Well crikey, blimey and gosh, it’s only that time of year
again, when I celebrate the anniversary of my very first post: Sal’s Kitchen is
now two whole years old. Of course, the very first thing I must do is say a
great big thank you to you, dear reader, for popping in to see me and leaving
some lovely comments. You’ve visited my blog 12,162 times over the past year,
which equates to an increase of roughly 20% on last year’s traffic (and that’s
all the maths I will be doing for this post).
Amazingly, my recipe for Mars Bar Cookies remains the most
popular post of all time – who knew you were such Mars Bar fiends? The second
most popular post was my Easy-Peasy Homemade Fudge, which is excellent, because
I’m keen to spread the word that this is much, much easier than most people
think it is, and thus increase the amount of homemade fudge in the world (my
own small contribution to global happiness). New entries to the top ten include
my Parsnip & Mozzarella Arancini, which I’m delighted about because it’s
one of my favourite recipes – the combination of sweetness from the vegetables,
creaminess from the cheese and a kick of spiciness is the perfect thing to warm
you up on a cold day.
Unsurprisingly, your favourite page was the Recipes index,
but after that the next most popular was the How To page, which is excellent
news because I’m a firm believer in communicating to as many people as possible
that cooking is really easy (or at least, it can be) and helping them get stuck
in. If there’s anything you’d like to see featured amongst the beautiful basics
on my How To page, do let me know – I’d love to hear from you. I also
introduced a new page this year, Chatterbox, where I occasionally push aside my
plate and ponder food-related issues for a bit instead.
If you’re a fan of my blog, then you’re most likely to be
from the UK or America, but once again, if you’re not from either of those
places then you’ll probably be Russian. Any Russian fans fancy saying hi?
Following closely behind Russia is Australia – somehow it’s very exciting to
think of all my ramblings being perused by lovely people so far away. Hello to
you all and thank you!
You’re most likely to come to my blog via Twitter (hello
lovely Twitter chums) but after that it’s Facebook, which is exciting
considering Sal’s Kitchen hasn’t been on Facebook for that long – if you
haven’t liked my page yet, you can find it here. Increasingly, you might also
find me via Pinterest, which is an absolutely marvellous way to find new recipe
ideas (not all of which are mine) – check it out here.
Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to all the lovely
people who bought my very first recipe ebook, Delicious, and announce that I’ll
be releasing a new book in 2014 which combines my very best budgeting tips and
my favourite easy recipes, with plenty of examples, tips and tricks to help
even the most timid or cash-strapped get started in the kitchen. Watch this