18 September, 2011

7 Links Challenge

This is my 300th recipe post on this blog. Who would have thought!
For about three decades, my mom must have thought I'd never learn to cook. One of her favorite stories to tell family and friends is what I used to dish up when she came to visit me while I was still at university in Berlin. These stories, of course, would always go on my expense. But I must be honest, I couldn't cook. Period. I lived off cheese sandwiches and apples.
Now here we are with a big round number on my own food blog: I take this occasion to accept the 7 Link Challenge from Sonia, The Healthy Foodie. More than two years of blogging and close to 300 recipes are worth digging in the past. Here are the rules:

  1. Blogger is nominated to take part
  2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
  3. Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
  4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
  5. And so it goes on!
Here are my winners of the respective categories:

Most Beautiful Post
Asian Cucumber Salad
I am voting this my most beautiful post because I love the picture: enough detail, good depth of field, good food styling. Love the green background. There are quite a few foods that are not easy to photograph. I think, cucumber salad is one of them.  I am very critical of my pictures. This is one of very few (if not the only one), that I consider (almost) perfect.

Most Popular Post
That's an easy one, because I just have to check my stats. I must admit it came a long, organic way. Only recently it overtook the Almond Honey Cake which had been leading from the moment I published it.

Most Controversial Post
I am not sure if any of my recipes or posts are controversial. But the Sesame Seaweed Squares are by far the recipe with the quirkiest ingredients list: seaweed, sesame seeds and maple syrup.

Most Helpful Post
 Salted Lupini Beans
Another post where the stats prove my point: Many people who Google for Lupini Beans end up on my site. It seems to be a snack that is totally unknown in many countries. In other places it is served as street food or in pubs. No-one seems to make it at home. Here you find the recipe.

Post whose success surprised me
Quinoa Granola Bars
 I was telling about my 85-year-old granddad in this post who had just visited me from Germany and actually watched me shooting the pictures for these granola bars. His outlook on life is amazing. Many people commented on this. A very pleasant surprise.

Post that didn’t get the attention it deserved
This recipe to me ticks all the boxes: it's raw, it's healthy, it's sugar-free. It can be easily made gluten-free. It's easy to make. Most people who come to my site are looking for these kind of recipes. This one never really cut it though.

Post I am most proud of
Prawn Curry with Coconut and Lemongrass
My kitchen confidence still wobbles every now and then when I try new dinner recipes. This prawn curry, however, is an absolute hit. I wowed weekday-after-work husband and weekend dinner guests with it. Alright, it's not my concoction, but this recipe is absolutely amazing. What adds to my pride about this recipe is the picture. Apart from cucumber salads, curries are also very difficult to photograph. I thought I didn't do too bad with my picture.

Alright, and here are my 5 nominees whose 7 Links I'd love to see:

Zoe of Zomt Bakes
Jenn of Jenn Cuisine


  1. fabulous recap of so many great recipes I have yet to see!

  2. excellent anja! each post is a reflection of the thought you put into cooking up healthy and delicious food. You're such an adventurous cook!

  3. Thanks Rajani. That's a really nice thing to say.

  4. Congratulations! My baby blog, which is not even a year old, looks up to your wise blog and aspires to be just as successful :)
    Loved your round up.

  5. Congratulations Anja, this is such a huge milestone. Love the roundup of posts and perfectly styled photos - you're not just a talented blogger, but so unbelievably creative with your recipes. Here's to many more lovely posts to come!

  6. Thanks, Arva and Yasmin. You make me blush!

  7. I missed the '3-grain Breakfast'-post! I will give it full attention next morning! :)

  8. Congratulations - loved your link look back. Btw Veggie Num Num is one of my favourite resources when cooking for my veggie daughter.

    My family had experience of Russian camps too some survived (but my Grandfather didn't) and some had to stay behind the iron curtain - so I know the details of the brutality your father went through.

  9. Beautiful links! Will definitely have to try that prawn curry :) I actually already participated back in August, so sorry I cannot accept the nomination...

  10. I totally enjoyed reading through the summary of your 'Most....' recipes. I am truly intrigued by sesame and seaweed post, so much so that I have to go and give it a try. Looking forward to reading more or your recipes and checking out your beautiful foodstyling :-)

  11. @ Jenn
    how could I have missed your 7 links. Will go and check right now.

  12. What a nice post, totally enjoyed it :) Your food is very inspiring Anja, and it always looks fresh, healthy and delicious. I love it :)

  13. @ Dima, Devina and Zahra
    thanks for your comments. I really appreciate it.

  14. Looks like my initial comment got lost in cyberspace... or maybe silly me forgot to hit the post button after I was done writing!

    Real glad you accepted the challenge after all, Anja! I had no idea you had so many bar recipes on your site, and this post led me to discover many of them. Your Quinoa Granola Bars are absolutely gorgeous, no wonder it got much success!

    I will definitely be exploring some more and eventually make a few bars for myself! :o)

    Oh, and huge congrats on 300 recipes!