Just so you know, I haven't disappeared from the surface of the earth. I'm still here and just got back from my trip about 4 days ago. I haven't baked for more than a month now and my hands are itchy to mix some batter, weigh ingredients, fold and whisk, all those baking stuff (except the washing dishes part).
I brought back some fermented cassava from Indonesia (you can google it to see what it is, in case you don't know). I love this stuff, although I can't eat much in one sitting. You could probably get drunk if you eat too much of it :). It produces alcohol as it ferments. After a few days, it got too 'mature' that it's too strong and soft to be eaten plain. I've been dying to make some cake using this stuff, but never had the privilege to do it. I even tried to make my own fermented cassava twice but they're both failed. I was so excited to find lots of fermented cassava while I was in Indonesia (well, of course. it's originated there, duh) and couldn't wait to make something out of it.