I have found the blog pretty tough going at times this year but I am beyond glad that I persevered and I can look back on 2012 with a definite sense of pride in what I've built here. Thanks to the wonders of pinterest/foodgawker, my top two posts for this year were both actually posted in November 2011 (which suggests that maybe I should have upped my game in 2012) but I've been through my stats and dug out what were the 12 most popular posts that I wrote this year...
I always think that it's strange (and almost impossible to predict) which posts are going to be popular. It is, quite clearly, not about having great pictures or saying anything particularly profound. There is probably some kind of magic formula somewhere but I think I'd rather just spend my days cooking what I want to eat and writing about whatever pops into my head than trying to work it out. On that note, I've also put together a list of my favourite 12 posts of the year.
It's funny, so many of these posts remind me of inconsequential moments that would otherwise go undocumented like making plate after plate of buckwheat gnocchi to try and perfect the recipe while watching the first matches of Euro 2012 on a Friday evening. Or the pasta with lemon and parsley and parmesan that I ate on the first hot weekend of the year with the sun streaming into our flat. Or sneaking bites of those hazelnut butter rice crispy treats during a training event at work.
hazelnut butter rice crispy treats // raspberry and olive oil cake // pasta with lemon, parsley and parmesan
With Christmas over, thoughts inevitably turn to the new year. 2012 turned out to be such a mixed bag that I have absolutely no idea what 2013 has in store. There will be good times though, I'm pretty sure of that.
So, happy new year to all of you and I hope that 2013 brings you all that happiness that you could want.