Best of 2014

2014 is over.  It was a pretty banging year for this blog.  I only have you guys to thank for that.  I owe you a cuppa, or a hug. This was t...

2014 is over.  It was a pretty banging year for this blog.  I only have you guys to thank for that.  I owe you a cuppa, or a hug. This was the year of tea, good times and some serious talk of food, blogging and cake.


Yes.  Cake.  Lots & lots of cake.  And tea... so much tea.  



It was a pretty banging year.  I got hitched, wrote some posts, reviewed some stuff and finally met some of the awesome bloggers I've been talking to this year.  I made scones with a Great British Bake Off winner (okay, I watched them make scones and then made a basic attempt to do the same) and spent all my money doing up our little house.


It was the year of home made birthday cakes:



The year I over-shared pictures of my dog:


I could go on and on, but instead below are 12 of my favourite shared images from this blogging year:



So a good year, all in all,but let's get to the good stuff, what were the most popular posts?



I added up the data, and to celebrate the end of 2014, I give you - the 14 most popular posts of 2014.
[Limited only to ones written in 2014, and not competitions, cause that would be borrring]

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Adult Green Tea & Lime Slushies



 Adult Green tea & lime slushies
So what's with this one?  Well, I caved and bought one from a coffee shop and the damn thing was so sugary, sour and artificial that it burned my tongue and made me feel a bit sick.

The flavours were such a good concept though that I decided to nick it and try and make a version of it myself.  For adults.  (aka, put it in a cocktail glass and pretend you actually know what you're doing)

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

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[13]

Utterly Badass Cajun Salad Topping


 Utterly Badass Cajun salad topping
To top off a mental few days of email replying, this week has been manic.  I'm not one to sit here and list it all for my bragging pleasure, (READ IT.  READ MY THINGS) but it's been a strange one.  Between the bipolar weather here in the UK (One day I was in my summer clothes, basking in the sunshine, two days later I was in 4 layers and a heavy duty raincoat) and the distinctly "meh" feeling that's been circulating through my friends, family and work colleagues, it's been a bit pants.  You heard me!  It's been a bit pants!

Which is UK slang for 'a bit of a crap week really.'

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Watching TV the other day, Husband and I were laughing at how ridiculous most adverts are on TV.  People riding dancing elephants to sell car insurance?  A woman doing an Irish jig with a greyhound to advertise a gambling site?

What a load of bollocks.

You wouldn't have that in the 'old days'  would you?

You mean the days where they would sell insurance and syrup with pictures of baby arses?

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[11]

50 things that happen when you learn how to cook


When I started to learn how to cook a few years back, my life was utterly changed.  Suddenly I found myself squeezing vegetables in supermarkets, and knowing how to prepare things from scratch.  It wasn't until I made friends that shared my love of cooking that I realised we are all an odd bunch and we do a lot of weird things....


Here's a list of 50 that I could think of...

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[10]

Awesome vegan snack bites



This last few weeks has been pretty busy.  How busy?  So busy that I've been doing pilates at my desk to try and save time at home.  Cause that's how I roll (or roll up, YEAH PILATES!)



You know when you get so stressed you short fuse?  All those connections that make you think rationally and help you make informed decisions just short circuit and blow out.  You're left with a blank screen, and any attempts to reboot make you feel agitated and grumpy.  Or worse, feeling sorry for yourself.  Not a cool place to be.

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[9]



Let's get this out of the way.  It's getting colder, and we're all preparing for the onslaught of pumpkin spice, stews and soups, knitting projects and the countdown to Christmas.  You might think this blog would be different, but you'd be wrong.  I am going to wax lyrical about my love of the colder weather too.

-ahem-

I like crunchy leaves and big scarves.  Roaring fires are cool too.  Yay for weather as long as it's not raining.

Nailed it.

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[8]

Blindfolded tea tasting with teapigs



I don't know if you've picked up on this, but I love tea.  I try to drop subtle hints, here and there, to share my passion for a good brew, but sometimes, I know these things can just fly over peoples heads. -wink-


The people at teapigs sent me a little box of tea samples to try, and I decided that the best way to try all 12 of the teas they sent me, was to do a blindfolded taste test with these fellow tea lovers and annoyingly photogenic bastards...

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[7]




Years of gigging and hours in the studio meant that I had pretty much lived off vending machine food and takeaways, and I had no intention of changing that.

So whilst all my friends tottered off to uni, I sat at home on my arse and became zombese.


