Happy New Year!

 
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Hey, 2017 was not too bad! For me personally, at least (let's put some blinds on the bigger picture this time). Now that I've successfully survived Christmas time with my family...

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(just the usual kitchen mayhem) ... let's look back a little!

In February I launched Feed the Darkness on Instagram and in June I published my blog. I had been talking about starting a food blog for a long time, for years, honestly. Cooking has always been important for me. Even in the darkest, most unhappy times in my life, cooking has always given me a way to escape and just... feel able. Looking back now, I actually feel that it was my transition into a fully plant based diet, that gave me the final push. It definitely opened up a whole new world of cooking for me, and offered me a way to get more creative with food. More about that later.

2017 brought a ton of new vegan options all around the grocery stores and restaurants, wow! Super excited about that, and firmly hoping it's not all just a passing trend. I was probably the most happy about all the new non-dairy ice cream flavors, and kind of glad I didn't keep count of how much ice cream I actually had last year...

So let's look at some highlights!

New Home - New Kitchen

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In August we moved into a new apartment! I've never lived in an building this new before. All the kitchen surfaces are so terrifyingly shiny I never seem to get a picture of them clean.

 Cooking with some beetroots on the lovely white counter

Cooking with some beetroots on the lovely white counter

The Never-Ending Battle

...between me and my boyfriend: whose plate looks better?

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(Admitted: it's usually his serving that ends up on my Instagram) Not to mention having someone praise my food day after day. We also rate all our food together (the scale is from 1 to 7).

 

Best Overkills of Supposedly Casual Cooking

 

 "Any ideas for dinner?" - "Not really" - "You sure?" - "You'll probably come up with something I couldn't even imagine"

"Any ideas for dinner?" - "Not really" - "You sure?" - "You'll probably come up with something I couldn't even imagine"

 Roasted EVERYTHING, epic tabbouleh, got TWO types of hummus, some yoghurt dressing over there...

Roasted EVERYTHING, epic tabbouleh, got TWO types of hummus, some yoghurt dressing over there...

 Spending all that time making some vegan mini pavlovas "just because I can"

Spending all that time making some vegan mini pavlovas "just because I can"

My Best Recipes

- or personal favorites

The Carrot Lox Mousse is a plant based version of something very Scandinavian - and it works all year around, as tested both on a birthday picnic in August and a Christmas themed dinner party. The Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie was a Halloween party hit for sure - I made this twice within just a couple of weeks! The Pancake post was my first (!!) on the blog, and this recipe is in frequent use.

Best Food Moments

New Year's Resolution

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I've got one resolution only:

ALWAYS make time for cooking. NEVER get hangry.

Technically, that was two. And I'm going to get hangry anyway. Live and learn.