup in a pot. Slowly heat to melt the sugar and then boil until you have a lovely syrup. When the back of a spoon is coated and you run your finger over it, it must leave a line.
Add and mix the nuts with the syrup and let it cool to room temperature.

Now, on a plate or wood board, place the Camembert Cheese. Top with the nuts and syrup and arrange fresh fruit around the cheese – I used strawberries, cape gooseberries and grapes, but you can use whatever you have available.

My desserts seem to draw a lot of attention, so just in case you missed some of them, follow these links to the most popular ones I’ve made.

Apple Tarte Tatin with chilli ice-cream
Brandy tuiles with Lavender cream
Honey and Pear pudding
Pineapple pudding

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33 Responses to “Camembert Cheese and Fruit”

  1. Peter M 9 September 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    I luv it…a brie cake…baked then served with that array of fruit.

  2. OhioMom 9 September 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    What a wonderful idea for a cake, I love it!

    I will have to wander thru your other recipes.

    BTW, we started our blogs about the same time, reading your post sounded like my early days blogging 🙂

  3. glamah16 9 September 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    That is a beautiful presentation. I was just advising a friend on a cheese and fruit tray for a party, and now I’m gong to mention this. You have an excellent blog . Its funny about the traffic versus numbers of comments. I find its all kind of cyclical.Especially as a lot of people took blogging breaks for the summer. And there are a lot of people who just dont comment, but I know they are regulars based on conversations, emails, etc. And thats fine .Congrats.

  4. Proud Italian Cook 9 September 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Nina, congratulations on all you have accomplished on your wonderful blog here! You should be very proud of it! It’s like eye candy everytime I come by for a visit. I love the way you style your food, but then I told you that many times! As far as the comments go, it gets harder the more friends we make in the blogospere, my reader is packed with blogs I read. Some days I’m on the computer for hours just making the rounds commenting! Unfortunately we all have other lives to tend to, so if anyone can come up with a good suggestion for any easier way of doing this, I’m
    in! Maybe we should all post once a week? Anyway, love your blog!!!

  5. Pam 9 September 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    I love your blog, stories and pictures. I would absolutely buy your cookbook. Congratulations on a beautiful blog!

  6. nicisme 9 September 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    Congrats on 200 posts Nina! I love to come here and look at your posts, always so beautiful. Your ‘cake’ is a super idea!
    PS. I sent the seeds today, sorry for the delay, the garden nurseries have only bulbs out at the moment and I had to hunt for them.

  7. Susan from Food Blogga 9 September 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    Congratulations on your impressive accomplishment, Nina. And that gives new meaning to cheese cake.

  8. kat 9 September 2008 at 5:18 pm #

    that’s my kind of cake! happy 200th!

  9. bee 9 September 2008 at 5:38 pm #

    conratulations on your 200th post and a beautiful blog, dear nina.

  10. Passionate About Baking 9 September 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    Congrats on your 200th Nina…& what a beautiful, luscious way to celebrate. YOUR BLOG ROCKS. BTW, I'm still trying to figure out the Google reader too, & am usually up at 5 with my cuppa coffee!! xoxoxo…all the best. May yours dreams & aspirations come true!

  11. Anonymous 9 September 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Well Done Nincky Poo!! Sorry to only look in now but been a bit hectic. Your passion is what keeps us going and we hope that it never reduces (cooking word!!)

    Young Chloe is inspired by you and Chris and I really appreciate your uplifting nature. May your Cakes rise, your jelly’s wobble and until your head is next to mine on the pillow tonight. Bon Appetit!!

    PS . The Gardening project you have running will draw others with the same love with which we have been drawn. Your Family and Garden Village are proud of you!!!

  12. Tartelette 9 September 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    Happy bloganniversary! I know I am in a weird place to comment on this but i would not worry about comments that much: far more people read blogs than they actually comment on them. It’s always surprising when I look at stats and it is also due to the fact that there are so many more blogs around. Also, people work longer or more jobs these days and it is hard to jungle blogging: making food, photographing it, writing about it, visiting blogs, and family and social life. Quality over quantity. Keep it up!

  13. Maryann 9 September 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    Congrats on ALL counts! You know how much you inspire me with your photos! I appreciate the time you put into your blog, but mostly for being a great blogging buddy 🙂
    You just keep showing us that talent, kid!
    Maryann xox

  14. Ben 9 September 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    I think we all remember when we started blogging. Oh how time flies! Happy 200th post and those goals are really nice and I am sure that you will be able to accomplish them if you put your heart and mind on it 🙂

  15. Nik Snacks 10 September 2008 at 2:04 am #

    Your cake is utterly beautiful in every way. I love your blog, your food, and best of all, the photos. They and you are one of a kind. I’m proud of you and your successes thus far. Happy 200th post! I just celebrated my 101st post lol OK, My friend, everything you’re doing is wonderful. Don’t change a thing!

  16. Bridgett 10 September 2008 at 3:51 am #

    I read somewhere that your blog will generate up to 80% lurkers with only 20% of those people actually making comments. Crazy, but I think it is true. You have a fantastic blog and I wish you well on a possible foodie career! How fun that would be.

  17. That Girl 10 September 2008 at 5:50 am #

    Personally I comment on all the blogs I read, it makes me feel to creepy to “lurk”.

    Happy Blogiversary! I love this kind of “cake” I make something similar with dried fruit, but I love the addition of nuts.

