Friday, February 19, 2010

A Belated Blog Anniversary and a Chocolate Giveaway

I have been blogging for approximately three and a half years, and have decided to host my own blog giveaway. The giveaway is chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate.

My son set up my blog, possibly to keep in touch with all the things that I have cooked. I have to admit, I hadn't come across the world of blogs, and back then the blogosphere was a much smaller place. When I started the blog there were approximately 75 UK blogs on the 'Foodie List' but now there are so many that I couldn't possibly keep up with them all.

I have now had over 250,000 unique visitors since I started blogging in September 2006. My first posting, without a photograph, was a Delia Smith recipe - Fresh Tomato Soup with Basil. There are over 240 postings on the blog, and I have enjoyed every minute of blogging.

All of the products that have appeared on the blog have been extremely good quality, and therefore, they have been positive postings. I have been sent numerous products and would like to thank everyone.

I have had some surprising emails from people who have come across my blog, and a couple of them in particular still make me smile. One was from a marketing company in America who asked me how many people in the UK use a cafetiere to make coffee for breakfast every day - if I knew the answer to that, I think that there would be something seriously wrong with me.

Another email that made me smile was from a Sea Scouts Teacher, who said he was fed up with the meals his pupils served him whilst out at sea and could I suggest a menu so he could experience better food from them, ah!

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and also to those who have left comments they are always very much appreciated. I love visiting all of your blogs, old and new, time permitting, and I now feel as though I know many of my fellow food bloggers.

The banana and chocolate chip cupcakes are adapted from here and I simply added 50g of dark chocolate chips to the mix. The lemon tinted buttercream is a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cookery book, the buttercream is so sweet my husband couldn't bring himself to sink his teeth into one of my iced cupcakes and it had to be uniced cupcakes for him.

Anyway, for a chance to win the chocolate giveaway, please leave a comment telling me which of my postings is your favourite. The giveaway is open to anyone in the UK.

The winner will be chosen at random.
The closing date is midnight on Saturday, 27th February 2010. The winner will be announced after the closing date - please pop back to see if you have won and provide me with your email details.


Kath said...

Congrats on all your achievements. I dream of reaching those targets - three and a half years and 250,000 visitors. Fab! Those cupcakes look absolutely beautiful. I am finding it hard to choose a favourite post, but I think it's between your Christmas cake post and the Spiderman cake. I think Spidey wins it though

Janice said...

Congratulations on the success of your blog! It is difficult to choose as you have written so many interesting posts. But I choose the Cedar Wood Oven Baking Plank post from Oct 24, 2009. It was such an unusual cooking method and you had made some delicious dishes with the plank and wraps.

Bellini Valli said...

Three and a half years is certainly a milestone to be reckoned with...congratulations!!!

angeltreats said...

Wow, three and a half years, congratulations! I haven't been reading your blog very long (only since the start of this year) but I really liked the lime meringue cupcakes and am hoping to make a batch next week for my workmates on my last day at work.

I also love today's post because I have two disgustingly black bananas that almost made it into the bin but they'll become cupcakes instead!

nipitinthebud said...

well funnily enough the first time I came across your blog was with another giveaway - for mornflake oats. I remember browsing your soups and thinking 'I'd love that' when I saw curried parsnip and apple soup. Still on my list of other bloggers recipes to try :o)

Jan said...

Congrats Maggie! Keep up the good work!!

Cakelaw said...

Congratulations on 3 and a half years of blogging. (I'm from Oz so am not in the giveaway.)

The Caked Crusader said...

Congratulations Margaret!

I loved your post this Christmas showing all your Christmas cakes over the years - I love the way it demonstrated that even though we make the same items every year we always find ways of making it different!

Maria♥ said...

Congrats Margaret!!

I've loved reading all your posts and viewing all your yummy pics. Looking forward to all the posts to come.


pigpigscorner said...

wow 3 and a half years is a long way! Congrats!

lynn said...

I passed my 3 year anniversary in December and know what you mean about the 'blogsphere' getting so big, but hey, here's to another 3 (and a half) years.

lynn said...

Ooh, I forgot to mention what my favourite post was. Well, I always look forward to your photos of your Christmas cakes. So my fav post would have to be

Fingers crossed.

Mallika said...

Congratulations! I love this post because it reminds us all why it's so gratifying to have a blog in the first place and because I love chocolate. Here's to many many more posts...

Lucie said...

Congratulations Margaret! I am still relatively new to the blogging and joined as a completely inexperienced baker/cook. Since then I have learnt so much, and your site has provided me with tonnes of inspiration. I have looked at lots of your posts in the past and one I did try was Delia's Sultana Loaf cake - posted in Oct 2006 - cast your mind back! I have made this numerous times since - it is straightforward, honest and so delicious. thanks for sharing it. Lucie x

Margaret said...

Kath - the spiderman cake was special to me because it was for my Grandson - no skill required either for that one.

Janice - the cedar wood plank is now very well used.

Bellini Valli - thank you for visiting my blog for such a long time now.

CC - I hadn't thought about that but you are right.

Angeltreats - those lime meringue cupcakes are my favourite ones here on the blog, they were delicious.

nipitinthebud - the curried parsnip and apple soup(especially the parsnip crisps) is a favourite of mine too.

Jan - it has been a pleasure getting to know you.

Cakelaw - thank you for visiting my blog on numerous occasions.

Maria - thank you for all of your past comments.

pigpigscorner - thank you for visiting my site on so many occasions.

Lynn - I think we started blogging around the same time - the snowflake cake came together really well, its surprising what you can do with a piece of fondant and a ribbon!

Mallika - I am pleased that you left a comment because I had somehow lost your site name.

Lucie - I make that cake time and time again, it's a real favourite of ours, especially my husband. I too learn lots from blogs, they are a great way to gather information.

Kelly-Jane said...

Happy Blog-iversary!

Two of my favourite posts are your Jo Pratt one from Oct 08 and a plant pot bread one from April 06, that was around the time I found your blog :)

Choclette said...

Goodness 250,000 visitors - that really is something to celebrate - congratulations. I had to go for something choclatey of course. Now who wouldn't love all those Hotel Chocolate goodies - I certainly wouldn't turn them down. But I really liked your gingered Italian ice cream cupcakes - a splendid idea.

Margaret said...

Kelly-Jane - I loved all of the Jo Pratt recipes and also the plant pot bread you have picked out.

Choclette - thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment, the ice cream cupcakes were really delicious.

Sophie said...

Congrats on all of your blog achievements!! Yeah!! I always enjoy your blog!

I also love Jo Pratt's recipes & also have 2 of her lovely books!

Mr. P said...

And I have just found your lovely blog! You've been here HOW long?

We're very hidden away in the UK. World domination! We need to make ourselves better known.

Thank you for checking my blog out :)