Looking Back on 2009

This year my blog has taken a back seat due to my traveling and various other reasons. I did not have any recipes or posts for three months this year and only one recipe in the month of November.  Looking at these statistics, I wasn’t sure if I should even do a post on retrospective of 2009.  Then again, it is always nice to look back and put things in perspective.  Hence here I am, looking back on 2009.

Looking back, I posted a total of 29 posts this year and none in January, August and September. I started blogging in May of 2008 and I posted a total of 55 posts last year vs 29 this year.

No matter how busy I was, I made it a point to participate in sweet and simple bakes.  So, I was a regular baker at Sweet & Simple Bakes and baked:
Oatmeal & Chocolate Cookies in April
Vanilla Cup Cakes in May
Chocolate Orange Drizzle Loaf Cake in July
St. Clements Drizzle Cake in October
White Chocolate Orange Cookies in November
Snow Flecked Brownies in December
Cranberry Pecan White Chocolate Cookies also in December. I should post this recipe on 2nd January but since I will be away, I will posted it tomorrow itself, before I get away for the long weekend.

Of all the bakes, Cup cakes, Chocolate Orange Drizzle Loaf Cake, White Chocolate Orange Cookies, Snow Flecked Brownies and Cranberry Pecan White Chocolate Cookies were the best. I think I listed pretty much all the bakes…. :) What can I say, I have a sweet tooth! 😛   Although I loved the cup cakes, I had to bake them thrice to get them perfect.

This year I cooked green chard for the first time and loved it. I had no intentions of blogging it but the result was so good that I could not resist. I took the picture of the stir fry with left over Green Chard from previous night’s dinner and blogged about the recipe. Since then, I cooked this stir fry numerous times.

I also prepared Vegetable Dum Biryani for the first time and everyone loved it. Earlier this month, I promised to make some chicken biryani for U’s colleagues and there was one colleague who is a vegetarian. Since I was making biryani, I wanted to make some biryani for him too. I never made vege dum biryani before and followed the chicken biryani recipe. I substituted chicken with vegetables. I cooked a small quantity the day before the Biryani day and it turned out good. Hence I followed the same recipe and made it for U’s vegetarian Colleague. He loved it. I made it again when I had a few vegetarian girl friends over to my place and they loved it as well.

As I was looking back at all the posts I did this year, I noticed that most of the pictures I posted this year were lot better than the ones from previous year. I still use the same old Sony camera and I started using Picasa to water mark and edit my pictures. Most of my pictures look much better than what they used to when I initially started blogging. The only editing I do is crop, straighten and watermark the photos. The best picture this year is the Cranberry Pecan White Chocolate Cookies.

As I say bye bye to 2009 and welcome 2010, I hope to be a regular blogger next year.  I Wish you all a Happy  and  Prosperous New Year!

I am sending this post to Srivalli’s Best of 2009 Event.

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