  18. Abigail 10 September 2008 at 7:39 am #

    Guess I’m one of those 80% of lurkers. Hee hee. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and feel very inspired, though I can’t get quite a few of the ingredients you use here in Japan. So I just stare at the photos and drool. 🙂 You truly have a gift for making beautiful food!

  19. Nina Timm 10 September 2008 at 8:22 am #

    peter m – i did not bake the brie this time, but that might be an idea for next time.

    ohiomom – please take your time and enjoy my recipes. I hope you find something that you like…..

    glamah – I think the problem is that I compare myself with the great bloggers like Peter, Tartlette and so on and then I wonder if there is something that I was suppose to subscribe to and didn’t…. thanks for your kindness!!!

    proud italian cook – it is hard work, getting through all my favorite sites too, but who would have imagined that hard work can be such fun.Thanks for being such a supportive visitor!

    pam – that is fantastic to know….thank you!

    nicisme – thank you so much for your generosity….We’ve had so much rain in the last 2 weeks that our prospective gardens are all flooded, but after this week it should be safe to plant. Thx again!!

    susan – thank you so much for the visit and the kind words!

    kat – thank you and I can truly say that you been there for most of the time and I appreciate this.

    bee- I so appreciate this from someone as talented as you!!!

    passionate about baking – Aaahhh, I have an early morning partner.Thanks for your kindness and all the visits, I appreciate it more than you know!

    anonymousThe husband) – you guys keep me moving and even if some of the criticism is sometimes hard to swallow, I know that it helps to improve my skills everytime.

    tartlette – Oh goodness, the queen of tarts on my site….I am flattered! Thank you so much for your support.

    maryann – you have bee a great support and kind blog buddy. On comment from you and I am all inspired!!

    ben – you are one of the blogger that have inspired me.

    nick snacks – I feel so flattered, because your comments are so heartfelt. Thanks so much!

    bridgette – a food career, now there is a novel idea!!!!

    that girl – I know that you comment religiously on this site and I appreciate it. Thank you so much!!!

    abigail – thank you so much and you can lurk anytime. What ingredients are you looking for?

  20. Emiline 10 September 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    Congrats to you! Yes! You have a reason to celebrate. Celebrate all of those occasions that you missed.
    I wish you good luck in all your dreams. You can do it!

  21. Abigail 10 September 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Nina, thanks for asking, but what I really enjoy when looking at your blog are all the fresh fruits and veggies, a lot of which I can’t find in Japan (like those beautiful berries)!

  22. Prudy 10 September 2008 at 3:54 pm #

    OH, heavenly photo! That looks wonderful. What a gorgeous blog. I’ve got to catch up on your other 200 posts.

  23. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 10 September 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Wow! That is stunning Nina! That is my kind of cake! Made of cheese!!! Those gooseberries are gorgeous!

    I agree you should be extremely proud of your blog, it is beautiful and interesting and always full of delicious and sophisticated foods. I wish I could visit and see every post, like many of my other favorite blogs! If only days were longer! But I think if you just keep going the way you are, great things are bound to continue to happen!

    best of luck with it all – you certainly have the talent! 🙂

  24. Nina Timm 10 September 2008 at 9:27 pm #

    emiline – thank you for the encouragement.

    abigail – The berries I must say, was a rare find even here in the Cape!

    prudy – take all the time you need!Thanks for the visit.

    jenndz – I am really praying for this site to go somewhere now…I am spending hours doing this, but I feel encouraged by all the wonderful wishes….

  25. My Sweet & Saucy 10 September 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    Congratulations! I so wish I could send you a celebration cake! Yours looks pretty tasty though!

  26. Elly 11 September 2008 at 2:05 am #

    Mmm. A cake made of cheese. Sounds perfect! Looks even better! Happy 200th!

  27. Dee 11 September 2008 at 3:36 am #

    200 posts, wow! Congrats 🙂 That cheese cake sounds just about perfect with that vanilla syrup. I’m eyeing your chile ice cream too… mmm.

  28. Nina Timm 11 September 2008 at 5:22 am #

    my sweet and saucy – that would have been a treat!

    elly – thank you!!!

    dee- Ahhhh,try it you’ll love it!

  29. Rose&Thorn 11 September 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Happy blogaversary! And that is definitely my kind of cake too!

  30. Jeanne 12 September 2008 at 2:14 am #

    Well done! I don;t think people realise how muich hard work it takes to keep doing this week in and week out – but then yo get a lovely comment and it’s all worth it 🙂 Look forward to many more posts, and I’m with you – cheese and fruits is the best dessert!

  31. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy 12 September 2008 at 4:46 am #

    Kudos to you on 200 posts. Wow! That’s a lot of early mornings. Don’t fret over the comments. I’m sure a lot of people are like me and read most posts through a reader. I just don’t always have time to comment on every one. I still enjoy reading them, though. It can be quite overwhelming trying to keep up with comments everybody’s blogs. You could spend all your time just doing that!

  32. Nina Timm 12 September 2008 at 5:25 am #

    jeanne – ya, those comments can become quite addictive….

    stickygooeycreamychewy – I’m not really worried about the comments, I was just wondering if I was still on track…seems as if I am ok!

  33. Marianna 25 September 2008 at 11:18 am #

    My goodness, this looks amazing! It’s absolutely wonderful what you’ve done with the cheese! Never seen such a superb presentation before!

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