Happy Holidays!

23 December 2006

I’d like to thank all of you who have taken part in Menu for Hope III – we’ve raised nearly $60,000 – WOW! Pim and all other regional hosts worked very hard and I think we in the food blogging community should be proud. 

Also, I know it’s a little late, but as an extra thank you to my readers I’ve rustled up some Christmas e-cards with my photos – if you’d like to send a quick holiday message at the last minute, just click the photo you fancy and write a sweet note to a friend or loved one :)


Have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year, everyone!

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  • dear keiko, how very exquisite! it’s hard to choose a favourite but i’m inclined towards the one of maya :) take care & happy holidays!

    Posted by Joycelyn | 23 December 2006 #
  • Keiko, what gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing, and have a fabulous holiday yourself!

    Posted by s'kat | 23 December 2006 #
  • These e-cards are wonderful, I’ll be definitely using some! Thanks!
    And have a wonderful festive season, dear Keiko. Hope to see you in 2007!

    Posted by Pille | 23 December 2006 #
  • You too, Keiko…Thanks for everything you’ve been sharing here. I love your cards…I just sent plenty to my loved ones. Happy Holidays to you…:-)

    Posted by Maya | 23 December 2006 #
  • It’s never to late to send cards and these are beautiful.

    Posted by brilynn | 23 December 2006 #
  • Those are beautuful cards, thanks a lot!

    Posted by plume | 23 December 2006 #
  • Dear Keiko – Happy holidays to you too! Thank you for these lovely ecards. I have been staring at the screen for god knows how many minutes. Your photos take my breath away. It is hard to choose but I think my favorite is the one with the bulbs and the cat and the ornaments and the truffles :)

    Posted by Cenk | 23 December 2006 #
  • happy holidays to you too keiko enjoy everything!

    Posted by mercotte | 24 December 2006 #
  • This site is very spiring and u have a sureal talent, congrats and of course, happy holydays!!!

    ps.: Your Opera cake looks perfect… i’ll try one this xmas…

    Posted by Ric | 24 December 2006 #
  • keiko,
    lovely ecards!!! thanks for sharing
    happy holidays in the merriest season of the year.

    Posted by slurp! | 24 December 2006 #
  • hi keiko! these cards are absolutely gorgeous!

    merry christmas!!

    Posted by melody | 24 December 2006 #
  • Awesome photos!!!!!
    Merry Christmas, enjoy your holiday!!!!_

    Posted by M from Hong Kong | 24 December 2006 #
  • Merry Christmas Keiko! May your holidays be filled with delicious food, a loving family and wonderful friends!

    Posted by maria~ | 24 December 2006 #
  • Wonderful pictures!!!
    You are so talented, I cannot stop looking at your site its amazing.
    Keep on with the GREAT job. Wishing you a wonderful 2007. A year of happiness, friendship and joy.

    Posted by Gitit | 24 December 2006 #
  • Merry Christmas Keiko and thank you for your magic eye

    Posted by bonheursdesophie | 25 December 2006 #
  • Merry Christmas Keiko..

    I have been a long time devotee of your beautiful site..truely inspirational..

    Thanks for the e-cards..

    best wishes Tim

    Posted by Tim from Lime food design | 25 December 2006 #
  • Thank you for another year of great pictures and recipes. Hope you had a wonderful Xmas and have a great New Year’s! Let’s have another great year in 2007 ;-)

    Posted by Zack | 25 December 2006 #
  • Thanks for getting me off the hook with a few people that I hadn’t sent anything to! Your photos are spectacular and you have inpsired me to learn how to take better photos myself. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by Lee | 26 December 2006 #
  • the e-card photos are beautiful keiko! thank you for posting them and may your christmas be filled with good food and good company. best wishes and hope you have a great new year too. :)

    Posted by ilingc | 26 December 2006 #
  • Keiko,
    Absalutely gorgeous!! Hope you will have a wonderfulChristmas and a great New Year!

