Hello dear friends. Thanks to all of you who have emailed me to ask where on earth I am these days and why so quiet. Thanks as well to those of you reading anyway, despite my prolonged absence(s) this year.
I made some dietary changes towards the end of this year that meant I had to spend a lot of mental energy thinking about food. So much so, that I wasn’t really baking or cooking new dishes. Instead I was just focusing hard on what I could (and couldn’t) eat. All that mental energy didn’t leave me with much desire to create new things here.
I’ve been baking a lot of cookies over the holidays (Nigella’s Christmas Chocolate biscuits and these Ottolenghi Cranberry and White Chocolate biscuits to be precise) and it’s been a lovely reminder of how much I enjoy baking. I’ve missed it, actually.
I’m a nostalgic soul and love to reminiscence, especially at the end of the year when there’s so much to look forward to but also a lot of good stuff to remember fondly. Here are the 12 most popular recipes from this site in 2012:
12. Meyer Lemon Cake
11. No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream
10. Savoury Cheddar-Chive Waffles
9. Meyer Lemon Curd
8. Earl Grey Chocolate Cake
7. Buckwheat Pancakes
6. Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad
5. Salted Chocolate Nutella Cookies
4. Warm Spiced Breakfast Quinoa
3. Victoria Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd
2. Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam
1. Steak and Ale Pie
For whatever reason you got here, I’m glad you came and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about or making some of these recipes this year. Cheers to a wonderful year ahead!