Around now is the first anniversary of this blog; Wowee, how did that happen??? It’s amazing, a whole year of blogging! And 400 posts!!!! Woohoo!
I can only echo what so many have said before me: I truly had no idea of the world I was entering when I started this blog, it’s been a wonderful revelation, I just wanted to write and to talk about what was happening in my kitchen and the world of cooking that I was enjoying. I had no idea about the support that was out there, or the wonderful people that I would meet and the friendships that I would make – I would love to do a roll call, but I would be paranoid about missing anyone out, so I’ll just say: my superstars, you all know who you are and I love you :) Blogworld has become my world, with wonderful daily communication with so many of you, in so many parts of the world, and I just love it!
And because the blogs that we write are from our hearts, I love that I am communicating with like minded souls and people who just genuinely want to share their passions too; no hidden agendas, no unpleasantness, just joy and sharing. Perfect ;)
My cooking and confidence in the kitchen has gone stratospheric this year, I’ve amazed myself with my own inventiveness and fearlessness in the kitchen, I had no idea it was inside me. Who knew I could make so many dips? Or do so much with cauliflower?? And tahini??? Unleashing it with all of your support has been so much fun and so rewarding. Watching my friends and family enjoy my food have been marvellous and watching my boys get stuck in to the food that I make them every day just makes my heart sing. What more can I possibly ask for??
Looking at the most popular posts of the last year, the top twenty is pretty much made up of my intro, my food story, my foodbod food range, all the tabs across the top of the blog, plus several from my ‘Why we blog..’ series and the following top 5 food posts, so I’m bringing these to this week’s Fiesta Friday (and I am so excited to say that my Marvellous Mezze post from last week has been chosen as a feature this week :) yay!!! First time ever!!!) which is being co hosted this week by the fabulous team of Julianna and Hilda…you’re in good hands!
I hope that these posts either spark good memories for you, or introduce you to some new ideas:
Lebanese inspired roasted chickpeas and potatoes
Cauliflower and chickpea shish taouk
Apricot, almond, cashew, coconut and quinoa bars
Rich and fruity goodness balls
I find it so interesting to see what people have liked reading, I’ve had many favourites too and love being able to look back at them and using my self made ‘recipe book’. I love eating food that nurtures my body and soul every day and sharing it with you all, and receiving your positive feedback. My only wish would be to be able to have lots of you at my dinner table to share it with you in person.
I thank you all for reading anything that I’ve ever posted, be it one post or one hundred, I love you for your interest and thank you for your time.
I’ve gained so much through this blog, I hope you have too and that you continue to do so :) xx