Is everyone ready for Christmas??? I hope you had a good year and are looking forward to this holiday break as much as I am. Traffic was quiet here on the blog for the first few months of the year, but the last quarter exceeded all of my expectations (which there were none to begin with). Thank you everyone for sharing, commenting and being so encouraging!
I’m beginning to think that I can go somewhere with this, and seeing myself improve my writing and photography skills is incredibly rewarding. I had a couple of pleasant wins this year, like my Vietnamese Chicken and Green Papaya Salad featuring on The Huffington Post, and theKitchn running an article with my Greek Moussaka (which caused a controversy, as I didn’t use potatoes to make it!) Foodgawker finally abated and started to feature my photos, or rather, my photos stopped sucking and were good enough to be featured. And Pinterest is all the rage currently, with my humble Wonton Soup getting over 5,000 pins in the last two weeks.
I made acquaintances with a few other food bloggers this year, who I’ve been following and swapping/receiving tips with – thanks to Olena from iFoodReal, and Sarah at Strawberry Plum and Lindsay and Bjork at Pinch of Yum. You guys all rock.
And if I learned anything else this year, is that regular blogging is hard work, and you need to be in it for the passion, not for buckets of gold! Finding a new hobby and connecting with people has been a pleasure in itself, and if it grows to financial rewards, great. Nothing is without risk and hard work, but consistence, and persistence pays off. I expect to make about $40 from the blog this month (huge LOL!) But, who knows. Here’s to being our best, and looking forward to next year. Let’s look at the best recipes from 2013:
The winner has to be the galette, all the way. I lost count how many of these we ate this year – spring to fall. It’s a stupid easy recipe that fills the house with that fresh bakery smell. You can load the galettes with any fruit you wish, or make it as a savory one with tomatoes, feta, and herbs. The picture below, is from us trying to get though a glut of fresh plums in BC – just the plums, some brown sugar and the galette crust. Or, check my Fig, Pear and Brie Galette here here and fill it with what you wish.
Italian Meatballs! Okay, I’m cheating a bit. This recipe is from 2011, and was the second post I ever had on the blog. These meatballs were a small hit on Pinterest, and for a good reason – you simply need them in your life.
I remember being on holiday in August and my traffic going crazy all of a sudden, then crashing my site altogether. My Linguine with Ricotta and Tomatoes went viral –
Oh, the Greek Moussaka. Greg’s least favorite vegetable, the eggplant, which he eats anyway if I mince and hide it well enough. It was a very popular entry on Foodgawker early this year:
This picture… It’s for real, no gimmicks. It was incredibly hard to do, and it paid off! Add some Wonton Soup to your life!
Check out these Crepes with Apple and Cinnamon and Ricotta – I almost didn’t feature these at all, because they’re so commonplace in our house and engrained in my brain since childhood. So easy to make and delicious!
This is my Banana Bread, which I invented because I can’t stand the the sickly sweet versions. Why can’t we just have a banana quickbread with a pinch of sugar?
That’s it! I plan a couple of smaller posts before the end of the year, but it will be radio silence for a while 🙂 Thanks again for reading, following, and enjoying!