Friday, 18 April 2008
1 Year of Blogging & Thank You's!
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!
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.
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
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
M&M's at Cupcakes, Cocktails and London
Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies
Miri at Room For Dessert
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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