Happy New Year! Best Bits 2008.

A very Happy 2009 to you all! I’ve already been recipe planning for the year ahead but before all that, here’s a few of my favourites from 2008.

From top left: Spring quiche - steak with salsa verde (a strong ‘death-row meal’ contender – well, last year anyway..) – fennel and orange salad with raspberry vinegar – wickedly indulgent omelette cake with ricotta, smoked salmon and greensbrussels sprouts with chorizorainbow chard and parmesan tart with carrot and oat crustStilton and pear tart with walnut pastry (which I since discovered is from 2007, oops) – thinly shaved asparagus with cheese and hamwatermelon, feta and olives with poppy seed dressing (I couldn’t get enough of poppy seeds last year) – Earl Grey smoked ducksmoky, sweet and spicy red pepper souprabbit lasagne with sage bechamel (now my ‘signature dish’ and featured on the Channel 4 website!) – beetroot, squash and halloumilavender and honey lambamaretto scallopsstargazy piecrab cucumber rollsPolish cucumber soup.

And some favourite moments….Scotch eggs at the Heston Blumenthal food and sherry pairing – developing a serious taste for Stinking Bishop – eating dried fish with butter and drinking beer in Iceland’s national park (I also loved smoked eel in 2008) – discovering Brew Dog beer and wet garlic and the most amazing buttery olives (and then finding out where we can buy them!) – eating more oysters than ever in 2008 (although I will try to top this in 2009) – winning The Tipped Chilli cook off – discovering I love rosemary in cocktails-  a very unsuccessful but hilarious attempt at growing potatoes on our balcony and finally – 2008 was, without doubt, the year of the cupcake. To top it all off, Food Stories got a little bit of love with an article on the Channel 4 website and my cottage pie got a mention in Simon Majumdar’s ‘school-dinners’ classics article for Word of Mouth. All of this aside however, the best part about food blogging in 2008 was undoubtedly meeting so many other bloggers face to face. Here’s to meeting many more of you in 2009. Cheers!

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15 Responses to “Happy New Year! Best Bits 2008.”

  1. Ginger

    Happy new year Helen!

    Gingers last blog post..New Year’s Eve 2008

  2. Helen Yuet Ling Pang

    Great round-up Helen! Happy New Year and look forward to meeting you this year (next week I think!)

    Helen Yuet Ling Pangs last blog post..Second Helpings 2008

  3. Bellini Valli

    It has been an exciting ride over the past year. It has been so enjoyable following your blog with all its inspiration. I am really looking forward to 2009!!!

    Bellini Vallis last blog post..BLOGGERAID: BECAUSE WE CAN COOK

  4. Y

    Happy 2009 to you, Helen! Looks like it was a very good year for food, for you. Hope 2009 is as good or even better! :)

    Ys last blog post..2009 : To Christie, with love

  5. Lizzie

    Happy New Year! Here’s to a great and food filled ’09.

  6. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen

    Happy New Year, Helen!

  7. aforkfulofspaghetti

    Happy New Year, Helen – more of the same in 2009, please!

    aforkfulofspaghettis last blog post..another year over… and here’s to 2009!

  8. Helen

    Thanks all for the New Year wishes! A very happy and food-filled one to all of you too :)

  9. Mike

    A lot of great dishes in 08 and looking forward to many more in 09! Happy New Year!

  10. Julia

    Happy new year Helen!

    Julias last blog post..A Year in Pictures

  11. nina

    Looking at all photos and food from 2008 I realized just how very talented you are. I cannot wait for the creations of 2009!

    ninas last blog post..A blessed Christmas to everyone!!!

  12. Nicisme

    Happy New Year Helen! Great round up, looking forward to the 2009 postings!

    Nicismes last blog post..Goodbye 2008!

  13. we are never full

    wow, this roundup is making me seriously hungry! happy 2009! looking forward to more stuff this year!

    we are never fulls last blog post..Victory = Fish Soufflé

  14. Jeanne

    Wow – quite a year! I love that stargazy pie…

    All the best for 2009 and we look forward to many more wonderful posts!

    Jeannes last blog post..Cranberry, pistachio & choc chip cookies

  15. Raymond

    I’ve been lurking about so just wanted to let you know I enjoy your blog.

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