    Posted by ThyCountess | 26 December 2006 #
  • Hi Keiko, to me your main picture is my favourite. It evokes the festive feel, passion for the season and chicness of the present. Thanks for sharing these lovely e-cards! Merry Chrissy and Happy New Year!

    Posted by steffles | 26 December 2006 #
  • Happy holidays to you Keiko! And thanks for these beautifull little presents, the pictures are absolutely great, as always ;-)

    Posted by Sigrid | 26 December 2006 #
  • Hey Keiko,

    Seasons greetings and all that… lovely image including Maya as usual!

    Finally, I have a tripod, so I’ll be experimenting to get better food photos myself in the coming days and weeks, although, I doubt to quite the same level of detail on the presentation front.

    Also thanks to Matthew for the idea of a laser for my sister and nephew’s cat, Dylan. I think he’s had more exercise running after the beam (thanks to the 4.99 ultra-mini laser from maplin) in the last 48hrs than he’s had in his entire life, although it frightened the crap out of my parent’s cat, to the point that he just hid (well… Nutmeg has always been a bit of a softy and he’s getting old). Dylan just goes nuts after it though. Must be the first time I’ve seen a cat panting, with mouth open and tongue out, much like a small dog, after my nephew had the poor thing running around the living room in circles chasing the small dot… got a feeling it’s gonna cost my nephew a fortune in batteries.

    Still… great fun, and Dylan didn’t seem to mind! Great entertainment all round I reckon ;-)

    Best wishes,

    Posted by Mark Mitchenall | 27 December 2006 #
  • Dear Keiko, I~m in Brazil- have been here since early Jan and missed on the campaign.I~m sorry. Hope you had a lovely xmas. your cards are wonderful – and such lovely gesture. I am trying to revive the english version of my blog.let~s see if I will succeed .i failed in November. keep well and happy 2007.

    Posted by valentina | 27 December 2006 #
  • Oh Keiko, if only I had come across your e-cards earlier, they are so beautiful.
    Thanks for all your wonderful posts this year, you truly are an inspiring blogger.
    And I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the new year!

    Posted by jenjen | 27 December 2006 #
  • Keiko-san,

    Merry Christmas! I loved your photo e-cards. Unfortunately, I found these after Xmas…anyway, still enjoyed the photos.
    Are you spending your holidays in the UK? I am spending mine in NYC...no Osechi for me. I wish you a happy 2007!

    Posted by yuki | 27 December 2006 #
  • Keiko, hope you have a Happy and Beautiful 2007!

    Posted by simonetta | 27 December 2006 #
  • Wow, these are beautiful. What a wonderful gift. Thank you for making them available. N.

    Posted by Nerine | 27 December 2006 #
  • keiko, these images are breathtaking! wishing you a great christmas and a bountiful new year to come :)

    Posted by Lil | 28 December 2006 #
  • greeting from Japan!

    Happy Holiday, Keiko san :-)
    your photos are amazing! I am melting down from your beautiful photos!

    It was great to meet you this year. I wish your Happy Holidays 2007!


    Posted by junko | 28 December 2006 #
  • Wonderful photos!!

    Happy new year !!!


    Posted by Francesco | 28 December 2006 #
  • oh, what beauties your e-cards are! so so gorgeous! hope you had a wonderful christmas! all the best to you in the new year! i look forward to visiting your blog in 07.

    Posted by anne | 28 December 2006 #
  • Happy New Year, Dear Keiko!

    Thanks for all the beautiful pictures!


    Posted by Yael, Israel | 29 December 2006 #
  • Hi Keiko, I just wanna say that u take lovely photos. Can u share with us what kind of equipment are u using to take your photos? R u using a D-SLR? Which brand and model?

    Posted by denniswoo | 29 December 2006 #
  • Great photos, especially the one with Maya. Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays! :)

    Posted by Pip | 29 December 2006 #
  • Hi Keikosan, Happy holidays to you too. I had asked a question about one of your creations awhile back. Any chance you’ll answer it?

