Happy New Year! Not a recipe, just a bit of chat…

2010 has been a whirlwind of a year and 2011 looks set to be just as good!

My deepest thanks goes to all you Pink Whiskers who have made the past six months an unbeatable experience, as we start 2011 there are already over 3,000 of you who read and enjoy the blog (well I’m presuming you’re enjoying it otherwise I guess you wouldn’t keep coming back) – that’s a pretty good gang of bakers by any standards!

As soon as I get rid of this flu bug I’ll be back to baking and blogging, at the moment in the throes of a body which will not regulate it’s own temperature and joints which have forgotten how to work I can’t stand up in the kitchen long enough to come up with anything sensible let alone blog it so forgive me for the late start in January. Whilst post-Christmas minds turn to thoughts of dieting maybe a baking break is in order anyway?

So to look forward to 2011 I am going to write my own baking book, even if no-one wants to print it I will write it anyway! Β I am hoping to finalise a deal to publish a book but more along cake decorating lines. Β I have some projects lined up with a couple of big name brands and I hope to be able to tell you more about these as they are signed and sealed. Of course the blog will continue until I run out of ideas – nope can’t see that ever happening!

So here’s to all the Pink Whiskers – may 2011 bring you everything you ever dared to dream of.


Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Finalist on BBC2 The Great British Bake Off 2010

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40 Responses to Happy New Year! Not a recipe, just a bit of chat…

  1. Mom on a Wire says:

    Happy New Year!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  2. tyla says:

    happy new year!
    hope you do get a book out! xo

  3. Lisa Shannon says:

    Happy and healthy new year to you and your boys Ruth,

    Hope you feel better soon

    Take care and Lots of love xx

  4. Fotf says:

    Ahh Happy New Year Ruth, hope you feel better soon and i for one will be watching this space πŸ™‚

  5. Pene says:

    Happy New Year Ruth, hope your feeling better soon and back to inspiring us with more baking goodies.
    Pene x

  6. Thisisme says:

    I wish you and your family a very special new Year too, Ruth. I am sure it will be a very exciting one for you.! I do hope that the book deal comes off for you and don't forget to let us know as soon as things are finalised! I hope it all works out just the way you would want it to. Thanks again for all your recipes. Take care, and I do hope that you will be feeling much better very soon xx

  7. Anonymous says:

    Happy New Year to you too Ruth and your family, hope you recover from Flu soon – looking forward to some great receipes and reading more of the Pink Whisk – love the website and follow on Face book.
    Take care and best wishes
    Sharon Jardine

  8. Clare says:

    Hi Ruth, I'm so glad you are bringing out a book this year. I was only saying to my partner the other day that I need you to write a book after the success of my, (sorry your), Christmas cake and sausage rolls. Will you be including your Christmas cake recipe in any book or do I need to print it off from the Blog? I think I will now be the designated Christmas cake baker for the foreseeable future so I don't want to risk losing the recipe. Happy New Year! Clare

  9. Lavender hearts says:

    You have done brilliantly. Well done! May 2011 be even better for you! x

  10. Sandra says:

    Thank you for the lovely recipes this past year, and such great news for 2011 by the sounds of it. Can't wait.

  11. Julie says:

    Good luck to you Ruth! I hope 2011 proves a very successful year for you. And yes – we are all enjoying your blog immensely!


  12. Pam Mackinnon says:

    Get well soon, we need your wit and wisdom on all thinking baking! Write a great recipe book and they will publish it! I particularly like the step by step photos, really helps keep me on track. Here's to an exciting 2011 for us all!

  13. mandy elliott says:

    Hope you feel better very soon Ruth and best wishes for 2011

  14. Christine says:

    Hope you're on the mend. I love your blog – I've recommended you to all my friends and family – your step by step photos and instructions are perfect, thank you πŸ™‚

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hope you feel better soon. To be honest a break from the kitchen is not a bad thing, as it forces you to have a period of reflection and plan for the forthcoming year. Keep up the good work, I just love your recipes and can't wait for the book:)

  16. Craftilicious says:

    Get well soon Ruth. Looking forward to the book…..

  17. KadetKim says:

    I've been meaning to come on here for absolutely ages and say well done with this website. I absolutely LOVE it and thanks for sharing all these great things.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    All good things for 2011 and well done on your success so far.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Ruth, you are my inspiration, I would love it if you had a book published.
    Feel better soon, and good luck for the year ahead!
    Best Wishes
    Michelle Youngs

  19. traceyh says:

    hi ruth, hope you feel better soon.
    best wishes for 2011,good luck with the book ,i cant wait .! xx

  20. Franziska says:

    Ruth, have a look here http://www.blurb.com/ if you want to do your own book. I have a friend who published three books via Blurp and they look great and don't cost an arm and a leg.

    Happy new year and I loved your 12 days of Christmas items! I made the monkey bread and it turned out delicious!

