I was recently tagged by Adora’s Box for the 7 Links Challenge that has been going round the blogosphere. The objective of the challenge is to list a post in each of the 7 categories prescribed and then pass it on to 5 other bloggers. After blogging for almost 2 years now, it is a good time for me to revisit some of my earlier posts. Here are my 7 links…

1. The most beautiful post

To me the Matcha Checkerboard Cookies is my most beautiful post. This was my first attempt at making checkerboard cookies and I was really pleased that it turned out so well. I made these for a contest and although they did not win, I still think they are beautiful. They also tasted really good. I should make them again soon.

2. The most popular post

This is a toss-up between Sour Cream Cookies with Mangoes and Pistachios and Hasselback Sweet Potatoes depending on which analysis tool I am are using. They are neck-to-neck in popularity and are the most searched for recipes on this blog.

3. The most controversial post

This is again a toss-up between Spicy Chocolate Rojak and Chocolate Pasta with White Chocolate Liqueur Sauce. Both are desserts involving chocolate. Rojak is a very popular Malaysian snack and one of the most crucial ingredient in this dish is thick, black shrimp paste (heiko) which I could not find here in the Midwest. I resorted to using dark chocolate to get a similar effect. Many will probably find it strange but it turned out really well and I enjoyed the dish. The other was the chocolate pasta I bought on a whim. For a long time I did not know what to do with it. Eventually I turned it into a simple dessert using white chocolate chips and chocolate liqueur for the sauce. The alternative will be to use a savory chili sauce for it.

4. The most helpful post

I think the most helpful post should go to Spiral Butternut Squash Mooncake with detailed step-by-step pictures on assembling the mooncake. I made these when my trusted helper was away at work and I had to clean my hands at each step before handling the camera. Some of the pictures were taken using a tripod with timed exposure. It was all very tedious but I felt it was necessary as the written explanation may not convey the message as clearly. It would have been best to use a video camera but I am not qite there as yet.

5. The post that was surprisingly successful

This Char Kueh Kak (Fried Rice Cake) post really surprised me. The dish itself is very tasty and delicious, but it has a very plain and homely look. I was a little reluctant to post it as the pictures were not particularly pretty. After several tries, I eventually managed to get some decent pictures and to my pleasant surprise, it was very well received. It is one of my top 10 posts. I really should not judge a book by its cover.

6. The post that did not get the attention it deserved

Ebony n Ivory Dessert is an earlier post and one of my favorites. This dessert is a fusion of a Malaysian drink and dessert – grass jelly drink also known as “cincau” and sago gula melaka, a sago pearl dessert with coconut milk and palm sugar. This is a simple and very tasty dessert that can be whipped up in short notice. I remember struggling with the photography on this one and finally, Ro-Ri San helped take this picture which became the main shot in the post.

7. The post I am most proud of

This Orange Coconut Cake with Orange Frosting is a cake I have made many, many times. I am most proud of it because it made it to FoodGawker, TasteSpotting, and Foodbuzz Top9! It was also one of my earlier posts and I had fun taking it out to the snow for the photo shoot with my then, brand new Panasonic FZ35 camera, a gift from my dear Ro-Ri San.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my 7 links. Now, it is my turn to pass this challenge on to 5 other bloggers. I have chosen the following

1. Mina of Authentic Vegetarian Recipes
2. Jeannie of Baking Diary
3. Jessica of Kitchen Belleicious
4. Julie of Mommie Cooks
5. Jamie of The Unseasoned Wok

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)