    Posted by ms | 30 December 2006 #
  • keiko san,

    thank you for lovely cards!

    wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

    Posted by nonshi | 31 December 2006 #
  • Happy New Year to you Keiko. Wishing you the best for this coming year!

    Posted by Bea at La Tartine Gourmande | 31 December 2006 #
  • These are absolutely gorgeous. Have a very happy New Year!

    Posted by Christiane | 1 January 2007 #
  • Hi Keiko – Happy Holidays.
    I love love love your ecards, especially the one zith Maya; she looks SO sweet.

    - fanny

    Posted by fanny | 2 January 2007 #
  • Stunning, as usual! Happy New Year.

    Posted by SD | 2 January 2007 #
  • thanks for your wonderful ecards e for the Menu Hope III.
    Happy new year 2007

    Posted by Francesca | 2 January 2007 #
  • Thanks a ton for putting this feature up on your website!
    Your photos and recipes are a delight to look at! Keep up the great work:-)
    Happy new year to you!


    Posted by Maya | 2 January 2007 #
  • Such beautiful pictures an inspiration for food lovers.Love from sunny South Africa

    Posted by Cristiana Bosini | 3 January 2007 #
  • These cards are exquisite! They are all so lovely but I think my favorite would be the little bulbs growing out of the tea cups…adorable! :) Thanks for always being so generous with your talents…hope your holidays were wonderful!

    btw, I finally tried the porchetta I came across on your blog long time ago…delicious! :)

    Posted by joey | 3 January 2007 #
  • Thank you so much for these new pics! happy nw year! “auguri per il nuovo anno”! ;-)

    Posted by peggy | 3 January 2007 #
  • Happy new year!

    Posted by mariko | 4 January 2007 #
  • Thank you for all your wonderful posts in 2006 and these beautiful greeting cards. I especially love the one with the kitty! :)

    Happy New Year!

    Posted by obachan | 4 January 2007 #
  • Hi Keiko

    What stunning pictures!! I love the one with the fabric roses – they look like the flowery fairy lights that I am so in love with ;-)

    Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and all the best for 2007.

    Posted by Jeanne | 4 January 2007 #
  • Hi Keiko!

    How wonderfull these e-cards. I really love them so much.
    Great that the menu for hope was so succesfull. I will be blogging soon. I had enough it for a long time but i will retry to post some things.

    Lots of greetings

    Posted by Shanna | 4 January 2007 #
  • Keiko, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Love the cards. I like the second and fourth ones a lot. You should print these out and sell them next year.

    Posted by Chubby Hubby | 5 January 2007 #
  • Hi Keiko!
    I’m a huge fan of you blog!Your photos are always wonderful! Thanks for your lovely e-cards,really like them. Would you mind if I ask, how could you take these beautiful photos,I mean where did you learn? Or what books you read?
    I am learning Photograph right now,and your are my favourite Photographer,my Idol,would you please Help me a little bit?^_*
    Wish you best and happy new year!

    your fan

    Posted by Faye | 6 January 2007 #
  • Hi everyone, thanks so much for all your kind wishes – I hope you all have a wonderful 2007!

    Denniswoo – I use a Canon 350D (Rebel XT in the States).

    MS – hope you received my email :)

    Fanny – she is actually HE, I know, he has a girly name…

    Joey – your porchetta looks divine :)

    Faye – I started learning myself when I started this blog, and still have loads to learn! I’m not sure what kind of subjects you mainly take, but for food shots I always try to see how light falls onto the subject – move the camera and play around taking pictures from different angles :) (and always try to use natural light)

    Posted by keiko | 12 January 2007 #
  • Gorgeous images. Can’t wait to try my mom’s garden fresh rhubarb in your custard recipe.

    Posted by Kristi McAuliffe | 15 April 2009 #

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