For those who don't know what that word I just made up means, it means I literally just shuffled from my day-to-day activities, whilst moaning, with no motivation, until food showed up.  I was a zombie, but I definitely wasn't wasting away.

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[6]

Banoffe slab cake


So what does being a newlywed feel like?

Exactly the same as before, but with more food.

After opening up wedding cards and watching notes and cheques flutter to the floor, I felt serious urge to thank people.  Like, I think Kris and I even broke into song for someone (the fact that we were enjoying a glass of wine at the time means nothing) and in my family when you want to thank someone, you do it one of two ways.

1. With food
2.With more food.

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[5]



Naturally I told them where to shove their advice politely declined their offer and went on my merry way.  They are, of course, completely entitled to their own opinion.

Except I don't want lots of advertisers, a demographic or a spit-shined blog.  I like it just the way it is.

In my experience, the world of blogging is run by sheer luck and enjoying what you do.  I've read some blogs with only 3 followers and thought it was a millions times better than some of the ones that have thousands.  Followers = nothing in the way of if your blog is good or not.

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[4]




I say I am a food blogger.  What do you think?  Do you picture sunny days, where in a disney-esque fashion I roll out of bed, into a pretty cath kidston apron and set about in my perfect kitchen, possibly cleaned by squirrels and other woodland creatures?  Am I surrounded by reclaimed wood, a camera set up and perfect pottery?  Do I snap a few pictures of a dish I just pulled out of my ass magic hat, eating my dinner out of a mason jar and farting out a cookbook in the process?
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When I first opened up this soup maker, I looked it up and down and thought "You beautiful beast, I am going to make hot chocolate babies with you." 

And so I did.  Beautiful, fattening buttery rum babies.  It is Christmas after all.

If you're like me, then you aren't a fan of the powdery, chalky hot chocolates from a packet, but you are in love with the creamy, frothy homemade versions, made with real chocolate and topped with a nice bit of whipped cream.




[2]

The food photography blunders

[Part one]  [Part two]  [Part three]





don't think you have to have amazing pictures to have a great blog, and I certainly don't think you have to have it all figured out, sure it helps, but it would be silly to suggest I've always had my SLR camera (or that I've known how to use it) and that I've always had my photoshop.

I haven't and I'm not ashamed, not one bit.  In fact, here are a few of my favourite "bad food photography blunders" that prove I always had style.

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PART TWO >>
PART THREE >>



[1]


As a food blogger, I rarely, if ever, come across the words "I'm watching my weight".  Despite all the pictures of cakes and ice cream, all the food bloggers I've met are healthy, lovely women and men, who enjoy food, even the naughty stuff, but balance it out with a pretty healthy lifestyle.  A lot of them are active, and pursue running, (that seems to be the big thing, running) or go to the gym.  Most of the foodie instagrams I follow regularly have pictures of yoga on the beach (Jealous? Moi?), going for amazing looking walks or of them completing marathons.

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Here's to 2015.  The year I aim to travel, bombard you with more gifs of monkeys and maybe a few recipes too.

Is there anything you'd like to see on the blog this year?  Let me know in the comments, if you fancy.


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10 Comments

  1. oh my god, some of this had me in tears of laughter. The Shittata is amazing as are the crapjacks. Very funny Emma. I look forward to 2015. What did you base your stats on? visits per post? comments or hits? x

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  2. I am really impressed with those homemade birthday cakes. You rock, Emma. It has been a fantastic and fun year and I look forward to more of your beautiful creations in 2015!
    Happy Weekend!
    Angie

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  3. A fab post as always and so pleased to see our festive afternoon tea piccy up there! Here's to more blogger meet ups in 2015!

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  4. 2014 was a KICK ASS year for you!! LOOOOOOVED connecting with you! I fucking love everything you do! XOXO!

    Thanks for helping me laugh and smile a little more and was so awesome to meet a completely likeminded blogger!

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  5. You can't go wrong with cake and tea! Those buttered rum hot chocolates look delicious so I'm going to check them out. Happy 2015!

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  6. I freaking love your blog! Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2015 :)

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  7. Looks like a great tea and cake filled year! :) Off now to read some of your 'best posts' :) xx

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  8. Your blog is AWESOME - I am toasting you to another fabulous 2015 full of tea :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Happy New Year what an awesome 2014 you had and I am sure 2015 will rock for you. Can't wait to see what you come up with over the next 12 months :D

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  10. A summary of top posts - fab idea! Borrowing that one for my blogs 1st birthday - thanks :) Your posts never fail to make me smile. Have a great 2015 x

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