A look back at 2014…

While we’re all waiting for the clock to strike midnight and welcome in a brand new year, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my favourite posts of 2014 and also sneak in a few pictures that didn’t make it on the blog…

In January I made this gorgeous blood orange drizzle cake.
This is definitely a recipe to make again when beautiful blood oranges come into season.
imageIn February I met James Morton at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. He is a lovely guy and was kind enough to give me some of his 9 year old sourdough!

imageAnd here is James (well what else could I have called him?) still alive and kicking…

imageJames was fairly busy day throughout the year….

Sourdough English muffins
imageSourdough Pizza
imageSourdough Loaves

imageCiabatta
imageIn March I was very excited to interview Ruth Clemens, finalist on The Great British Bake off series one. I also got to review her new Éclairs book and made her delicious white chocolate and raspberry éclairs!

imageIn April I found an amazing white chocolate, cranberry and orange hot cross bun recipe. I think I might be a little obsessed with orange…

imageIn May Sugar and Crumbs sent me some baking goodies to test out. Their cherry bakewell icing sugar and coconut cocoa powder was awesome.

This coconut chocolate loaf cake went down a storm at work.

imageThese mini Malteser Cheesecakes were very popular on the blog in June.

imageI spent July and August making loads of bread…

Cherry tomato and thyme focaccia
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Brioche
imageIn August I met the lovely Victor and Carina Contini at the Nairn food festival…and I was very lucky to win a copy of their kitchen garden book and a voucher for lunch at their Scottish cafe and restaurant which is located in the Scottish National Gallery. I haven’t had the chance to visit yet,but soon!!

imageIn September I went to the first Inverness Let’s Bake meeting at the cafe and bicycle shop Velocity. I met some lovely lassies including Susan of Mess in the Ness and Kirsty of Ever so Sweet. We had a lovely evening chatting and eating all the lovely baking everyone had brought along!

imageimageIn October I mostly baked from Ruby Tandoh’s gorgeous book “Crumb” – my favourite baking book of the year.

Apple and fig upside down cake

imageOrange Bourbons

imageNovember was chilli month. I ate a lot of smoky chipotle chilli.

imageIn December there was a lot of cookie making in my kitchen…

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imageimageWishing all my readers a very happy New Year, I hope 2015 brings you happiness, health and good times!

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, leave a comment, or try my recipes. I appreciate each and every one of you.

See you in the New Year and happy cooking in 2015!

Xxx

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