A while back I was tagged by the lovely Kath of My Funny Little Life to participate in the 7 Links Meme that has been travelling around the blogosphere like wildfire. I have really enjoyed reading others' 7 links and am pleased to have joined the conversation.
I have posted links to seven of my posts using the categories below but I don't have the energy right now to pass it on - though please take up the baton if you are so inclined. You can also read the rules for more information. I laughed at the advice not to overthink it. I have 891 posts to think back through and I initially drew a blank at quite a few categories. But I always have fun with memes and this is no exception.
1. Your most beautiful post:
Hot Cross Buns. This was the hardest of the seven categories. I wanted to avoid just choosing a recent posts that I thought were beautiful (like the one I wrote on 9/11). I wanted to avoid just seeking beautiful photos (like these photos). I wanted to pick something that had stood the test of time.
I considered quite a few before I found one that sang out to me for many reasons. There is something about yeasted baking that delights me with the kneading, soft rising dough and thick crust. Yes, the photos could have been more beautiful (hence a recent hot cross bun photo) but they were good photos to post in the first year of blogging. More importantly, the post has beauty in the way it addresses important issues, describes the feeling of a special day and brings my past to life.
2. Your most popular post
Airplane cake. Another tough choice. I did wonder if this meant most imitated, most commented, most requested by family or most hits. I went for the last one. The airplane cake constantly gets a high volume of hits. Fair enough. It was a good post with fun photos and a good template for making the cake.
3. Your most controversial post
Do I dare to cook with one less pear? I generally avoid controversy on my blog. It is not what I am here for. One issue that I have written about a few times, which is controversial in the food blogging community, is whether to write the recipes in full or not on food blogs. This post addressed that issue (rather than stirred up the issue).
4. Your most helpful post
A Neb at Nut Roast Announcement 2008. One of my passions on this site is nut roasts. This post gives a lot of information on nut roasts and lots of links to nut roast recipes on both my blog and other blogs. I wrote it partly because it was so hard to find information on nut roasts online so I hope it helps others who are interested.
5. A post whose success surprised you
Mars Bar Slice. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. Chocolate, caramel, more chocolate and butter. What's not to love! Yet, I would never have predicted that this would become one of my most popular posts.
6. A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
Hummus. This was another difficult choice. From the beginning of my blog I have been lucky to have people commenting, visiting and making my recipes. I can't complain. So I chose my Hummus post which didn't get the attention it deserved through no one's fault but my own. It was merely my eighth post. A favourite dip deserved better photos, better prose and more attention generally. Maybe one day I will return to give it the attention it deserved. (I couldn't bear to re-post the photos here so the picture is from my pumpkin hummus post.)
7. The post that you are most proud of
Why does food history matter? I spent a long time writing this post. I collected photos, quotes, and links. This post was too important to write quickly. I let it simmer gently over time, checked the taste and added seasonings as required. The final result was a carefully thought out articulation of my feelings about food history, lists of useful information and some of my own food history. If only I had the time and energy to put into every post!