Actually, it's been quite refreshing today to not have to worry about finding the time to cook something new and photograph and write about it. When the food plan for today got de-railed by the weather, it didn't matter that what I'd planned for tea was in jeopardy. Nobody would've cared if I'd not made and blogged about the recipe other than me.
I kept pondering if anyone would care if I skipped a day throughout the last year. I managed not to with some careful planning and creative thinking at times. And I've been touched by the number of tweets and emails I've had from people asking if it's really all over. Although 48,000 page views in just 366 days shows that people are reading the blog, the messages really mean something because it makes me know there are some people out there who actually take the time to read what I write and don't just click a link from Google and then wander off elsewhere when faced by the waffle.
I also spend a lot of time if people are more interested in what I've cooked or what I'm waffling/whining on about on any given day. Today, the husband gave me perfect blog fodder - which I'll save for the next instalment of my blogging voyage. I often get asked about if he minds me writing about him. In truth he does, but he also knows that it's my way of working out my issues with him and laughing at stuff that would otherwise have me down at the doctors looking for narcotics.
|366 days on, still need to work on presentation!|
What surprised me most was yesterday when I said I'd completed the last of the 366 recipes and posts and there was no more blog and he looked me incredulously and said 'what never ever? Aren't you going to at least do one a week or something?' After his comment when I watched Julie and Julia the other day, I was floored that he was happy for me to continue in some way.
Whatever, thank you to everyone who has been with me on this journey. From the tweets of support, to the bloggers who have let me try and blog about their recipes (in no particular order Sadia, Mike, the two Jules', Dan, Rachel, Fi, Cathryn, Paul and Jaim); Dan Lepard for being the nicest cookbook writer ever and for making my day and following me on Twitter; my Twitter 'Family' (Paul, Kate, Dicky and Maria), Sarah-Jane for letting me coerce her into starting Cake Club; Ewan for letting me join the Olympic Food Challenge; my gorgeous cousin Laura who inspired the blog in the first place; Miss A for keeping me in cracked eggs when it's been a baking day; my second-chief cake tester* who was the best mentor ever; and all other those poor souls who've taken one for the blog and had cake foisted on them (it's a tough job, but someone had to do it). There's no way I could've made it without you all.
And the biggest thanks of all to my long-suffering husband. Thank you for betting me that I wouldn't make it - I don't think there's anyone else on this planet that would have made me stick to this challenge so stubbornly as you did. Thank you for attempting to eat some of the 366 recipes. I don't thank you for your non-constructive feedback - saying 'I don't like it because I don't like it' is not particularly helpful! Thank you for putting up with all the washing up - especially when the dishwasher broke right on top of Christmas. Thank you for moving my cookbooks to the most prominent bookshelf in the house at the weekend and for not burning them as promised. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to carry on experimenting and writing - even if it is less frequently than before.
So on to the recipe. Well I enjoyed it just as much as I think I did a year ago when I first tried it. This time I put creme fraiche in it which made it quite rich. I also seemed to have masses of pasta - which wasn't bad because I'd not had a proper lunch today (Vanilla Coconut PowerBars do not a good lunch make) but if I make it again, I'd probably drop the pasta to 60g per head - especially as the husband insists on garlic bread with his. And it definitely needs some green stuff on the side. I couldn't be faffed to buy rocket which I won't use the rest of this week so salvaged the last tiny bit of my dying basil plant to perch on the top for the picture.
Here's the link to the original recipe which I also neglected to post a year ago.
*Miss A was obviously the first!