A year ago I sat in front of my computer and pressed “publish”. A few hours before this my family had dined on the lasagna I made with a ragu sauce and fresh pasta. This recipe was my very first blog post and I was leaving a week later to go on a three week holiday with my husband. We always take our vacations in April and last year we were lucky enough to enjoy spring in Rome, Paris and London. I thought a blog was a great way to update my family about our journeys.
I had originally called my blog “Oh No! Not Another Food Blog!”. With all the scores of blogs out there – I truly felt that there was nothing new or different I could contribute – so might as well admit it and just say well, my blog was just another one of the many. Nothing special… who would even bother to read it?
I had four comments on that first post. They were from my Dad, my sister, my cousin and my aunt. I was thrilled! I slept that night dreaming of the day I would reach 20 comments! If I could get to 20, I knew I’d reached my goal. Funny… but true.
To be honest, looking at the post now, I am filled with a mixture of chagrin and pride. One part of me thinks “Oh my, how could I post such ugly pictures, what was I thinking!” and yet another side reminds me that we all have to start somewhere. I am also amazed how much I have changed in just a year.
Had I been told a year ago that I was going to get myself an SLR camera, drive to Cabramatta or make my own puff pastry I would have scoffed at such looney ideas! Had you told me that I would meet so many new friends, learn new cooking techniques, try recipes I would have never dared attempt before and even make some up myself, I would have denied any of this would actually happen. I must admit, I was secretly hoping I would find myself experiencing all of this but I just couldn’t imagine how it would happen.
And then I met the best bunch of bloggers one night at a restaurant in the City and all of them were so enthusiastic about blogging and food. It was like I found a group of friends that I had been searching a long time for. Then we organized our first “forensic” themed dinner and one thing led to another and a year later here I am.
I’ve made so many new friends, but sadly lost the trust of a really good one. For a time I lost myself in trying to get better at this funny little thing called blogging that I hurt a few people along the way. Believe it or not, the cyberworld is full of politics! But, for the most part, it’s been a wonderful experience.
So 112 posts later, here I am, about to leave for another three week holiday (This time Paris, Madrid and New York and Yes! I will be blogging while I’m there!) and tonight I made lasagna for my family again.
I often ask myself, where to from here? I never have an answer. This year has taught me that no matter what your intentions are at the start of every journey, you can’t really map out what’s going to happen. For the most part, you just enjoy the ride… and hope you don’t get lost too many times.
So I’ll leave you with a recipe Recipe for this gorgeous seafood lasagna. It was inspired from Jane Lawson’s Cocina Nueva. The original recipe is for a Basque Crab Ravioli but I’ve changed the recipe around a bit.
And If you’re interested, here are a few of what I consider my best posts. To be honest, I like them not because of the recipes nor the food. They’re just stories, of me, my husband, family and friends. If you’re bored – have a read… or not… it’s up to you.
Closure – and a recipe for Raspberry Macarons
The Great Australian Sausage Roll – and a story about my Australian Citizenship
The World’ Most Expensive Chocolate Mousse – and why it cost so much to make it
The Affair – and a recipe for Mexican/Cuban Style Corn
When Things Aren’t What They Seem – and a recipe for Smoked Ocean Trout with Squid Ink Pasta
Blueberry and Vanilla Mousse Tart – and the generous person who shared time to teach me
Eggplant Ravioli and Second Chances – and why I have my lovely second Labrador today
Tuna Nicoise on Choux Pastry – and a story on lost friendships
The Sushi Party! – and a great day with two lovely kids
Vanilla Mousse with Fresh Raspberries – and my ghost of Christmas past
Santa Choux Pastry – and the end of my innocence
Learning from Mum and Teaching Mum – and a recipe for The Blog Monster’s Cannelloni
The Blog Monster’s Sombrero Pie – here the Blog Monster goes crazy and cooks up a storm
The Blog Monster Strike Again – and in this episode she makes Mango Jubilee
Family Gems – and a lovely recipe for Pate de Fruit
Cooking Lessons – my first cooking class and an easy recipe for scrambled eggs
Forgiveness – an attempt to make amends
Chicken Empanada from the Kulinarya Club – The cooking club I started with Kath and Trish to celebrate Philippine cuisine