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January round-up

One down, eleven to go. The first month of the year is over and done, and it certainly brought its share of challenges for me. I’m looking forward to happier and more productive months to come, but in the meantime- here’s what went down on the Kitchenist Network in January.

kitchenist

Despite a hiatus in the middle of the month, Kitchenist still saw some great recipes over the past four weeks. I started the year with a promise to myself: to bake more bread in 2010. My first foray was with Spotted Dog, a currant-studded Irish soda bread. I followed it up with a recipe for Spicy Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew, my most popular post of the month.

Spicy Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew

The middle of the month brought sad news: my 97-year-old Granny passed away, necessitating a trip home to Canada and a break from blogging. When I returned, I wrote a tribute to her alongside a recipe for Lentil Gratin. If you haven’t tried this yet, I urge you to give it a go- not a looker, but delicious nonetheless.

Sweets for the month included some Red Hot Gingernut cookies and some Mini Almond, Lemon and Semolina cakes. But to my surprise, a recent post on Leek Rarebit is attracting even more oohs and aahs- who knew so many people loved melted cheese on bread?

Leek Rarebit

kitchenisms

There were few “isms” on Kitchenisms in January, as my daily posting schedule over there is the first to suffer when things come up in my personal life. Still, I managed to feature some lovely Etsy finds, including Ten for 2010 at the beginning of the year, and two shops by the same artist later on.

lyn swan

I also shared two charming but different Cool Kitchens: a light and feminine space at the beginning of the month, and a bright and cheerful room when I returned home again.

Light and feminine kitchen

kitchlit

January saw me at least make a start on reviewing my Christmas cookbooks at Kitchlit, though I didn’t get too much further than that. Rachel Allen’s Home Cooking was the lucky one who got in first, and I think anyone who has this tome is lucky, too. A four-star book full of delicious, easy-to-follow recipes.

Rachel Allen's Home Cooking