Top 10 posts from year one

Happy birthday to me!

happy birthday to me!

Image courtesy of Ed Sanders, via Wikimedia Commons

A Very Foodly Diary is one year old today. Can you believe it? Something like 99% of new blogs die within 6 months [I read that stat just after I started this blog and haven’t been able to re-find it on the international network], so I feel like this is a great achievement.

Thank you to everyone who has visited, commented and used my recipes during this time — and a special thank you to my lovely subscribers! I appreciate each one of you and am very serious when I say that I could not have done it without you.

I am a huge fan of turning birthday celebrations into ‘festivals’ (ie. holding festivities over multiple days). For example, every year I hold ‘The Festival of Hannah’ to mark my birthday, and The Festival of Hannah continues for at least a week. So I thought I would celebrate this achievement in a similar way — with a trickle of mini celebrations.

Firstly, the immediate celebration: I have compiled a list of the 10 most popular posts from Year 1:

  1. 10 things you can do with ganache;
  2. Eating out in Sydney: Pendolino, Golden Harbour, Café Sydney & Nhat Tan;
  3. The third way I like to eat Nutella;
  4. A Very Friendly Christmas – how I spent Christmas 2009;
  5. Why am I writing this blog?;
  6. Sweet decadence – just a few of my favourite things;
  7. It’s all about the chocolate, Part 1 – Part 2 is still on its way;
  8. Introducing Andaluz – my favourite Perth tapas bar;
  9. Cling-wrap poached eggs – a foodly experiment gone very right; and
  10. So pho, so good – the summary of my pho experiences to November 2009.

Some of my favourite posts just missed out on a top 10 placing, so here they are:

  1. My Year of Living Voraciously – entering 2010 without new year’s resolutions;
  2. 21 days – how I keep myself happy, energised & healthy;
  3. Assiette de Hannah – the tasting plate that got me through to the second round of MasterChef Australia 2009 auditions;
  4. Adventures in icecream – icecream inspired by pink peppercorns; and
  5. 5 diet rules I swear by.

I hope that reading through these brings back some great memories and rekindles interest in forgotten recipes.

But one little list doesn’t make a festival…so over the next few months, you will see incremental changes to A Very Foodly Diary. Planned features include a new domain name, improved searchability, and a more aesthetically pleasing site overall.

I want to make sure that A Very Foodly Diary keeps getting better and better. For this to happen, I need you to answer an important question for me:

In anticipation of your response and another fabulous year ahead,

H 🙂



  1. Happy birthday to you, a very foodly diary! I really enjoy your writing Hannah, and am looking forward to seeing what the next year brings. If I had one of those party blower things, I’d be blowin’ it right now 😀


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