It’s 2013! Hot damn did 2012 go by fast, I hope the first few days of the new year are going well for everyone. Remember way back in November (!) when I was complaining about taking on too much during December? Yeah, well, I’m happy to say that all went well but the blog kind of lost out in the battle of Maggie’s time distribution. Now that it’s January and I have nothing to do in my spare time but putter around, I plan to get some of those lovely things I made (and didn’t tell you about) up on the ol’ blog for you to (hopefully) enjoy. Truth be told, I did have most of the week of Christmas off from work and I probably could have done a little blogging in my spare time, but sitting on my bum doing nothing seemed to be the activity of choice. When I’m snuggled up in my pj’s on our comfy couch and a purring kitty in my lap, my brain might be yelling “come on! Get up! Go write a post! Edit some photos!” but my body just goes “dude, shut the fak up.”, and who am I to argue with my body? But enough excuses, for the time being I thought I’d share my top 10 most popular recipes with you. Everyone seems to hop on the recap/top (fill in the blank) band wagon during the beginning of the year and this is the first time I’ve been able to join in on the fun…and yes this is a total cop-out to tide you over until I can come up with something better to post 😉
Number 10: Poutine
I’m not surprised in the slightest that this would make the list. As gross and unhealthy as people claim poutine to be, no one can deny the tastiness of this weird Canadian creation. Just looking at this photo is giving me a crazy craving to make it again, mmmm gravy.
Number 9: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Banana
My favorite banana bread to date! And the fact that there’s peanut butter and chocolate involved is just an added bonus. Being the shy, quiet girl that I am, this banana bread saved me from an anxiety ridden experience on a local tv show and will always have a special place in my heart.
Number 8: Sweet Potato Casserole Blondies
My winning entry to the Chicago Soy Dairy contest! These babies won me a year supply of marshmallows…which I’m pretty sure I blew through in 6 months…in my defense, I did give away one or two packs…These blondies were over the top good, not meant for those without a serious sweet tooth, I’m pretty sure one of these had me bouncing off the walls.
Number 7: Peanut Satay Dragon Bowl
This lovely dish was created by one of our fantastic local restaurants, The Coup! If you’re ever in Calgary and you only have once chance to dine out, do yourself a favor and go here. Crunchy veggies, delicious smoked tofu and a fantastic peanut butter sauce make for one of my favorite bowl meals. Plus it was my very first mofo post!
Number 6: Chocolate Stout Brownies
Brownies + beer = party in my mouth. Who knew beer could add such a unique richness to brownies. Before I know it, it’ll be time to hunt down some more Young’s Double Chocolate Stout to whip up another batch of these delicious morsels. Or maybe I’ll just try and think up something new I can put beer in, hmmmm, so many boozy possibilities.
Number 5: Thai Pulled Pork Tacos
My first and, so far, only attempt at cooking jack fruit. It’s always fun experimenting with new ingredients and jack fruit has opened the door to so many possibilities. The texture is amazing and although these tacos are a tad time consuming, all the different components make for a pretty kick ass taco.
Number 4: Greek Goddess Bowl
Another amazing recipe adapted from The Coup. Bowls are the perfect kind of meal and this one is packed with Mediterranean inspired goods, perfect for those of us who can’t get enough kalamata olives (damn those things are yummy). It’s pretty healthy, so unlike the brownies, this is something I like to eat over and over again. It’s full of lentils, veggies, brown rice and a delicious lemon tahini garlic sauce.
When I’m feeling particularly healthy, I love whipping up this dish. P may think otherwise as it contains two of the ingredients he despises the most, kale and quinoa. You can’t win ‘em all, but that just means that I get more leftovers! I love the tofu in this recipe, it’s become my favorite way to eat tofu and the method is ridiculously quick. As a lover of all things coconut, the coconut quinoa is pretty fantastic too and is a nice change from just cooking it in water or broth.
Number 2: Newfoundland White Bread
When I posted this recipe, the amount of hits on my blog blew me away! I had no idea how many people were on the hunt for a white bread recipe. Fluffy white bread just like nan used to make, nothing makes me feel closer to home then a piece of this stuff slathered in some homemade jam. Although I don’t make it very often, it sure doesn’t last long when there’s a fresh loaf sitting on the counter.
Number 1: Coconut Milk Yogurt
I had no idea that when I posted this recipe way back when I first started the blog that it would be my most popular post. If you look past the crappy photos, it’s a pretty solid recipe; two years later and this is still my go-to yogurt recipe. I plan to revisit this one in the future with a few interesting adaptations to throw in.
Hope this post has shown you some recipes you may not have seen before, it has definitely made me rediscover some. I’m looking forward to doing some catch-up on some blog reading to see what most of you have been up to, and then I’ll be back to share a granola recipe that I can’t seem to get enough of lately. Until next time internet friends!