What I like about Seven Links is that it’s a little different from the usual award – it forced me to look at the body of work that I’ve accumulated over the past 5+ years, and to dig up a handful of posts that I might have otherwise forgotten. I won’t lie… I just L-O-V-E tripping down memory lane (in case you couldn’t tell from my predilection for nostalgic posts about my childhood favourites)
Anyway, the Seven Links project goes a little something like this:
1) Blogger is nominated to take part
2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
– Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most proud of
3) Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part
….so without further ado, here are my Seven Links:
Your most beautiful post
I like to think that most of my posts are beautiful, in the same way that a mother thinks that all her children are beautiful and smart and funny. But let’s face it… some of them are more beautiful that others.
For me, the fairest of them all is my Blueberry-Hyssop Ice Cream. I love how the ice cream is a gorgeously photogenic shade of periwinkle, and that the same shade of blue is echoed by the hyssop blossoms in the background and the streak of lavender-blue on the Japanese ceramic bowl (which just happened to be sitting in my dining room hutch, believe it or not). Even the lighting feels cool and blue and serene. It’s one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and I love it to bits.
(Just don’t tell the other posts I said it’s my favourite, k? I don’t want to hurt their feelings.)
Your most popular post
As far as sheer numbers are concerned, my recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread is the winner.
Some kind soul Stumbled it shortly after it was posted, and the pageviews just came came pouring in. It snagged me nearly 30,000 pageviews in less than a month, but most of those visitors didn’t hang around for long… so, in that sense, it was still a bit of a failure.
You see, I think popularity should be more about a post’s ability to engage an audience – it should make people want to leave a comment, share with their friends, or add my blog to their reading list. Even more important, it should make them want to try the recipe for themselves! Based on that criteria, I think my Peanut Butter Noodles are really my most popular post, even though they’ve had only a fraction of the pageviews.
That said, if you’re looking for a darn good recipe for a moist, dense, chocolatey banana bread that never fails, this is the post you should check out. :)
Your most controversial post
I’ve been lucky enough not to have much controversy on my blog.
The closest I’ve come is my Black and Blue Steak Salad, which got a comment from a rather nasty troll whose name I won’t bother to mention. He called me a few choice words for not making the post’s photos public on Flickr. I initially responded, but ultimately decided to erase both the troll’s nasty comment and my snippy response to it.
Hey, I may write about making food, but that doesn’t oblige me to feed the trolls. Controversy over.
Your most helpful post
I think the step-by-step multi-coloured ravioli tutorial I created for Project Food Blog is the winner here.
I’d never done a step-by-step photo post before that challenge came along, because it’s bloody hard to cook and make notes and shoot photos all at the same time without The Boy’s help. That said, that post taught me that a photo sometimes really is worth a thousand words… especially when it comes to more complicated techniques that aren’t always easy to explain with words alone. So I guess it was as helpful to me as it was to my visitors, albeit for completely different reasons.
I really hope this post inspired a few people to get out there and make their own pasta in different colours… it really isn’t as hard as it looks!
(Fun Factoid: We had to re-shoot one of the tutorial photos after the fact, because I realised we’d forgotten to photograph one of the steps the first time ’round. Unfortunately, we’d already used up all the pink beet pasta for the first set of photos, so we had to use green spinach pasta in the retakes. Thank goodness for The Boy and his bad-ass compositing skills, which turned the green pasta pink in post-production… betcha can’t spot the fixed photo!)
A post whose success surprised you
When I shared my recipe for Peanut Butter Noodles, I knew people would like it. I mean, what’s not to love about a delicious dish you can make in minutes with a bunch of cheap pantry ingredients, especially when it’s endlessly flexible of substitutions and vegetarian-friendly to boot?
Still, never in my wildest dreams did I think it would explode the way it did. It’s been nearly two months since it was first posted, but it still accounts for almost 20% of my overall pageviews on any given day.
Oh, and not to brag or anything, but it’s currently on page 5 of Foodgawker’s most favourited posts. EVER. In the history of Foodgawker.
I guess it just goes to show that everyone loves a good Desperation Dinner. :)
A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
One of my earliest posts was a recipe for a killer Earl Grey Creme Brulee. Because I was still learning my way around the whole blogging thing, I didn’t even take any pics of the finished product, so the only picture is a stock photo of a mini kitchen blowtorch (which was what had prompted me to make creme brulee in the first place).
I’ve been meaning to dust off that recipe and do a new post about it, complete with lots of pretty photos. I really should. It’s a great recipe and I really didn’t give it its due the first time around.
The post that you are most proud of
I love the post I wrote for Challenge #6 of Project Food Blog. The challenge was to make a portable meal consisting of an appetizer, main course, dessert and drink, and then to pack up the whole shebang into our official Project Food Blog cooler to take it out on the road.
So I cooked up a Brazilian-style feast, and shared it with my grandmother, who currently lives in a nursing home.
Almost everything I know about cooking I learned from my grandmother (Alton Brown taught me the rest), and she’s behind a lot of my most cherished food memories… so it meant a lot to me to get a chance to turn the tables and make a special meal just for her.
I’ll never forget how excited she was about those little beef pasteis. It’s the small things that count the most. We forget that sometimes.
A big thanks to David at Frenchie and the Yankee, and Natalie at Cook Eat Live Vegetarian for nominating me in their Seven Links posts – they’re both super-talented writers and photographers, and I loved seeing the posts they picked for their challenges.
And now, according to the rules, I now have to pass this challenge on to five more bloggers… so here they are, in no particular order:
Jackie at I Am A Feeder
Russell at Chasing Delicious
Annalise at And Now for Something Completely Delicious
Joy at Joylicious
Jean at Lemons and Anchovies
Have fun, everyone! Can’t wait to see what you decide to dig up for your Seven Links.
(Clock Photo Credit: Eric Kilby. Used under a Creative Commons license.)