December coffee break – 2018 review
On a scale of ‘of course’ to ‘what a stupid question’ have you eaten and drunk too much in the last few days? Well, it’s Christmas, so it’s totally fine. Right? As I write this, I’m drinking a cup of coffee, eating a(
It’s been a bit of a year, hasn’t it? From the car crash that is global politics (don’t worry, I’m not going there), to a gorgeous summer of food, lots of travel and a fair bit of change.
Let’s forget about the outside world though – this is how the year has looked for me, let me know how it looked for you.
The word I’ve heard the most in 2018 is
Pivot has also appeared in my job – one podcast I listen to regularly is currently talking about ‘the pivot to reality’. Sure, it was about the media and tech worlds, but it’s struck a chord.
There’s been change on the blog. Little pivots, like more portrait-orientation photos as we’re all using our phones more and a move to more seasonal recipes, and bigger ones too. The raspberry
Looking back though, it’s been an awesome year. Here are some of my highlights, popular recipes, favourite things from 2018 and the blogs I’ve most enjoyed reading.
Things to be grateful
for: travel, adventure and friends
I started the year knowing I would be going to Lisbon and a few weddings in the summer. In the end, I accidentally went to Madrid as well on the Lisbon trip, to three gorgeous weddings, a beautiful family birthday trip to Perthshire, to Salt Lake City (for work admittedly, but an adventure is an
The lack of coffee in Utah was a challenge, the custard tarts in Lisbon were amazing and the Hungarian goulash
Plans for 2019 travel? Well, I would be lying if I said there were none. It’ll be three years in January since I took a life break and travelled
My 2018 favourites
- Experience – outside travel, seeing George Ezra live. Oh yes.
- Music – probably George Ezra* again…
- Podcast – Table Manners with Jessie Ware, My Dad Wrote a Porno and Potterless are the big three – go listen to them all!
- Cookbook – The Roasting Tin* – it’s the one I’ve cooked the most from, read the most and splattered stuff all over. I also wrote a review of it.
- Blog – Picking one is impossible. There’s a whole list below!
- Reading – I’m a sucker for a spy thriller and I’ve read or re-read all of Charles Cumming’s books* in the last few months.
- Magazine – I love my Delicious. magazine, but the second half of the year I’ve picked up Condé Nast Traveller a few times and I may be in love.
- Instagram – I’m a bit obsessed with Insta and it’s hard to pick, but probably mostly in love with food and culinary travels of John Gregory-Smith
- Watched – TV – I’ve been hooked on the Bodyguard*, loved Dynasties* and basically every travel programme I can get my eyes on. I also got
in toChef’s Table on Nextflix, it’s well worth a binge.
- Watched – Film – I’m a little boy at heart, so probably Avengers: Infinity War*
Most popular new recipes of 2018
I make a lot of food, and whilst it often takes a while for some recipes to take off on the blog, here are the top 10 from this year’s new recipes:
- Blood orange gin
- Slow cooker pork stew
- Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding
- Apple crumble gin
My favourite recipe from this year that’s not on that list is my grilled pork and peaches.
Looking to 2019
Whatever happens in our world, 2019 will be eventful. It feels like we’re still hurtling to an environmental abyss with Thelma and Louise up front. And – whatever side of the debate you’re on – the one thing we can agree about in British politics, 2018 has been what can best be described as an utter clusterf*ck of an omnishambles. 2019 isn’t currently looking a whole lot better and, on a massively selfish note, if we do leave the EU on the 29th March it will officially be the worst 30th birthday present ever.
There’s going to be a whole lot more going on too, so early in the new year I’ll try put it all together in one place. Yes, there are going to be a few pivots.
What about you? What was your favourite part of the blog in 2018? Your favourite recipe? Your favourite photo? We’re heading fast for the reboot of the new year, so now is a great time to let me know. Either drop me an email or let me know below what you’d like to see on the blog in 2019.
Favourite blogs of 2018
This could be a very long list, but in no particular order, here are my top 10:
- Foodie Quine
- Lavender and Lovage
- Tinned tomatoes
- Don’t Go Bacon My Heart
- Amuse Your Bush
- Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
- Recipes from a Pantry
- Domestic Gothess
- Belleau Kitchen
- Supper in the Suburbs
Got a suggestion for 2019?
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