This is my first year of blogging and thus has been my first Christmas and New Year in the blogging world. From what I’ve seen over the festive period it seems to be the done thing to do some kind of round up post, or some new years resolutions etc. Now I’m not really one for resolutions so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and whizz through a quick summary of my year (in food, of course!)
I only started my blog properly in the spring of this year. The idea for the blog was born on my husband and I’s Honeymoon getaway to the Lake District in Sept of 2012, but I really only succeeded in writing 2 posts before having to put it all on hold for a few months due to my General Practice Final Exams. After that was all done and dusted I settled down to blogging for real. I wrote several retrospective posts about some standout meals we had eaten over the preceding couple of years – Purnells and Pollen Street Social, and this set the trend for my blog talking about all things food related, meals out, tried and tested recipes, my own cooking and baking attempts, reviews of foodie events and products and the travels of my husband and I both in and outside of the UK.
These are some of my highlights.
Without doubt the accolade for the best meals out of the year go to Midsummer House in Cambridge, and Adams in Birmingham. Both Michelin starred and simply sublime food. Special mentions also though to some new gems we have found on our travels which are decidedly more accessible and affordable!
The Pickled Piglet in Birmingham opened earlier this year and does some great food, including tapas at good prices. We also discovered Tasca Dali in Warwick, a fantastic little place with really authentic tapas and no menu – you eat whatever the chef is cooking that day! Also, the Rum and Crab Shack in St Ives, which does what it says on the tin. Great rum, great crab (and lots more seafood too!) Unfortunately Cornwall is a little too far for us to go on a regular basis, but if any of you my lovely readers live in Cornwall and haven’t tried it, I would recommend!
Our foodie lives were also revolutionised with street food, which has really taken off in Birmingham. BrumYumYum and Digbeth Dining Club are two gems in the city hosting fab street food from all over the world. We have also tried out the Afternoon Tea at Hotel La Tour, and this has left me hungry for trying more afternoons teas, it’s an old-fashioned thing that is certainly making a comeback and is a perfect setting for a cosy afternoon with your other half or a girly gossip with friends.
Moving on from eating out, in the kitchen I have been trying to get to grips (like the rest of the country) with baking. My favourite creation of the year I think was this Triple Chocolate Loaf Cake. I got a few more baking books for Christmas including Home Sweet Home from the Hummingbird Bakery so I look forward to digging into that!
I also been lucky enough to attend quite a few foodie events. The always fabulous BBC Good Food Show, where I got to meet some lovely celeb chefs including Lawrence Keogh. Look out for my interview with him on the blog sometime next year, and some great festivals of food, the best of which was probably the one in Shrewsbury. Im really looking forward to hunting out more local foodie events and festivals next year.
We took some lovely holidays in2013 including our week in Cornwall over the Summer and my girly trip to Paris and so far in 2014 have a few days planned up in Scotlands’ Capital, Edinburgh, which I’m really looking forward to.
So that was my foodie 2013 in a nutshell, we had lots of fun and new adventures and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings. Thank you so much to all of you that read and follow my blog. Writing it this year has been so much fun for me and It makes it all the better to know that you are enjoying reading it too, and I hope you will continue with me on my food blogging journey next year.
I hope you all have a brilliant New Years Eve tonight and thoroughly enjoy what 2014 has in store for you.
Happy eating 🙂
Lastly a little cheeky plea….my blog is entered into the Uk Blog Awards 2014..would be fantastic if you could pop along and vote for me if you have a few spare seconds. Thank You!