Don’t these peppermint meringues look just gorgeous? Don’t they look like they came out perfectly? If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen me crowing with glee about the fact that I finally made some sugar free meringues that didn’t deflate. I was so pleased and all I needed to do was wait for them to crisp up. So I waited. And I waited. And I waited and waited and waited. And they never did. No, these pretty, perfect-looking peppermint-striped meringues are total failures. They remained sticky and non-crisp to the bitter end, no matter how much I baked them, how much I turned the oven up or down or off. I even let them sit in a warm oven overnight, but they were still sticky the next morning. They don’t even come off the parchment properly, they just become a sticky mess. They remind me of nothing so much as marshmallow fluff. Which, by the way, gives me some great ideas for future recipes – did I just invent low carb marshmallow fluff??? But as peppermint meringues, they are abject failures. In the end, I just let me kids eat them off the pan with a spoon (they taste good!).
So, in lieu of a recipe today, I am going to play a game that was going around the food blogosphere for a while there, called Seven Links. As always, I am late to the party and so it may not be such a popular game anymore, I don’t know. I am supposed to name 5 more bloggers to play it when I am done, but the likelihood is that they’ve all played it before and don’t want to do it again. No matter, I shall forge ahead regardless! I was tagged for it by Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts back in August, and by someone else but I can no longer remember who (so sorry!). And I kept meaning to play but never quite got around to it. Since I have no recipe for you, now seems as good a time as any.
1. Most Beautiful Post: Boston Cream Pie
This is a tough one. What makes a post beautiful? Is it simply the photographs? I am by no means an expert photographer, but I have managed to capture some good photos in my time. Photos of food that is. Ask me to take a good picture of my kids, and I’m at a loss. Unlike food, they don’t sit still long enough for me to style them! But I chose my Boston Cream Pie because really, what’s more beautiful than thick, rich chocolate pouring over the top and sides of a delicious cake?
2. Most Popular Post: Parmesan Garlic Bubble Buns
If we are judging popularity by total overall page views, then my most popular post ever was the Parmesan Garlic Bubble Buns I made for a guest post on A Little Bit of Everything. The success of that post was definitely helped out by Stumble Upon, were it received over 33,000 views in a matter of days. That was a wild ride, let me tell you! I have other posts that have received more comments, but nothing even comes close in terms of total views.
3. Most Controversial Post: Turkey Taco Pasta Skillet
I hope nothing I write here on this blog sparks much controversy. It is a food blog, after all, and is designed simply to bring people good, mostly low carb, mostly gluten free, recipes. But since I have to choose one, I choose the Turkey Taco Pasta Skillet. The recipe itself isn’t objectionable, but I did get one comment regarding the use of Dreamfields Pasta and whether or not it is truly safe for those of us with diabetes. Diabetes is a very individualized disease, and what spikes one person’s blood sugar might not spike another’s. For example, I can tolerate red potatoes fairly well but not all diabetics can. Which is why I urged caution and moderation with the Dreamfields Pasta in my post. I seem to tolerate it all right, but I also stay well within the serving size and I eat it infrequently. I do understand that not all diabetics would have the same blood sugar response as I do.
4. Most Helpful Post: Chipotle Tilapia and World Diabetes Day
For this, I am choosing the recent post I did for World Diabetes Day. I think many in the low carb community find my recipes helpful, but in this post, I wanted to address my own story. I wanted to show that diabetes can happen to anyone, regardless of health history. It’s a dangerous misconception that Type 2 diabetes happens only to couch potatoes who eat junk all day, because those of us with low risk factors can get overlooked. The truth is, we’re all at risk and I am proof of that. And the comment I received from one reader, whose story is so much like mine, touched me profoundly. Sometimes just knowing you are not alone makes all the difference in the world.
5. Most Surprisingly Successful Post: Homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks
One thing you quickly learn in food blogging is that it’s almost impossible to predict how popular a post will or won’t be. I almost didn’t post the Homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks I made for my kids, because although they were good, they weren’t quite what I had in mind. Well, I guess they were exactly what other people were looking for, because they were hugely popular, and they continue to bring hits to my blog. So much so that if you type in “homemade fruit snacks” into Google, my post comes up as #1.
6. The Post That Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved: Sweet Basil Panna Cotta
On the flip side of something being surprisingly popular is a post that doesn’t seem to garner the attention you thought it would. I’ve had plenty of these, as I am sure every blogger has. You create a recipe and you think “Oh wow, I’ve done something really interesting here! This will make people sit up and pay attention”. But it doesn’t. Somehow the post just seems to escape other people’s notice and you end up a little disappointed. So for this one, I am choosing my Sweet Basil Panna Cotta. I loved this dessert, I thought it was elegant and interesting, without being over-the-top, and I think I got some great shots of it too. But it just didn’t quite get the reception I was hoping for.
7. The Post I am Most Proud Of: Lemon Cream Cake and Sticky Toffee Puddings
I have a lot of posts and recipes on this blog, and as far as I am concerned, there is a lot to be proud of here. My skills in low carb baking and cooking have grown exponentially as I try new things, so what I am most proud of will change at any given moment. But I get a real kick out of taking a conventional recipe and making a low carb, gluten free version that is virtually indistinguishable from the original. So I am choosing BOTH my Lemon Cream Cake and my Sticky Toffee Puddings for this question. I really think I nailed them both.
Hope you enjoyed the little trip down memory lane!
Now I have to pick 5 other bloggers to play Seven Links. I honestly don’t know who’s been tagged already and who has not, so forgive me if you’ve already done this!