January 04, 2013

More Highlights of 2012

I've already reviewed what the most popular posts were on my blog this past year, but I wanted to share a few more personal highlights before I move on to posting new recipes!

2012 was a year for:
  • Travel: I was lucky enough to visit five new countries this past year (for school/work), where I enjoyed trying out the local cuisine: Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, Zambia, and South Korea

Looking back over my posts from 2012, there were a lot that I wanted to choose as my personal favourites, but I've narrowed it down to just five!

And to make it easier on myself, I eliminated the recipes that were already included in the Top 10 Most Popular posts of 2012.  But first, I wanted to give special mention to one of those posts that would probably be my favourite thing that I made all year - these black bean cups with plantain guacamole - so good!

The rest of the Top 5, in no particular order...

Favourite Snack: Coffee, Coconut and Cherry Energy Bites

I've made these as both energy balls and in bar form, and I love the combination of tart cherries with the bitter coffee beans and hint of chocolate!

Favourite Vegetable: Cauliflower Stuffed Artichoke

This was my first time cooking and eating a whole artichoke, and I was proud of how it turned out, especially  with the delicious cauliflower couscous stuffed inside!

Favourite Salad: Roasted Squash, Beet and Chestnut Salad with Warm Walnut Dressing

Roatsed winter veggies and chestnuts (not from a can!) combined with a rich, nutty dressing made a memorable warm salad!

Favourite International Inspired Recipe: Tofu Banh Mi

This sandwich may not have been truly authentic, but I loved the bold, spicy flavours of the pickled veggies and marinated tofu.

Favourite Dessert: Vegan Pina Colada Cake

For my birthday cake this year, I went with tropical flavours in a single layer cake that was nice and moist and bursting with coconut!

That's it for my recap of 2012 - I had a lot of fun creating and sharing all of these recipes with you last year, and I can't wait to keep it up in 2013!


  1. Ashlynn Perry-Adachi4 January 2013 at 11:25

    All that food looks SO delicious! Good work! I'm really interested in trying the roasted squash salad!

    1. Thanks Ashlynn! It's a bit more work than putting together a fresh salad, but I loved the taste, plus it's a nice change to have roasted veggies and a warm dressing in the winter

  2. Those energy balls look good - one of my new year's 'resolutions' was to have more snacks like that around, I should start with that recipe!

  3. I still need to try those banh mi sandwiches! I've always been impressed with all the grains you use in your recipes, which encouraged me to make that my own resolution for 2013--eat more grains! :D



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