Blog Birthday post!

Happy Blog Birthday to me!  My blog is two years old today, which I understand means that it’s probably going to start saying “No!” a lot, and will also get very fussy about food.  (To be fair, we’re halfway there already, really…)

A few things changed around here in the last year.  The biggest change was shifting my blog host from WordPress to Hostpapa.  I’m rather wishing I hadn’t, actually.  I was offline for nearly a week during the move, and then had to spend two more weeks fixing links – and somewhere along the way, I lost a large proportion of my readers.  Rather distressing.  Also, apparently their memory restrictions do not allow me to run a list of my most viewed pages for the last year, so I can’t tell you what those are.  Grr.  If anyone has any recommendations for blog hosts, I’d love to hear from them…

(I can tell you, however, that once again my nostalgic review of the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book was the unquestioned victor in the hits department.  This is clear even from looking at the few months of stats that I can see…)


That was the lowlight, but there were definitely highlights, too.  I made allergy-friendly wedding cakes for my friends Rhiannon and Reed, which were really some of the tastiest and prettiest cakes I’ve ever done, and I even succeeded in making miniature croquembouches for the occasion without burning all my fingers.  Or even very many of them!


I met up with fellow food bloggers for the first time at a picnic and a Chinese New Year party, which was wonderful – it’s always lovely to make new friends, especially ones who really understand that food must be photographed before it can be eaten (and then analysed down to the last molecule thereafter)!  I’ve also been enjoying the glimpse into other food bloggers’ kitchens over the last month – another way to make friends, and definitely something I will make a habit of in future.


I started a monthly Vegetarian Cooking Challenge, and am getting some lovely recipes to play with, and again, meeting fascinating new imaginary people.  (OK, I know that my online friends aren’t really imaginary…)  I’ve really been enjoying that.


And in between all this, I indexed my entire recipe collection on this blog by dietary requirement, culled a lot of cookbooks and then bought more, cleaned my pantry, wrote 72 new recipes, made several kilos of confectionery, baked for numerous work fundraisers, bought a pressure-cooker / slow cooker which has become my new kitchen best friend, visited farmers’ markets in Flemington, Abbotsford and Coburg, and spent more hours than any sane person should arranging vegetables into pretty patterns and describing the migratory habits of potatoes.

Zucchini flowers.  Being beautiful.

Oh, and occasionally I did things like go to work, pass a singing exam, and hang out with friends who I actually know outside the internet.  Even more occasionally, I slept.  But not much and not often.

Since I can’t see what your favourite recipes were this year, here are six of mine:

1. Chocolate Truffle Tart (vegan, gluten-free, mostly raw, and very nearly good for you)


2. Carrot cake with the lot (full of everything your heart could desire, unless your heart desires nuts)


3. Rosewater, raspberry and pistachio cupcakes (vegan, gluten-free, and full of love.  And muppets.)

It's kind of cute, though...

4. Eggplant with tomato and yoghurt (vegetarian, gluten-, egg- and nut-free, and possibly my favourite summer food)

5. Golden snake bread (vegan, nut-free, and spectacular to behold and to taste)


6. Vegan pasta primavera (creamy, tangy, fresh, and full of happy, happy carbs…)


Here’s to another year of joyous market visits, decadent recipes, and hopefully a little bit more sleep!


One year ago today…

Blog birthday!

Two years ago today…

The tyranny of the blank page
Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Ice-cream
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9 comments for “Blog Birthday post!

  1. filkferengi
    May 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Joyeux bloguiversaire!


    • Catherine
      May 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Merci beaucoup!

  2. May 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Congratulations on 2 years! I’m sorry to hear the challenges with changing hosting (it scares me even more about the prospect of self hosting) but love your list of favourite recipes, not least because if you had my statistics I’m sure they’d be my favourites too.

    • Catherine
      May 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you! I kept trying to make equal numbers of sweets and savouries, but given where my recipe-making tendencies lie, that was never going to work…

  3. May 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Happy blog birthday! I am quietly chuffed that not only I was able to sample two of your favourite recipes, but that I also got to meet your lovely self! May your next blogging year be filled with many market visits, delicious cakes, exciting restaurant visits and happy friends continuing to be wowed by your food 😀

    • Catherine
      May 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Thank you so much, Hayley! I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet you, and I hope we can brunch again soon!



  4. May 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    happy blog anniversary catherine – can’t believe it is two years – they have flown by! Love your top six though of course you have sent me off looking at all sorts of lovely food and posts and I almost forgot to come back to comment! Re blog stats – I use google analytics for long term stats – was quite easy to set up but only works from the day you set it up – which may be the problem with your current service. look forward to your fussy eating and tantrums 🙂

    • Catherine
      May 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I have Google analytics, but haven’t yet figured out how to make it spit out stats for which pages are popular!

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