Happy New Year!
Thank you for supporting my blog through 2015. I appreciate you all and really love when you take the time to visit and comment. Working from home and writing away in solitude can be a lonely affair so knowing you’re there is not only encouraging but allows me to feel I’m writing to friends – and I know I am!
It was an interesting year at Hotly Spiced with that typical mix of highs and lows, both on the home front and on the blog. And in this, ‘The Year That Was’, post, I’m not separating what happened on the home front from my blog because as you are aware, the two are intrinsically linked.
I’m always curious about which posts you find most interesting and so breaking the posts into categories of international travel, local travel, recipes and home front situs, here’s what you helped make my most popular posts for 2015.
My two most popular international travel posts were:
Bambu Restaurant in Seminyak in Bali. And well deserved too; this restaurant with tables set within pools of water not only has an enviable setting but outstanding service and an excellent menu of Indonesian cuisine.
The next most popular travel post was my review of the business class experience on Garuda Airlines. Flying with the Indonesian airline was impressive from start to finish.
Travelling locally, my most popular post was our stay at The Overseer’s Cottage at Mayfield Vineyard in Orange. Tragically this mini-vacation went pear-shaped and I think the owner’s email to me stating perhaps I didn’t have enough charm to be on the premises is the most curious comment I have ever heard from anyone in the hospitality industry.
On the opposite end of the spectrum for mini-vacation experiences was our stay at the Fitzroy Inn in Mittagong. There we met celebrity chef Geoff Jansz who runs the Inn’s restaurant, Farm Table. Geoff is so warm, friendly, humble and accommodating, he even offered to carry our bags up to our room.
My two most popular food posts were…
Lemon and Almond Basbousa Cake which is a cake I made from fellow blogger, Ally’s newly released cookbook.
My next most popular recipe for the year was Sausage Rolls with Homemade Sauce that I made for Arabella’s 21st birthday party. Looking at the number of views, it seems few can resist a homemade sausage roll!
On the home front my most popular post was the passing of our precious Ruby. I’m still overwhelmed by all your lovely messages of condolences; they meant so much to me and everyone here at Hotly Spiced.
Sticking with the tragedy theme, my next most popular post on the home front was Miss Arabella being taken to hospital in an ambulance after nearly severing her leg. The love and concern you all had for my daughter that went on for the next 10 months buoyed all our spirits.
I would also like to thank the following bloggers for being my Top 5 commenters during 2015. And I consider you to be not just ‘bloggers’ but very dear friends as well and I’m fortunate to have met a few of you, not just on-line, but also in person. You are outstanding bloggers and I admire you all.
Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella
Audrey from Minnesota Prairie Roots
Debra from Breathe Lighter
Maureen from Orgasmic Chef
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
A big thank you to all my readers for helping make 2015 a very special year for me and Hotly Spiced. I look forward to sharing more experiences with you through the coming year.