It’s odd to think that I only started writing this blog in August. I began blogging to stop moping and feeling sorry for myself when I didn’t make the final cut to be a contestant on Masterchef UK. (I’ll tell that whole sorry story eventually.) I also did it to prove to myself that I can be serious about food, about food writing, and to BE serious, if that makes sense.
Susan Eats London now occupies a substantial chunk of my thoughts most of the time. I cook with an eye towards blogging my recipes. My beautiful Nikon SLR camera (best purchase of 2011, hands down) can usually be found in or near my kitchen. I take my camera to restaurants (which is excruciating for my friends, I know) and photograph what I cook as a matter of course. (One friend burst out, after watching me take photographs of caramel for ten minutes, “Susan, do you have to take pictures of everything you cook? It’s SO tedious.”) I check my stats obsessively (shameful admission). I get stressed out when I don’t post regularly.
I am so grateful and honored that people follow my blog. I am incredibly thankful to Tamara and Sophie, who told me my food was worthy and encouraged me to start blogging, to Cecillia, who reads every post and tells me what she thinks, to Ari, an old friend from high school who found my blog through Facebook and actually cooks my recipes, and to my sister, who has spent hours on the phone from Portland, Oregon, reassuring me when I get neurotic and giving me constructive feedback. I ask her the same questions repeatedly. “Is it interesting? Is it funny? Do you want to read it? Do you want to eat it?” I do worry that I’m neither fish nor fowl. It’s not strictly a cooking blog, and it’s not strictly a restaurant blog. But it’s MY blog, so I decide, right? (Actually, you do – by reading it.)
Anyway, without further ado, here are my three favourite restaurant reviews (in fact two are bar reviews. Should I be worried?) and cooking posts of 2011:
1. (The sleeper hit – I get more hits on this than any post!) Tunnel-Boning Quail
Happy New Year everyone! And thanks for reading!