Monday, 17 December 2007

Cerys the Well Done Angel Awards

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

Joanna's Food
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
Dandelion Tart

More Than Burnt Toast
Strawberries and Cream Cheese Tart

Little Foodies
Beef Stifado

Tinned Tomatoes
Spicy Orange Soup


Wendy said...

Thank you! What a wonderful idea! May "borrow" it from you next year if you would permit me. :)
Tell Cerys she really is a wee angel.
Greatly looking forward to another year of your wonderful blog. xx

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

David, thank you so much. This comes on a day when I needed a lift. I don't know any NE men who don't have a huge soft heart so you carry on being an emotional softy - it's great! Look forward to reading your writing for many years to come - be it in blog format or print.

Big hugs for Cerys.

Joanna said...

David THANK YOU ... I'm absolutely with you, my cyber friends are really important to me and my blog - and the recipes, ideas, support I get from them ... well, that's what blogging's all about.

Thanks to you, and to Cerys
Happy holidays

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

David...what a special mention. My heart felt thanks to both you and Chery...what a cutie! Glad she enjoyed the strawberry tart!!! Isn't blogging great!!!!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Thank you David! That was a good Christmas gift!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

David, thank you sooo much!
This is like early Xmas gift to me, thank you!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

David, I join the others in passing on sincere thanks to YOU for your wonderful blog. It is the first thing I read on a daily basis - and then go out at lunchtime to buy the stuff to cook! Every episode of Masterchef starts with 'It's going to change their lives' - for you it really has. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Marie Rayner said...

Lovely award, and well deserving recipients to say the least! I love blogging. Like you, it has brought out the writer in me and the best part has been making ever so many wonderful blogger friends all over the world. I could not live without my blogging life now! It's an integral part of my existence! Sad, I know!

Celia Hart said...

These bloggers recipes are "real" food - I've already cooked Wendy's Venison and Bramble Stew and Cottage Smallholder's Slow Roasted Pork with Plums. All the other's look equally tempting!

Good luck with the book!

David Hall said...

Hey - you all deserve it! I'm just gutted I could not have made it a longer list, I actually feel guilty for not mentioning others!

Wendy, I've told Cerys and she says, 'I know'. Confidence even at 3. And I know she should be a fairy (angels don't cast spells do they?) but she insisted.

Amanda, whatever it is, I hope it all sorts itself out and I'm glad that we can give you a little lift.

Marie, I've just noticed that you already have your book written. Please let me know how you get on with regards to agents and publishers.

Anonymous - who are you?! Thanks for your words and chuffed to bits after what you said, it means a lot to me. Thankyou!

All the best
David x

Hannah said...

Thank you so much! I will post a reply tomorrow using Cerys lovely photo!


Figs, Bay, Wine said...

David, thank you! I really do think we've got a nice little community going - so odd we haven't met considering the inspiration and support I draw from you and some other fellow bloggers. My Cerys the Well Done Angel Award is tremendous, and I'm so pleased/ flattered you thought of me!

Megan said...

Happy early birthday! It truly brings out the writer in us and there are so many friends to make in cyberspace. Just found your blog and will visit regulary. mean while, I'll go check your list!

Rosie said...

What a wonderful thought David!! Sending my best wishes to all and very well done :)

Wishing you and your family David a Happy Christmas & New Year too!

Rosie x

Aimée said...

Wow, I am really honored, David. A sincere thank you to you! It is thrilling to see my little blog on the same list as some of the other fantastic ones.
Glad you are party of the wonderful world of food blogging and I can't wait to see what 2008 holds for Book the Cook!

Charlotte Hume said...

Lovely lovely post - and thank you very much fairy Cerys for your award.
I agree with everything you say about the joy of blogging - it has been a surprise how much fun and friendship I have gained from this.
Thank you for being part of it.
Charlotte Alex and Freddie at The Great Big Veg Challenge

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the honour!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog . Happy Christmas to you all. You certainly have a lovely little lady there . Susan xxxx

AnnaW said...

Dear David and Cerys,

Thanks very much for my Well Done Award. Sorry I have been so slow in getting back to you. I hope that in the meantime you both had a good Christmas, and Cerys I hope you got a few nice things from Santa?

Wishing you all good things in 2008.

Anna X

Nora B. said...

Hi David,
I just realised that yesterday (1st) was your birthday. Happy birthday to you and also your blog.

Cerys looks adorable in her angel outfit.

And best wishes for the new year.


Squishy said...

How adorable are you. Thank you so much for my award. I don't know how I missed this post. You are so sweet. Thank you again. I am blushing.

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