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Friday, 18 April 2008

1 Year of Blogging & Thank You's!

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One year on and I'm still blogging!

My 14 year old son just told me that he was amazed I could spend a whole year blogging about 'food', but then, he is one of those poor souls who just eats to live.

I've learned a lot about food, photography and people. Tried new dishes, posted some old favourites, joined many blogging events and made some new friends. If you are reading this - thank you, and even though I do it for myself - it's nice to know you are there!

I'd also like to say a big thanks to all who tagged me and gave me blog awards - I did do a couple of memes at the beginning, but I'm not really a 'me me' person, and there's loads of stuff about me on here without boring you with any more!

As it's my special 1 year blogiversary, I will mention this award that I recently received. It came from LyB, who writes at the fabulous And then I do the dishes, and from Julie at the good old fashioned Noshtalgia. It was an E for 'Excellence' award - for this little blog!! Thank you both!

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I'm supposed to pass this on to other deserving blogs, which is hard because all the food blogs I read are excellent. Here are the few I've chosen.

Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef - a young English chef, training in Barcelona at a top restaurant. He's funny, writes with honesty and dabbles in molecular gastronomy, which I find really interesting. I'm betting he's going to go along way in the food industry.

Graeme from Blood Sugar - another young chap who is studying photography, and WOW! he can sure take a mean chilli photograph. Seriously, a photographer who is a foodie has to be a recipe for success.

Alfie at Cabbage Roses and Cupcakes - she only started blogging this year, but her photos are beautiful and recipes so tempting. I know this is a blog that will become a firm favourite among food bloggers.

Manju from Three Tastes - a blogger from one of the most beautiful, breathtaking places in the world, Hawaii. She cooks dishes I can only dream about, at least I can drool over the photos! She also generously gifted me with Reiki healing, thank you Manju.

Miri from Room for Dessert - more fabulous photos and loads of sumptuous sweet treats, and her husband's not bad either!

Chuck over at The Knead for Bread - baking has never been so exciting! I know where to go to get a quick fix of yeast, bread porn, and you'll even find step by step instructions and recipe cards there.

Sylvie at A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit - yet another photographer, food blogging in her spare time, with always interesting colourful dishes and stories. I know you got one of these recently Sylvie, but another won't do any harm!

Zorra at Kochtopf - such a great organizer of many blog events, she works hard to join up foodies from all over the world.

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Now, I don't want this to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, (but it is my party and I can say what I want) so before I go, I just want so say another thanks for all the comments that people have taken the time to post, I read every one.

Below are some links to a few of the recipes that other bloggers have made from here or linked to here. Please let me know if you posted one that I didn't see, so I can add it.

Espresso-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
mj at Bake, Bake, Bake

Boursin, Tomato and Cucumber Nibbles
Melissa at Melissa's Magic in the Kitchen

Lemon Curd Cookies
Jen at Beantown Baker

Roasted Tomatoes with Basil
Steph at A whisk and a Spoon

Figs with Balsamic, Mascarpone and Pine Nuts
Jeanne at Cook Sister

Easy Fruit Tarts
Rachel at Elephantine

Chocolate Caramel Nuggets
Jules at Domestic Goddess in Training
Pam at The Backyard Pizzeria
Deborah at Taste & Tell
Hot Potato

Sun-Dried Tomato, Parmesan & Basil Whirls

CIA - Cooking in an Apron
Cynthia at Tastes Like Home

Gordon Ramsay's Chocolate Mousse

Antonia at Food, Glorious Food

Cappuccino Muffins
M&M's at Cupcakes, Cocktails and London

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

Miri at Room For Dessert

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And yes, we did get a couple of inches of snow the other week, not enough to run out and make maple taffy, but here's the proof!


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Susan @ SGCC said...

Congrats on your 1st anniversary! Food blogging is very hard work, so this is quite an accomplishment. You have a lovely site. The recipes are great and your photos are beautiful. It is always a nice place to visit! :)

Nic said...

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy - oh that's high praise indeed, I'm blushing now, lol! Thank you!
I must also say thanks Susan for the 'Printable Recipe' doo-dah, which I unashamedly stole from you, and I can say they have been clicked on many times!

Alfie said...

Congratulations Nic! - a whole year, and many more to come I hope - I always love reading your blog. Don't stop feeding us those wonderful recipes and pics. Thank you too for the E award - I'm so delighted I'm grinning from ear to ear :o)

Sylvie said...

Happy 1st Blogging Birthday, Nic!
Just promise me you'll keep it going, because I love reading what you share. Thanks for the award, I'm honoured. You've made my day!

Pixie said...

Happy 1st bday- your blog is always a pleasure to visit!

