Every year around this time I share with you my top ten most popular recipe posts from the past 12 months. They may be old recipes, they may not even be my own recipes ( Jamie Oliver sneaks in twice) but they are the ones that continues to drive traffic every day and I like to collect them into one tidy post to end the year.
I’ve been a little quiet lately, I’ve neglected the blog a bit. Sometimes it can be hard to creative when your mind isn’t really in it. I am not a fan of forced writing so if I am not around that is usually why. The words don’t flow as freely and I don’t enjoy it. BUT these periods are few and far between thankfully and generally you just can’t shut me up. I have lots planned for the blog next year. I am not putting pressure on myself to write 5 posts a week or be on social media constantly promoting the blog but I am looking to take it up a notch. I have been writing the blog for not far off six years now. That is a big chunk of my life and it has seen me through some difficult times, I’ve made lifelong friends because of it and some of the opportunities I have had ( getting to cuddle a Direwolf and dress like a Game Of Thrones characters being just two of them ) are incredible to think about. I have eaten at world class restaurants and stayed at some fabulous hotels and I have written posts I am proud of, that I know have helped others. I am thinking of ways I can harness the power of the social following the blog has into ways I can help people or a charity, this is all just ideas floating in my muddled brain right now but eventually I’d like to do that … to do something. Because we can all do something, a little thing and eventually they can become big things.
Anyway no more of my rambling, you are here for the recipes after all. These are the top ten posts in terms of traffic over the last year, they aren’t necessarily my favourites but they are the ones people find most often or return to a lot.
This is a recipe I turn to time and time again. I have made it at least 4-5 times a year since I first made it some 10 years ago.
This recipe came about because of a need for comfort food, a need for the kind of pudding my mum would make me on a cold Sunday afternoon. It is stodge but the very best kind of stooge – if you know you know.
This post has been shared online so many times and people seem to love it. It really is just a simple collection of ideas for people like me who don’t have any portion control. Bolognese nachos may be one of my favourite comfort dishes.
Ah if you are yet to try this I really REALLY urge you to. It is the most fantastic hot chocolate recipe I have ever come across.
This was one of those meals that you expect to be just ok that wowed me. The chicken was so incredibly crispy yet moist and I’ve made it so many times since creating it last January.
I never used to like bread and butter pudding as a child. It was soggy bread.. who likes that? Well me now. And lots of you guys. Using a fruit loaf, pannetonne or hot cross buns adds an amazing amount of flavour.
I loved writing this post as finally mastering Fondant Potatoes was so much fun. They are the most delicious potato dish ( aside from perhaps Dauphinoise which are my fave ) and yes a few steps are required to get them just right but it’s easily achieved with a little time and patience.
Yep another syrup pudding but this time created just for the slow cooker. Because as I like to say a lot, slow cookers are not just for curries and stews.
A collection of recipes such as bread, cakes and other dishes you may not have known you could have made in a slow cooker.
A really simple slow cooker chutney, perfect for making in large batches and giving as gifts.