This added a wry smile to my face this morning and almost made me chuckle audibly with glee. When I first realised that I’d been nominated for my first star I was heavenly surprised (apologies :), and certainly didn’t expect any more. Well, Jona of The Tarnished Spoon (Musings of a former picky kid discovering food in its numerous forms) has done it again. Thank you so much! I’m especially pleased with this as I love to read posts from people who are discovering how wonderful and creative it can be to be able to cook. And, if Jona’s posts are anything to go by the guy is not only chomping at the proverbial bit but can certainly create a meal to remember.
For my nominations this time I’m going with two groups where, within the first, I’m re nominating the five blogs (with links only) that I nominated for the first star and going with others that I haven’t nominated before. Before I do that, is anyone surprised with their WordPress Annual Report? I’m not really surprised with my top 5, as in most viewed posts. No 1 is my very first post on here. I think that’s partly to do with pins on Pinterest. So far all I’ve managed to be able to do is re-pin that recipe unto my board as Pinterest just won’t work on Google Chrome. I’ll have to open it using Firefox and IE to check if it’ll work on them. Anyway, enough of me blabbering on!
Here are my nominations for both groups (alphabetically within each) with rules about the award below:
Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul
Carmen is a fairly recent find through Flickr, so I can’t say a lot here. Especially as I’ve just realised that Carmen has a savoury blog as well. Shall have to check that out as I’m usually more keen on savoury over baking. Although, I’m being very inspired through particular posts on WP to do with the latter, including Carmen’s blog.
Chef Doru’s Blog COOKING WITH PASSION FOR FUN!
Really enjoying Chef Doru’s posts as they quite often take me out of my European roots, so to speak. I adore International foods yet, I very seldom tip my toe outside of the Med within my own posts. Will have to venture further.
cuminseeds~ food & colour
Based in a city I lived in for several decades cuminseeds always seems to take me back there. And I always love cuminseeds photographic collage within each post, which is the inspiration for the recipe, I think it’s fair to say.
Thoroughly enjoying each post as they’re so well written. And informative, too. As yet Lasesana is only published within non-fiction, according to info within About. Well, I’d be pleased and surprised if I was published at all. Go for it, Lasesana!
My Home Food That’s Amore Good food to put you in the mood
As I’ve only been following this blog for three weeks I’m just going to say that I know a dedicated cook when I meet them. Well, as I read their posts. So far I’m more than impressed. And can’t wait to read my way through archives.
Of Pots and Pens A hungry writer explores the kitchen
Rebecca and I have one thing in common, we don’t do much baking. It’s not that I’m inept when it comes to desserts and cakes, I just don’t bother baking for one. That’s my excuse. At least Rebecca has attempted to bake bread with yeast. I’ve never bothered. Here’s hoping, as Rebecca has suggested trying my previous food post on mac & cheese that it won’t end up within her kitchen catastrophes post for the end of 2013!
The Berlin Lunchbox
Even though they don’t post very often I’m always impressed when they do. It’s not just to do with recipes that they develop. Their blog includes aspects of their incredible city that is Berlin, and of their travels. Well worth having a read as their English is of a high standard.
Vina’sdeliciousrecipes ! food
Venna’s blog is another gem in proffering delicious authentic Indian recipes, something I cherish. Especially as I used to work p/t Front of House for a very talented chef, Claire who specialised in authentic Keralan cuisine. And, no I’m not going to differentiate between chef and chef-ette! Unfortunately, Claire was upstairs in her concession kitchen so I never got to see behind the scenes. In other words, the culinary techniques Claire used. Right now it’s as if I’m peeking in and relishing the fact that I might start to learn about Indian cooking, at last! Even if it’s only peeping over Venna’s shoulder, so to speak.
vinicooksveg~ Amazing & fun………Indian cooking!!
As I’ve suggested already I do love food from around the world. I just can’t cook it very well. So, here’s my chance of learning about one of the world’s finest, Indian cuisine. I’ve also written in previous posts that most people in the UK, regardless of their love for Indian food, have never tasted authentic Indian food. Pleased to say that trend is changing, slowly. At last, with following Vinita I just might manage a decent curry! I’m hoping so.
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 (http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/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 – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/