My favourites and your favourites of 2008

Israeli Cous Cous

Your No. 6!

One thing I have learned in my time as a food blogger, is that you and I don’t always agree. As hard as I try, things I love don’t impress you, and things that I think are meh, you sometimes think are great.

I don’t intentionally publish meh posts, but I do fall out of love with some of them. I look with a critics eye, and think, that photo? What was I thinking?! I could have done this better if… yadda yadda.

Now, what is that about? Why do you love them so? I love salmon fish cakes, but, top post for 2008? Really?!

Anyway, I forgive you. We don’t always see eye to eye, and in the interest of each of us getting a say, I am going to share my favourites and yours. Let’s start with yours, as you vastly outnumber me, and I don’t want a fight. There’s power in numbers.

  1. Salmon Fish Cakes – I love salmon fish cakes, and clearly you do too. It’s your number 1 recipe for 2008! I can’t help but wish I had better photographs for this post though. I must make these again, and blog again.
  2. Spiced Chickpeas with Spinach – I do like this recipe. It’s spicy and warming, and lovely in this weather, all tucked up in a pita with some yogurt.
  3. Prawn Curry (again) – This is one of my favourite recipes on the blog. Up until the start of 2008, I almost made this weekly. It turns out that you can have too much of a good thing!
  4. Pea & Ham Soup – Not my recipe, but Heston’s, I spotted this on the Times Online. Full of flavour and colour, it was a pleasure to eat.
  5. Roast butternut squash, coconut & chilli soup – You loved this last year, and you still love it this year. I am very happy that you do, as it was one of the early recipes that I blogged nervously.
  6. Israeli Couscous with onion squash, haricot beans & pumpkin seeds – A nice salad for a cold day, spiced and smokey wth paprika.
  7. Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Spinach Curry – This, I love. I made it on a whim one evening, in a friends house. We had a lovely evening, and for that reason, it warms my heart to think of it.
  8. Chicken of the Woods Fritters with Wild Garlic & Walnut Mayo – An experiment, playing with the wild, without getting any scratches. This was very tasty indeed, and I look forward to playing with more wild treasures, that I will hopefully forage for myself this year.
  9. The taste of summer – Israeli cous cous – Israeli cous cous sure is popular! This is a fresh summer twist on the autumnal one above.
  10. Some amateur cheesemaking – homemade paneer – If you can’t bring the horse to water… or whatever the phrase is, an experimentation with goat’s milk, resulting in a lovely fresh paneer. This year, I am planning homemade ricotta.

Well, that’s actually quite a good list, although, I wouldn’t have Salmon Fish Cakes at number one. But, where’s the pork belly? The chorizo? There’s a few in your list that make mine, so I’ll not duplicate. Here are some additions that would make my Top Ten.

  1. Slow Roast Pork Belly with Cider & Lentils – Oh, pork belly. It had to be my favourite thing this year. In sandwiches for lunch, at Le Cafe Anglais, or my version, slowly roasting for four hours in my kitchen. If you want me to do anything, bribe me with pork belly.
  2. Rhubarb Fool – I loved this. Fresh with memories of childhood, sweet and bright pink and luxurious with cream. I am looking forward to when the forced rhubarb will be available, so that I can make this again.
  3. Homemade Pizza – I love homemade pizza, it’s such fun to make. Your flat will be like a sauna, and everyone will be full, but you’ll have a great evening, and you’ll have nicer pizzas than most places on the high street.
  4. Braised Sausages with Potatoes & Puy Lentils – One word. Comfort. Perfect for winter, wrap yourself up warm, make yourself cosy, and tuck into braised sausages with potatoes and puy lentils, washed down with a robust glass of red.
  5. Braised sausages with lentils

  6. Chorizo & Kale Carbonara – Earthy, colourful, and full of flavour, this will ease your January blues.

So, that’s it! And now for 2009. I’ll do my best to make this blog worth reading. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit. I am always delighted when I hear that you’ve tried something and enjoyed it. Keep the commments coming, I love your feedback.

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Written by Niamh
Cooking and travelling, and sharing it all with you.