Welcome to Five Beans Food for 2017. I hope it’s a year full of food, family and friends, and of using what we have to love and serve others.
A new year, a new look!
You may have noticed something different about my profile image. Yes, I have come out from behind the frypan!
I’ll try and update my photos each year so you know what I really look like now, and not what I may have looked like 5 years ago.
Big thanks to my Cherry Blossoms for their help with the photos!
Reflections on the last year
By far the most popular post was this one here about making onigiri (simple Japanese style rice balls), which are the perfect lunchbox filler and a great alternative for those “sandwiches are boring” kind of days.
The stats tell me that the top 5 Five Beans Food posts for 2016 were:
- The onigiri post I just mentioned;
- Our story of living with a food allergy;
- Tips for taking someone a meal;
- My ideas on how to cook Japanese food when you are not Japanese; and
- My grandmother’s scone recipe.
Quite a range of interests there!
Actually, most of the reflections I would have normally made to start the year have already been done in this post I wrote in September on the first anniversary of the blog. You can read it and the 10 life lessons I learned from blogging at this link here.
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Keep it real, keep it in perspective
Don’t forget, all those beautiful photos of food you see on the internet rarely look quite as good in ordinary life! Keep it real this year and enjoy the food you serve your household every day, without worrying if the dish is Instagram worthy. And not every meal needs a photo – I try and keep the camera off the table and only take the photos I know I will use on the blog and social media.
2017 opened for us with another sobering reminder to keep things in perspective. So, by all means we enjoy our food, cooking and other interests. At the same time, I’d like to keep on taking it all with a healthy grain of salt. On that note, I’ll leave you with the same paraphrased words of wisdom I published this time last year:
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.
All the best for the year ahead!