Sunday, December 30, 2007

And a year rolls by ...

2007 is almost done with! Quite unbelievable how quickly an entire year has gone by. Yoikes! I'm going to have to get used to writing 2008 now, that's the most tiresome part of the new year :)

The end of a year is often mired in nostalgia, soon followed by anticipation. I often spend several moments thinking about the highs and lows that went by. And then I start gleefully anticipating all the things that come with the new year - more snow, snowboarding, anticipation of spring, seasonal fruits and vegetables, suddenly everything starts to seem new and exciting! ... :)

Nupur's Best of 2007 event comes at the perfect time - I'm already in nostalgia and I'm usually thinking about food, so it seems perfectly natural to talk about AtoZ's life so far.

122 days, 58 posts, pretty much every one of them involving a recipe. Cooking has always been a passion, but the more we cooked, the more I wrote, the more we starting thinking about the "right" things. Now we spend hours talking sustainable, polycyclic, more than organic, giving back to the soil and supporting local farmers. We watch where we shop, what we buy, how we cook and what we dispose. Some awareness came from writing about food, a lot more came from reading all those great blogs out there - it is quite amazing how much we learn everyday from fellow bloggers. After all

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
- James Beard

Speaking of a recap, this is a loose list of best picks from AtoZ - only the lentil soup and black bean burgers are old-timers, the rest are all first attempts.


A list of 10 favourites seems too large and too small at the same time :)


Blackened Snapper


Zen and the art of Black bean burgers

This goes to Zorra and Sandra for their Best of 2007 event - the first batch of burgers that I made were pretty good, but it took a few rounds of experimenting before I finally hit the perfect balance. Burger heaven is a great place to be in! :)


Veggie Fajitas


Roasted Vegetables + Spicy Polenta



What next?

We're excited about 2008, about a new look, more recipes and experimenting, growing vegetables and herbs, new cookbooks, travel, eating out, eating in ... everything!

This blog has consumed more time than I expected, it is probably going to take up a lot more time in the coming months, but no complaints here, this is a fabulous journey, we definitely want it to keep going!

We wish you a happy, exciting and tasty 2008 and raise a toast to all the fabulous food that 2007 has brought to us!

Eat, drink and make merry!
And don't forget to take pictures and write about it :)


Anonymous said...

I can only say, your blog is lovely...Here's wishing u and ur dear ones also a wonderful year ahead...May the beauty of this festive season,fill your life with the laughter of loved ones, the warmth of good cheer and all the joy to light up your heart. And hope the dawn of the New Year marks the beginning of a prosperous future!

sunita said...

Lovely collection of recipes there, Kaykat...heres wishing for many more in the coming year :-)

Nupur said...

I can really identify with all you say here: writing a food blog makes me think of so many things that may have entirely passed me by otherwise.
Thanks for this wonderful blog, and for participating :)
Happy New Year!

Namratha said...

Lovely recipes Kay, good to see all what I've missed :) Have a wonderful 2008!

Anonymous said...

A yummy list of recipes. I especially like the Moroccan lentil soup!

Cynthia said...

...suddenly everything starts to seem new and exciting! - this could not have been better put.

Happy new year!

Richa said...

Best Wishes for 2008!


What a feast to eyes! Looks lovely :)
Happy new year to you !

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Kaykat, I'm glad you posted this--looks like an exotic and delicious collection of recipes. I'll definitely be checking back and am looking forward to your vacation-inspired recipes. :-)

Seena said...

Looks sooo lovely!mm, tempting dishes!

TBC said...

Best wishes for a peaceful and joyous 2008!
I tried out your cauliflower-coconut stew a few weeks back...don't know if I stopped by to let u know. Thanks for sharing the recipe.