Blog of the Year 2012

This came out of the blue!

Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnail

The nomination came from: fashion, food and flirts. And I really can’t thank them enough for this. I’m absolutely thrilled with it (as well as all of the other awards proffered throughout the year). The fact that I’m accepting it might just surprise some of you. Well, to accept this I don’t have to give random facts about myself (phew, I can hear some of you sighing with relief!). Besides, I really wanted to nominate others before Christmas as some of you will be travelling to stay with Family. As so many blogs kept springing to mind (to nominate) I’ve gone a route that I hope is fair. I’ve chosen the nominees below purely as their posts stimulated me into either trying a new direction, combination of flavours or ingredients and culinary techniques – all of which I would never have thought to do or to use. Thanks to all of you for those particular posts, and for your wonderful blogs!

Here are some rules that will help you understand how this award works:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award ( and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times! ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

Here, at last, are my nominations (alphabetically):

Dinner for (n)one
Kiki sort of challenged me to developing a recipe for avocado fritters. Still haven’t made them, so this award is the exception. I’m still up for the challenge which is why I’m nominating. Even though I just can’t imagine what they’re going to taste like! Still, sometimes being nudged (especially out of your comfort zone) can work in your f(l)avour. Roll on the New Year!

Fig & Quince
This post on Maloos Zardaloo – Charming Apricot really grabbed my attention. I would never have thought of pan-frying firm apricots. Yet, this was incredibly delicious!

For the Love of Feeding
Villy changed my direction with a recipe for Simple Lentil Soup, in that I’d never thought to cook them with tomatoes. Every time, when cooking Puy lentils, I’d always gone the – alphabetically! – British and French route of cooking them. Not any more!

Picture Real Food
As I’ve only recently started to stuff differing vegetables (for roasting) I was keen on using a technique that I would never have thought to use within this Bacon and Basil Stuffed Eggplant (on a Bed of Caramelized Zucchini) post. Worked really well for me first time! An eggplant, btw, is an aubergine – for anyone that’s not familiar with the name.

Uni Homemaker
Anne’s post Spaghetti Sauce stimulated me into developing a relatively simple recipe for tomato sauce (to use with pasta), partly as I’d hoped to use up leftover Italian spicy salami (my idea, not Anne’s). The sauce was great, just not with the salami. Anyway, I’ve cooked it several times since and I’m thrilled that I now have a go to recipe which I can cook – on auto! Without the salami. OK, enough about the salami already!

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  1. Wow – this sounds like the mother of all awards! A big fat CONGRATS for receiving this well deserved award, and a big fat THANK YOU for nominating my blog! I’m also still up for the avocado fritter challenge, so I’m looking forward to the next year of blogging.

    • Thrilled to hear that – or am I?!? Only joshing. I’m sure to really, really love ‘em. At least more than I cared for celeriac! Hopefully…

      I’m thrilled with this award, like the others. And even more thrilled to share it with all five of you! At least this time none of you have had to put up with my ridiculous random facts, teeheehee. :)

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  4. Congrats Johnny! I’m so happy for you! Completely well deserved. And thank you for nominating Uni Homemaker. I’m thrilled and honored you even thought of my blog. :)

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