We don't tend to make a big thing of New Year at CB HQ, not in the way I used to anyway. I remember seeing in the year 2000 at a fancy dress party in a 300-year old pub near Saffron Walden in Essex, dressed as a Geisha. I stumbled in, shoeless, probably with my mascara running, at 5am, craving bacon, eggs and baked beans. I was 23.
Now, New Year is much more cosy. Instead of going out we have a big feast at home and snuggle up on the sofa all together. We'll play games, watch films and chat about what we want to happen in the next 12 months. My daughters usually flake out at about 10pm leaving me and my husband (or just me and the dog, if he's working) to salute the end of the year together. I always cry a bit. New Year is emotional, you know. Or maybe it's just me.
So what was 2015 like for you? For me it was incredible. I high-fived myself in November this year when the last patch of psoriasis cleared up on my face. I could now wear eyeshadow for the first time ever. I shaved my hair off for charity and raised almost £400. I published my children's book, Tom George and the Time Machine on Kindle, and a print version is in the works as I type. Am I going to write a sequel? Most definitely. Tom and Grandad have a lot more adventures to be getting on with, yet.
I also started writing for Primal Eye magazine and continued to write once a week for Yahoo! Style. I've developed some recipes for Well Hung Meat Co, for their new healthy and clean meat box - and I'm proud to have worked with Farmer's Choice, developing recipes using their free-range meat, game and fish.
And then there was the The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle, with my AIP Snacks and Quick Lunches ebook as one of the downloads included. I guest posted on The Paleo Mom website with this killer King Prawn Indian-style curry. I've made so many new friends this year and taken inspiration from the other incredible bloggers in the AIP community, too.
And recipes. There were a LOT of new recipes added to the blog this year. So which ones did you like the best?
I thought it would be fun to do a round up of the most clicked-on recipes this year. The rundown includes older recipes from the blog, so it's the most popular recipes from 2015, regardless of when they were posted. So here they are.
Your favourites from the blog in 2015.
Happy New Year.
May it be totally awesome for every one of you. *blows kiss*
Top 10 Comfort Bites Recipes of 2015
I can't blame you. Because these AIP pancakes are epic. Get the recipe here.
Coconut Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream
Fresh strawberries, creamy coconut milk, heady vanilla. All kinds of yes. Get the recipe here.
Thai Inspired Turkey Meatball Curry
Because you can still enjoy a fragrant citrussy curry if you're on AIP.
White Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake
This was written back in the day when I used to eat lasagne for breakfast, but never mind that. This cheesecake was inspired by a trip to Wagamama when I ate a huge slice of white chocolate and ginger cheesecake and wanted to make it at home. It's pretty good. But I don't make it now because me and cheese just ain't friends any more. But you guys loved it, it seems.
5 Argentine Salads
I went to Argentina in 2013 and then couldn't stop telling you all about it. I ate the best food there, including these salads, with asado. So good.
Blueberry Cream Cups
Dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar... these blueberry cream cups are a doddle to make and pretty tasty. Love them.
Pulled Pork Zoodles
Replacing starch with more veg is a good thing - and although the idea of veggie 'noodles' has been ridiculed by food writers in the general press because it doesn't taste like pasta (no, really?) stir-frying spiralised courgettes and carrots is actually nutritious and pretty damn tasty. Get the recipe here.
Proper Fish and Chip Shop Pea Fritters
This is comfort food from my childhood. And although it's not healthy in the least, it was on my list of things I wanted to learn how to make, to tick them off my list. Pea fritters have a special place in my heart, when a boy I'd fancied for ages turned the corner of the street to see me shoving an oversized, crispy bright-green pea fritter into my face outside the chippy when I was 16. The shame. We stayed friends of course. To be honest, I don't remember now what he looked like. But I remember that the pea fritter was good.
Raw Chai Tea Cake with Salted Caramel Chai Drizzle
All healthy things. No dairy, no gluten. It's vegan, too. And it tastes gorgeous. This raw chai tea cake was one of my favourites of the whole year.
Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries
Still one of my favourites. Love these shoestring sweet potato fries, fried until crispy with some salmon or cod. Or chicken. Or fried egg. Anything, actually. They go with pretty much anything.
What were your favourite foodie moments of 2015? What would you like to see in 2016? Tell me in the comments below, or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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