Curly’s Cooking’s Second Year Round-up

Another year of blogging has passed with lots more yummy recipes! I still consider myself to be a novice blogger so to have had over 25,000 views in the past year is pretty amazing to me! I have also had more people commenting on posts which is always nice to speak to people visiting my blog instead of just seeing them as a statistic.

As with last year, I have decided to write a post rounding up some of my favourite recipes from the past year.

Pasteis de Nata

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This isn’t just one of my favourite recipes from the last year, but one of my favourite recipes ever. I absolutely love these little tarts. The rich buttery pastry contains thick, vanilla infused deliciously creamy custard. I would have these for breakfast (or any meal) any day if I could!

Chicken Tinga Tostadas

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A very simple way of describing this recipe is the most delicious fajita filling I have ever had. Now don’t get me wrong, it is not simply a fajita filling, but it is everything I want from a Mexican chicken dish and more. Where the comparison to fajitas comes in is because we rarely serve this recipe as tostadas they aren’t as readily available as normal tortilla wraps (and you can get a lot more Chicken Tinga in a bigger wrap!).

Rainbow Layer Cake 

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This Rainbow Layer Cake is such a fun cake and not as complicated as it looks. If you buy the Wilton cake tins and use good gel colours then this cake is really quite simple but looks amazing.

 

These are just some of my favourite recipes, I’d love to hear if you have any faourites, or even if there are any recipes you would like to see on my blog.

Curly’s Cooking’s 1st Birthday!

Curly’s Cooking is 1 year old!

I can’t believe it was year ago that I posted my first blog post – it has flown by! I started this blog as a way of recording recipes I had found/adapted with the hope that someone might look at it from time to time. If you would have told me that a year into blogging, I would have received over 15,000 views I wouldn’t have believed you. I know compared to other blogs this won’t sound like very many, but I am chuffed!

This blog has turned baking and cooking from a hobby into almost an obsession. I am constantly thinking about what I’m going to make next. I feel uneasy if I haven’t baked something or cooked something interesting in a few days. When I get back from a holiday, one of my first thoughts is what I’m going to make first.

As well as my food skills and knowledge, my photography has improved too. Thanks to help from Greedy Betty and looking at other people’s blogs, I am started to understand what makes a good food photograph more. Don’t get me wrong I still have plenty of room for improvement, but I am going in the right direction!

I’m going to share with you a few of my favourite posts from the past year as well as my most viewed post. It was hard to pick just a few but here they are!

Monkey Bread

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One of my favourite recipes from the last year is Money Bread. It is one of the bakes I took along to Greedy Betty’s photography session. I don’t make it often because it is so big and not the healthiest of recipes, but it is absolutely amazing. I love the pieces that have remained hidden in the middle and are soft and fluffy.

http://www.curlyscooking.co.uk/?p=1042

Pulled Pork

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Over the last couple of years, pork has become my favourite meat. This recipe is a delicious way of cooking pork that gives it a great flavour as well as making it very tender. Although it takes a while to cook, there is very little prep needed for such a great result.

http://www.curlyscooking.co.uk/?p=1137

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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These are my most popular cupcakes which I have made countless times this year. You can’t have carrot cupcakes without cream cheese frosting in my opinion. I definitely recommend everyone to give these a go.

http://www.curlyscooking.co.uk/?p=215

New York Cheesecake 

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My most viewed blog post is for New York Cheesecake. It has had over 4000 views alone which is nearly ten times more than my next post popular post. I took a recipe found on BBC Good Food’s website and worded it in an easier to follow, clearer way. I have received lots of comments thanking me for my version which is always nice.

http://www.curlyscooking.co.uk/?p=1209

I’d love to hear which blog posts have been your favourite, so please leave me a comment.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog over the last year. Bring on year 2!

Curly x