After being tagged for this Seven Links meme by four of my magnificent friends (Camille, Conor, Anna, and The Spy Lady), I decided to finally bite the bullet and start poking back through the archives of my blog. Several hours down the rabbit-hole later, I present to you my Seven Links: Down Memory Lane. Enjoy!
Without doubt, my most popular post is my Raw Vegan Brownies With Icing Of Pure Amazingness. If that’s not a testament to the thrilling power of hyperbole, I don’t know what is. However, I stand by my highfalutin title, because everyone I know who has made or tried this* has reported back to me, in tones of wonder, their delight and amazement at its scrumptious flavour.
* Except for the two people who used rock-hard dried dates instead of fresh Medjool dates in the recipe. Unfortunately, using dried dates instead of fresh is like putting vanilla frosting on your skin instead of sunscreen in summer. It simply doesn’t work, and only ends in pain.
I struggled a bit with this category. On the whole, this blog is (I hope) a reflection of my firm belief that life is one hundred thousand times better (and its brutal moments easier to overcome) when threaded through with glittering laughter. As a result, I’ve never been brave enough to write the handful of posts in my mind that would, perhaps, come under the heading of “controversial”.
My Raw Vegan Carob Biscotti recipe is therefore the only post I can think of as controversial. It divided people for various reasons. Some professed excitement over carob; others covered their eyes in horror. Some embraced the raw vegan element; others argued that biscotti, in meaning “twice-cooked”, was a dastardly misnomer.
When I hit “publish” on Deep Breath Now: Explaining My Recent Life Change, in which I described my decision to give up my PhD after a lifetime of equating my self-worth with my academic success and becoming more, not less, miserable with each consecutive achievement, I had no idea of the outpouring of support that awaited me just around the corner. Comments, texts, and emails arrived in a flurry, conveying heart-felt stories, virtual hugs and, on my part, held-back tears. From people I’d known since high school to people who had never before commented on my blog, I learned that I wasn’t alone in my struggles, and that somehow, magically, by sharing my vulnerabilities, other people realised they weren’t alone either.
That post helped me too, so much.
Oh gosh, I’m not at all skilled in the ways of Making Pretty. In terms of recipes, I’d suggest that my most beautiful dishes have been the Raspberry Granita or my Brigadeiros and Nutella Fudge. The latter because of the sprinkles.
Of my non-food posts, I was chuffed by how many people were touched by Overcoming Obstacles in Life: Because We Can, Always.
The Post Whose Success Surprised Me
Definitely, definitely Today, This. I wrote it when I was feeling faltering, flickering, frail. I didn’t expect many comments at all, yet found that the quote that seared me had an equal impact on many of you.
Oh, and I’m still surprised at how much you enjoy my sporadic fashion posts.
The Post I Feel Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved
This was another difficult category for me, because I still feel complete shock that you darling, fabulous people come here to read my blog on a regular basis. If a post I’ve written doesn’t seem to echo for you, then I just assume I’m being put in my place, not that it deserves more recognition.
So the only real answer I have for this is, perhaps, that no one seems to have tried my Walnut Coconut Cinnamon Butter. And it is rather delicious.
Post That I Am Most Proud Of
And I’m also proud of My Apartment Is Trying To Kill Me because, sometimes, living alone, you simply have to find ways to amuse yourself.