As you all know, Christmas does tend to be a time of reflection. And I've been doing a lot of that lately. It has been an amazing year in more ways that one. But I don't need to bore you with the details.
One of the most important decisions I made personally was to start a Blog on my 37th birthday, 1st January 2007. What Blogging has done for me has drawn out the writer within, something that I used to talk a lot about but never get around to doing. Since tapping away on New year's Day, I have somehow managed to write over 150 articles and recipes, and I'm proud as punch of each and every one of them. It has spurred me on to follow a little dream of becoming a writer and I'm finally achieving that. Next year, the book beckons. As Human League once sang, these are things that dreams are made of.
More importantly have been the various characters I have met in food blogger cyberspace. Amazing, intelligent and informative people from London via Barbados and over to Australia. It has made the world a smaller place. Without you all, it would have been a lonely place of tapping into the void. I would like to think that we all support each other without even meeting each other, which has to be an amazing thing. I'm an emotional softy, but I do think it is important to recognise each other and celebrate and champion fellow passionate bloggers. The people I speak to on a daily basis are all smashing folk and I'm a happy lad to know you all in some way.
So for that reason, I've decided to mention a few of you and bestow upon you a smacker from Cerys the Well Done Angel for coming up with some superb recipes. I could have written a huge list of all the recipes I have loved reading about and actually trying out but it would have been the longest and dullest post in history. So in no particular order, here are the recipes I have singled out as the ones that have had me drooling the most, inspiring me somewhat and generally making me happy to know that there are people out there who are as genuinely passionate about food as I am.
This world of food and blogging can sometimes get a bit mesmerising; there are so many to look at and so many opinions. So I would like to think this is like a mini food Oscars but held in my home with me and Cerys the Well Done Angel who has been my chief taste tester all year. So Merry Christmas to you all, have a sloppy kiss from me and Cerys if you so desire (feel free to copy and post the angel on your Blog!), and to the people I have not mentioned, heres to a fantastic 2008 of food blogging! xxx
Baking For Britain
Welsh Harvest Cake
Hannah's Country Kitchen
Wild Mushroom Roast Chicken
Coffee and Vanilla
Roasted Chicken in Smoked Paprika Gravy
Figs, Olives, Wine
Cardamon Plum Torta
Slow Roasted Pork with Plums
Under The High Chair
Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding with Rummy Raisins
A Wee Bit Of Cooking
Venison and Bramble Stew
The Boy Done Food
Squash and Chorizo Parcels
Asian Style Roast Beef
Tastes Like Home
Pepper Pot and Garlic Pork
Great Big Vegetable Challenge
More Than Burnt Toast
Strawberries and Cream Cheese Tart
Spicy Orange Soup
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