Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Look Back at 2013...

As 2014 inches ever closer, I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at 2013 and what's been happening with the blog over the last twelve months. Remember any of this? 

Argentina


asado, buenos aires 

Obviously we took the family to Argentina in March, to visit family and friends, many of whom I met for the first time (it only took us 10 years!). I ate garrapiƱadas at the stadium while watching San Lorenzo play, enjoyed a few asados and totally fell in love with facturas (I was already in love with dulce de leche to be fair, before I set off). I came back and blogged my trip, and a few Argentina-inspired recipes, as well as doing a talk with my husband to local primary school children and gave them all alfajores to try. I'd love to go back - I miss everyone so much (and of course the facturas, too...)

Studying
astronomy notes

Something away from the blog really, but still a big thing for 2013. I discovered MOOCs - online courses from universities all over the world, that are totally free to join. I took a course in Astronomy - something I'd always been curious about - and learned about black holes, cosmic background radiation and radio telescopes. I've enrolled in courses about Shakespeare for 2014 and also photography (so hopefully I'll be able to get my photographs looking more sumptuous for you all this year). 

Diets and Health

chicken veg and ginger paleo soup aip

It seems that over the last twelve months I tried - and blogged about - almost every lifestyle diet choice there is. I went on an elimination diet using Gwyneth Paltrow's book, then went vegetarian and then decided to go vegan before settling for a diet that most closely resembles the paleo diet: meat, veggies and fish. It wasn't initially to lose weight - I just didn't feel healthy and settled in myself so looked for a diet (less of a diet in its temporary sense than a lifestyle choice though) that made me feel strong and healthy. I still cheat, of course - the odd slice of pizza or chocolate biscuit creeps in - I do feel much better though.  Hurray!

Moved House
A week and a half before Christmas, we moved house (you thought it was quiet on the blog, didn't you?). This is good, because although we loved our flat, it now means I have slightly more room in the kitchen and also a garden, so expect some serious barbecue action this summer. 

Writing
I'm so glad to be able to write for all of you - on comfort food science, my favourite recipes or sharing what I'm cooking that day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I've written for Yahoo! this year again, too. I love to write, and it has put me in touch with some truly talented people. Writing in 2013 was pretty epic. 

Thank you for coming back to look at the blog and what I'm posting, and for all your continued support on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I love to hear from all of you and it means so much to me to see your likes, comments and tweets over the year. Please all keep in touch and here's to a happy, abundant and healthy 2014. *clinks glass*

What were your highlights of 2013? What are you looking forward to eating and drinking over the coming year? 

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2 comments:

  1. I'm intrigued by MOOCs, would like to know more!

    I did a farewell to 2013 post, and once again, realised I'd done way more in 2013 than I'd realised!!!

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    1. Great, Kavey - there are loads of courses offered by universities all over the world, brilliant for hobbies or also for work :) Just about to pop over to your 2013 post!

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