Happy 2016! I hope you had a fun celebration of the New Year. I suspect it’s unlikely to have been as subdued as ours with two young kids (with one who wakes regularly, and unpredictably, needing fed) and no local family to call on. We did all go out earlier on for dinner and I doubt I’d cope with a big night anyway at the moment, thanks to said sleep pattern and a cold brewing, so while I feel prematurely old it was fine. Plus it’s a new year so no room for grumbling. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’ve made over 160 posts this year which feels like quite a lot! Looking back, as new year tends to make you do, I have many favorites and some of them overlap with the most popular posts of the year as well. I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of those that were most popular with you and they feel a pretty good reflection of the range I posted. Although I didn’t feel I posted all that many cookies yet clearly a lot of people like them! Interestingly, there’s only limited overlap with my top instagram posts, but then I only got myself on there late in the year – do join me if you’re on there, I plan to use it a bit more in 2016! Anyway without further ado, here were your top 10 posts of 2015, in reverse order:
At 10 were these pistachio oatmeal cookies, a perfect addition to any Christmas cookie plate but also with that taste of the Middle East they’d be great any time. And, they are incredibly easy and relatively healthy.
At 9 were these lemon almond cupcakes. These were definitely a personal favorite as well – it must be one of the first times I ate multiple cupcakes in a row (true, they are small, but even still) they were so delicious. A lovely lemon flavor and gluten free to boot.
At 8 was Jamaican jerk chicken, one of the things that became a fairly regular feature on our grill over the summer (although chicken satay, which didn’t make the top 10, was one we had even more – we all loved that peanuty sauce!). Jerk chicken has such great flavors and a nice bit of spice to it, it’s definitely one to try if you didn’t already.
At 7 were maple turkey burgers with cheddar, bacon and apple. These were an idea that kind of evolved randomly into something great and it seems you agreed. While we made these towards the end of the summer, we managed to make them a few times, we liked them that much, and we’ll definitely have them again.
At 6 was German potato pancakes, a staple of many a beergarden over Oktoberfest and a great snack or side.
At 5 were these spiced Vermont maple cookies, the first cookie I made after quite a gap and ones we all instantly liked. Plus, they are pretty healthy, gluten free and vegan so lots of people can enjoy the tasty maple and spice flavors.
At 4 was this carrot, sweet potato and mushroom soup, a wonderfully comforting, filling and tasty soup that’s also really easy to make. Somehow I’ve not made it this winter yet – it’s on the list to make again soon.
At 3 was Spanish chickpeas and spinach, a classic and delicious tapas dish. After I posted romesco sauce, I had a few posts down memory lane of my time in Spain (more is coming soon!), including this flavorful tapas that’s also pretty healthy.
At 2 was beefed-up shakshuka, definitely a favorite of ours as well. It’s one that often comes on the list of things we have while people are staying or just if we want a tasty brunch, it’s so incredibly delicious.
And the top post of the year was these carrot ravioli with broccoli ricotta filling. I am still trying to decide if this is a surprise or not, but these were definitely delicious and pretty unique. Given they are not the quickest to make and with our new addition I haven’t managed to make them in a while but hopefully sometime soon, they were delicious!
So there we are – did your favorites make the list? Any surprises, things you missed that you’d like to try? And what about 2016 – anything you’d like to see? Whatever the answer, I hope you’ll join me as I cook away and share more ideas – I already have some I’m looking forward to sharing!