Today is the last day of 2011. As I’m sure many of you would agree, this is somewhat incomprehensible because holy-bucket-wasn’t-it-just-February-last-week? For me, 2011 rocketed by in a heady whirlwind of monumental change, growth, and laughter, and I am grateful for every moment that has helped me create a life and self no longer plagued by waves of greyness and anxiety each morning upon waking. Yes, there have been moments of uncertainty and devastation, but that’s simply part of existing in this world. Moreover, such moments make the shining days even more incandescent.
2011 stands out for me as a year in which I learned how to trust in myself. A year in which many true and lasting friendships blossomed or were strengthened. 2011 saw me become the Queen of [Raw Vegan] Balls, join the Strange Weather Gospel Choir and thereby [re]discover exquisite happiness, laugh until I couldn’t breathe more times than I could count and cry myself into exhaustion less times than all years in recent memory. 2011 was also, of course, another year in which I delighted in writing this blog and experiencing the wonderful moments, comments, and friendships recorded in each post.
I love you all.
My Somewhat-Haphazardly-Chosen Favourite Recipes of 2011
While I may not have joined in the recent Christmas recipes food blogosphere flurry, I shall certainly contribute to the “Best of 2011…” posts that are currently proliferating on the Internet at a gooseneck* speed. At first I thought I’d give you my top ten salad recipes, but that simply caused me to laugh until I wheezed on account of my having posted only one salad recipe in the past 365 days. What can I say? I likes me some sweetness, sweeties.
* Hi Mum! You’re never going to live that one down.
Here are my top picks for 2011’s deliciousness:
Maple Coconut Tahini Granola, aka The Best Granola Yet (Vegan, Gluten-free and Dairy-free)
Raw Brownies with Chocolate Icing of Pure Amazingness (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free and Dairy-free)
Bonus recipe: my Raw Vegan Maple Carob Brownies (pictured at top of post)
Almond Cherry and Dark Chocolate Cake (Gluten-free and Dairy-free)
Chocolate Date Meringue Torte (Gluten-free and Dairy-free)
Didn’t I say I was the Queen of Balls? Some of my most popular raw vegan truffle recipes are my Date Coconut Cashew Energy Treats, Anzac Biscuit Truffles, Lemon Poppyseed Truffles (pictured far above), Mango Date and Sunflower Balls, and Sunflower Chocolate Chip Cookie Protein Bites.
Raw Vegan Carob Pecan Biscotti (Vegan, Gluten-free and Dairy-free)
Cashew, Fig and Molasses Nut Butter (Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free)
Bonus Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Hazelnut Butter, which turns fudge-like in the fridge.
Potage St Germain Split Pea Soup (what? I totally eat vegetables every day; I just don’t generally blog about it. Vegan, Gluten-free and Dairy-free)
Do you know what would be amazing? If I could close out 2011 with a banquet comprising all the recipes I just linked to.Where’s my Fairy Cooking Godmother when I need her?
Happy New Year, darling reader-friends! I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings each and everyone one of us. Elated-face!