Wholesome Cook turns 1: celebrating with a Mont Blanc + a giveaway!
Don’t you just love the look of the Mont Blanc cake from Becasse Bakery? My celebration cake could not be anything other than this. With a chewy macaron biscuit base topped with a dollop of chantilly cream, covered in luscious and velvety chestnut and cream puree… I am planning to reverse engineer this little beauty in the coming weeks – teasing you with this gorgeous picture and description would just be plain mean. If you’ve ever tried the Becasse Bakery’s Mont Blanc, you will know why I just cannot wait…
30 days/ 36 posts/ 4 comments
When I started blogging a year ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. During my first month I posted 36 recipes, eight of them for beetroot dishes – don’t ask me why, received four comments from strangers including one here from John@heneedsfood – I was starstruck for a week, and averaged eight hits a day.
I wasn’t sure if this was good or bad, but I was excited and happy to be doing what I loved: cooking, eating and sharing. Eventhough some of my earlier photos were not entirely upto my current standards, especially when it came to photography – if I could help, entertain or inspire one person, it was a good start. Somehow, and somewhat surprisingly, it didn’t take long for my audience to grow beyond easily recognizable names of friends and family.
365 days/ 187 posts/ 1,204 comments
Fast-forward to today, my daily average for August has improved over 100-fold. I know, numbers are not always what blogging is about, but it’s definitely a testament to one’s work.
The single fact that you are out there reading my posts, trying my recipes and sharing the food that I created with your friends and family inspires me the most. It inspires me to keep going, to get more adventurous, to create recipes that are easily accessible to even the most novice of cooks. It inspired me to create my Restaurant Inspired section where I attempt to reverse engineer dishes I had tried at Sydney’s prime dining spots. Interestigly, the first dish in that category was from Etch (Becasse’s sister venture).
It inspired me to recreate the best Homemade Peking duck I’ve had in my life. The next morning I woke up to an Inbox of 80+ emails containing comments, likes and new subscriber alerts. I had been freshly pressed!!! I was shocked, happy, humbled and proud at the same time. What an amazing experience, and one that has helped me connect and now keep in regular touch with so many of you.
A word of thanks
I can safely say that my decision to continue writing for Wholesome Cook has been one of the more rewarding experiences. I’ve made new friends and inspired non-cooks to cook. I’ve been inspired and humbled by others, their creativity and passion for food. I have discovered new flavours, cuisines and experimented in the kitchen beyond what I would have done if it wasn’t for Wholesome Cook.
Thank you so much for your continued support and feedback. Thank you for coming back, for reading, commenting and keeping in touch.
Thank you also to Mr Chipconnoisseur (and his lunchbox) for being my fairest although sometimes my harshest food critics, thank you too for your patience and for putting up with eating your dinner cold sometimes. It means a lot.
My plans over the next 12 months…
I will continue working on recipes for the blog, no doubt about that. I am also planning to dedicate more time to wholesome product reviews, as well as showcasing a variety of cookbooks, magazines and products that focus on healthy habits or support communities in need. I am keen to continue working on my relationships with a handful of brands I wholeheartedly support, as well as learning about others that share similar values.
There will be giveaways too. And more Restuarant Inspired, beginning with Rockpool Bar and Grill‘s minute steaks.
This has been in the making for some time… *drum roll* I am holding my first cooking class on Saturday! The menu of classes is available here and a schedule will follow in the next couple of weeks. I am extremely nervous, but excited. I hope I don’t faint.
I am also currently talking to a few different publications and companies about recipe development opportunities which I hope will come to fruition in the comining months.
Giveaway – my gift to you (now closed)
To help celebrate Wholesome Cook’s 1st birthday, I am giving away a 12 month subscription to the Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine! It’s a great resource for creating quick nutritious meals and keeping up with good food news and trends. The giveaway is open to anyone, including folks overseas, because I’d love to hear from you. Good luck!
To enter: Leave a comment below telling me what you enjoy most about Wholesome Cook or what recipes / product features you’d like to see more of.
Bonus entries: 1) Like the Australian Healthy Food Guide on Facebook or 2) Retweet this post.
Entries close by midnight AEST 18 August. Winner will be announced on 20 August on this blog and contacted by email.
Many happy returns, Wholesome Cook!
Now, I’m off to eat my cake! Yes, for breakfast…