We are asked to share posts from our own blog, giving a link to one post for each of 7 categories. Then we nominate 5 more bloggers to do the same. The categories are ~your most beautiful post, ~your most popular post, ~your most controversial post, ~your most helpful post, ~a post whose success surprised you, ~a post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved, and finally, the post that you are most proud of.
My blog is quite specialised, really only looking at the products of my baking sessions, and I haven't got so many followers that I get a lot of comments about most of my posts, so it was quite difficult to decide which posts to use in each category. In the end, the only way which worked for me was to choose the posts on the basis of the product in them, and relate why I thought they fitted that particular category.
My Most Beautiful Post - Chocolate Ripple Pound Cake
My Most Popular Post - Sticky Toffee Pudding
This was chosen as one of my posts with the largest amount of comments, not counting my replies to other peoples' comments! What's not to like about sticky toffee pudding - even people who don't like dates will usually eat this pudding, and I've never known it to be turned down! This version has a touch of black treacle in the recipe, to cut down the sickliness which comes from something being too sweet!
My Most Controversial Post - Phanouropita
My Most Helpful Post - Apple Tart 'Maman Blanc'
The Post Whose Success Surprised Me - Chocolate Brownies made with Mayonnaise.
A Post Which Deserves More Attention - Rhubarb, Almond and Orange Cake
The Post I'm Most Proud Of - Hazelnut Meringue Roulade
We Should Cocoa Challenge has persuaded me to test my limitations on occasion - using ingredients I wouldn't usually cook with, or techniques I'm not familiar with. The challenge for last May was to make a roulade using some form of chocolate as one of the ingredients. This coincided with needing to make lunch for a friend whose diet is gluten- and dairy-free, so I decided to make a meringue roulade. This was a real challenge, as I haven't tackled either meringue or a roulade for many, many years. It wouldn't surprise me if my last roulade was a Swiss roll in school cookery lessons! As an added bonus in the challenge stakes, I made a chocolate mousse with olive oil, for the roulade filling, to keep the dessert dairy-free. After successful baking the meringue, and rolling it up, I was really proud of the result.
So, those are my 7 links! I'd like to nominate these 5 blogs to take part in this project, if they are interested:
- Cake, Crumbs and Cooking
- Kates Cakes and Bakes
- Belleau Kitchen
- Cookbooks Galore