Saturday, December 28, 2013

Weekend Cooking: Year in review

One thing that I like to do occasionally is look back through posts that I have written,  and that is particularly true of Weekend Cooking posts.  It is kind of funny what you remember posting and what you don't,  or what you think you first posted this year but really it was much longer than that.

I thought that today I would  do a little year in review type post covering a few different categories that I am going to make up as I go along.

Let's start with an easy category and that is most requested recipe!  I kind of feel like I am cheating a little bit by including it in this year's posts because I first shared the recipe last year but this is definitely the recipe that I have been asked for most this year.  Every time I make them and give them to people who haven't tried them before they want to know how to make them. The bonus is that they are really easy to make.  The hardest thing is really zesting the lemons!

Kate Bracks' Lemon Syrup Cakes

The where did that come from category goes to the Food Fight post that was inspired by a music video!

The next category is a two for the price of one deal. Not only is it the post that took me longest to put together, but I think it is also the Weekend Cooking post from this year that I am most proud of.  When I first thought of the idea of comparing the book A Trifle Dead by Livia Day, I thought it was a fun idea but it did take me forever to write that post (although this one might overtake it given that I am having to write it on my tablet!)

One thing I did start doing this year is watching some foreign foodie movies which has been mostly enjoyable.  If I had to pick a favourite sequence it would be the last 20 minutes of Chicken with Plums which was based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.

A couple of stats based shout outs. The most visited Weekend Cooking post was my review of Jamie's 15 Minute Meals and the most commented on post (counting my responses to people) was early on in the year when I posted about Tim Tam Slams.

I haven't been quite as consistent with my participation as I have been normally or as I would like so for the last couple of categories I bring you the best post I have started but not managed to finish yet. That goes to my review of the delightful French movie Romantics Anonymous.  I have started the review,  and watched the movie several times in anticipation of finishing the review.  Maybe I will watch it again in a couple of days to refresh my memory.  It will be fabulous when I write it.

My final category is the recipe that I need to post so I don't lose it,  and that is a recipe for Spanish Style Tuna Bake. There was another recipe that I made a few times that meant to post too but now I can't remember what it was. Better post that tuna recipe soon before I forget that one too.

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. For more information, see the welcome post.


  1. I've copied that lemon cake recipe - sounds so easy! Yum.

  2. I enjoyed your roundup, Marg. Still have not gotten around to those lemon cakes though. Cheers!

    1. I just whipped up another batch tonight! Try them. They are so good!

  3. Ha! I've missed your regular postings but ***totally*** understand that sometimes the blog gods just aren't on your side. Those lemon cakes still call to me! Loved the food fight post. And I still have never done a tin tam slam. Great roundup. Happy new year!!

    1. And I still have not sent any to you! I haven't forgotten though. Happy New Year.

  4. I love your made-up categories, especially the Best Post I've Started But Haven't Finished Yet! I would have a lot of entries in that one if I used the same categories for my own blog. My Weekend Cooking posts have been sporadic, at best, so I never thought of doing a year in review, but it's a great idea!

  5. Fun! That tuna recipe sounds great -- looking forward to it!

    Joy's Book Blog



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