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary! It's crazy how time flies isn't it? I remember reading your blog in the early days and it doesn't seem that long ago. Here's to another year of happy blogging. Cheers!

Jan said...

Congratulations Nic!!! Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to dear Cherrapeno!!! May it grow bigger, and stronger and better! Though it's pretty big, strong and great already! ;)

LyB said...

Happy 1st Year Blogging Anniversary, or whatever it's supposed to be called! :) I look forward to every one of your posts Nic, and I hope you'll always find food interesting enough to keep telling us about your finds! Love those photos, snow on flowers, wow!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Well Nic, heres to another year of hreat recipes and bloomin friendships...congratulations on all your awards and well deserved:D

Trig said...

Thank you, I'm very flattered by your kind comments. Happy blogversary to you. I remember my first and now I'm heading rapidly towards the second. It's amazing how time flies when you blog and enjoy it as you so obviously do.

Cynthia said...

Congratulations Nic! You have done some outstanding work on your blog and I look forward to many more years of it.

Keep on inspiring us with your works of art.

Angela said...

Hi Nic, Happy 1st Year for Blogging. I am sure you will find many more things to write about. I have lurked for a while, but have surfaced to thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.

Rosie said...

Hi Nic, congratulations on your 1st anniversary of blogging! I really enjoy reading all of your posts and you certainly are inspiring to all foodies out here!!

Also many congratulations on all your awards :D

Rosie x

Maria♥ said...

Hi and Congratulations on your 1st anniversary of blogging ;o)


zorra said...

Happy bloganiversary and thank you for the award! You know, I love your blog!

Abitofafoodie said...

Happy Birthday to Cherrapeno! What a year of wonderful recipes - hree is to the next year of inspiring goodies. I always enjoy visiting! Doesn't time fly though? I'm coming up for a year too!

Sylvia said...

Congratulations for your first year. I complete one year too next month

steph- whisk/spoon said...

a very happy blog birthday to you and cherrapeno!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Cherrapeno!! I don't know about you but, this year has just flown by. I wish you great success with your wonderful blog for year 2 Nicisme!

Nic said...

Thank you everyone!!!
You have all made my day with your lovely comments.

Nic said...

Angela - thanks for posting, it's lovely to see you here!

Ginny said...

Happy Birthday! Those are some really beautiful photos! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary!

Maggie said...

Always a pleasure to visit your site Nicisme. Keep on bringing us your beautiful creations and photography.
Happy 1st Blogging Anniversary! Mx

M'nMs said...

Happy Blog anniversary :) Wonderful blog, keep going!
I think am losing it coz I thought I already posted a comment but guess not. Anyway, love the pics, the recipes and the writing! Thx.

Kalyn Denny said...

Congratulations on the one year anniversary, and many more to come I hope.

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Patricia Scarpin said...

I can't believe I almost missed this post!
Congratulations, dear Nic! Here's to many more delicious posts from a talented cook like you.

browniegirl said...

HAPPY BELATED BLOG BIRTHDAY Nicisme, what a wonderful post. Your chocolate cheesecake beckons me........and those pix of April snow are just stunning!!! Well done on a superb blog, I enjoy visiting - I love your printable recipe thingie BTW :) - and I wish you every success for many more foodie years!! Hugs, Colleen in SA

Nic said...

Thank you Ginny, Ann and Margaret!

M & M's, thanks so much and, ha ha - I'm always doing that too!

Kalyn, aforkfulofspaghetti and Patricia - thank you all!

CollyWolly - thank you for your lovely words!
I borrowed a cheesecake book from my mum and this one came from it, but it wasn't that wonderful so I didn't bother posting the recipe.
Glad you like that printable recipe thingy, I must say that I like it too. Please let me know if you try any of the recipes - but only if they turn out ok! (Just kidding!)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Woo-hoo! Looking forward to year two.

Anonymous said...

Nic my dear, happy first blogversary!! I really love your blog and everything that you share in it, I also LOVE your mouth watering photos that make me wanna recreate at home whatever I see here :) Many thanks for the award, it's a great honour to receive this from you!

Jeanne said...

Hey - congrats! And what a lovely idea to mention the people who have made your recipes :) Those figs were truly inspirational and I'm so glad summer is on its way (allegedly!!) so I can have them again.

It's been lovely reading your blog over the past year and drooling over your beautiful photos. Wishing you many more years!

Nic said...

Susan - thank you and so am I!

Miri - thank you, and you deserve that award!

Jeanne - thanks so much for all your support.
I am really looking forward to more figs too!!

Mansi said...

congrats on your anniversary, and raising toast to a whole new year of food! your blog is great, and please keep it running for us!:)