Hard to believe, but it is the end of the year again. Even the kids are saying how fast this last year has flown by, and I thought it was my job to say things like that. However quickly it passed, I hope that 2015 has been a year of contentment and satisfaction on the food front for you and your household.
There has been a lot of food (and a lot of fun) in our house this year, and to celebrate I made this mosaic image of the year*. If you look closely you can see a lot of tiny pictures of food from the Five Beans Food year.
Looking over the blog for the year, the top 10 highlights from the 2015 year for the Five Beans Food blog would have to include these:
- The official opening post, of course, which includes some of the behind the scenes story about why I started the blog in the first place
- The most popular post, which was a list of ideas to help you host a group of people for a meal
- The basic chocolate and buttercake recipe post, which is the one our household seems to refer to quite a lot
- Another one we use regularly is the Anzac biscuit recipe. Classic.
- The roast sweet potato and adzuki bean cannelloni – this one is a winner and proved to be popular every time I made it
- Since Japanese style food is something we cook regularly, something like okonomiyaki should definitely appear on a highlights list
- Book reviews were a key feature of the blog for the year, and my favourite would have to be the bread book, Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Read my review here.
- This mushroom galette was one of my favourite recipes and an interesting experiment in making something at home similar to a dish we enjoyed while eating out
- An early post which shared a secret family recipe was Dave’s pancakes
- And one more for the list, the green tea and white chocolate energy balls. So yummy.
And for next year? I hope 2016 brings more food and more fun.
I realise this may be a strange thing for a food blogger to say, but I hope we also keep a healthy sense of perspective about the food we are eating or planning to eat. On that front, here’s my paraphrase of some wise words about food: Don’t worry about what you will eat, or the clothes you will wear. There is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothes. Don’t spend too much time thinking about what you will eat or drink; don’t worry about it. Lots of people in the world worry about such things, and God knows you need them too. But get your priorities right, and those other things will follow.**
Happy new year!
* For those of you who are interested, I used Mazaika software to create the mosaic image.
** See Luke 12 for the whole thing
Thanks to our Cherry Blossom #2 for the “2015” drawing