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.
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.)
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…
Two years ago today…The tyranny of the blank page Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Ice-cream