  21. Janice says:

    Hopeyou are feeling better soon. Sounds like lots going on for 2011, look forward to enjoying it with you.

  22. Liz says:

    I hope you feel better soon.

    I was given 9 cookery books for Christmas, but always have room for another on the shelves, so hope you find a publisher for yours.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Get well soon, I am new to the pink whisk and made your sausage rolls for christmas – omg I have never received so many compliments – they didnt hang around for long. My friend made your monkey bread which was wonderful. Thank you, looking forward to trying some more of your recipes.

  24. Sarah says:

    Happy New Year (hope you're feeling better soon) and look forward to baking with you in 2011!!

  25. Cath Davidson says:

    Fantastic news! I'm so pleased your doing a book – I think it will be an instant hit – I for one will be buying one πŸ™‚ – Your Christmas cake, with the Boozy Fruit was AMAZing! Everyone commented on how lovely it was πŸ˜€

    My lovely new Kenwood chef is having a bit of a break at the moment as I'm TRYING to start my diet again, so baking is not conducive with that! Although with my Christmas money I have bought myself a rather nice shiney new "app" (my son's word for it!) for it – an Ice Cream maker – frozen yogurts and sorbets for me then πŸ™‚

  26. Cath x says:

    Hope you're 100% well soon Ruth and back wowing us with your recipes xx

  27. Jill says:

    Happy New Year Ruth and hope you will soon be feeling much better. Am an avid fan of your website and look forward to trying out more of your recipes – the Christmas cake was delicious πŸ™‚

  28. Sue says:

    Hi Ruth.
    I hope you start to feel better really soon.
    As we speak, I am making your fabalous Bread and Butter Pudding Cupcakes. My Dad thinks they are the best.
    As a twist I am going to add some of your Zesty Lemon Curd which I've also made.
    Really looking forward to your book, which I will be keeping an eye out for. Good Luck with that project.
    Take Care of yourself and looking forward to whats cooking in 2011. xx

  29. Mayblosom says:

    Happy New year Ruth to you and your family. I've lurked and learned on The Pink Whisk for a few months now. So thought it was about time that I finally joined and posted.

    I'm no baker by any stretch of the imagination but thought I'd give it a go, nothing ventured etc! Each recipe that I have tried has worked out. I like that you say not to worry if it all looks a bit unattractive – like the bread and butter cupcake batter. I also find it very useful that you mention what utensils you have found worked and link where to buy them. Especially as I'm starting from scratch.

    Anyhow, enough of my prattle just wanted to say "Hi" and hope you're fighting fit soon and thanks for the recipes.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Happy New Year Ruth!

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

    Hope you feel better very soon! Would love to see some recipes for a poor sole just starting out on Weight Watchers once again!!!!

    Be Well… Jo x

  31. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    Happy New Year and I hope you are feeling better. Great plan about the book, I'm sure someone will snap you up before you know it.

  32. Kerry Ratcliffe says:

    Hey Ruth,
    I empathise with you, my boys had swine flu before Christmas and recovered just about enough to enjoy the big day!!!
    I am plotting my recipes for the year ahead and sooooo look forward to your book (you will find a publisher) to join my collection – cookie girls "eat me" is one of my favourites but then my new business which I finally bit the bullet and started after watching you an Miranda mainly specialises in cupcakes.
    Look forward to your next posting
    Keep blogging

  33. Sharon Speakman says:

    Wishing you a wonderful 2011 and hope it's full of exciting opportunities for you and your family. Also wishing you a creative and recipe packed year of which we'll all benefit. Thanks for the ideas, Sharon x x x

  34. Matt says:

    Hi Ruth Happy new year and thank you for a wonderful range of recipes for Christmas. we have never eaten so much and you are so right about the diet!! Stay well
    Best wishes

  35. Ruth says:

    Thanks for all the get well wishes…seems this virus is taking a bit of shaking but am definitely on the mend xx

  36. Anonymous says:

    I'd buy your book even if (or specifically because!!) it duplicated some of the website baking recipes, good luck, you deserve continued success.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Happy New Year Ruth and take as long as you need to get over the flu bug – it lingers for ages and the best medicine is to just give into it for a while.

    So many thanks from my family for the Christmas Cake recipe – it really was the best I've ever made.

    Looking forward to the book. xx

  38. June Buckley says:

    Hi Ruth

    I hope you are feeling better and I look forward to the new recipes. I love the tea loaf

  39. Peter Rabbit says:

    i do hope you are feeling better now, theres a lot of that nasty flu about.
    very much looking forward to your book ~ please keep me posted!!

  40. Nadia says:

    Happy New Year from Australia, Ruth! Get better soon.
    Your boozy fruit cake was lovely. I made a big one for me and 13 little ones to give away (including four gluten-free). I used your inspirational star tree to decorate it, but as I had already punched out various sizes of holly leaves, I used them with a green background and Christmas figures around the side. It looks too pretty to cut! Hope your 2012 is full of exciting new recipes.

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