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A little over a year ago, the only blog I had heard about was the political kind. I stumbled onto ‘chefinyou’ while I was looking up an Indian recipe and realized it was a personal blog. That was a turning point and a new facet has been added to my life. I wrote my first post six months ago yesterday. What a harmless and pleasurable hobby blogging is. I have had hours and hours of fun learning from and appreciating the work of other bloggers. I even have a blog ritual with Numero Uno, we will only read our favorite blog ‘not without salt’ together. No jumping the line!

The most exhilarating part of blogging has been the friendships formed with other bloggers. I have been inspired by many of you and your blogs are part of my daily diet. A big surprise for me regarding blogging was that it is much harder than it looks. Writing, photography and recipe documentation involve quite a bit of work. I work with a point-and-shoot, 10 year old camera and having consciously not made any investment in props, photography is the most challenging aspect of blogging for me.

I fondly remember a few of my firsts. The first time Vegetarianirvana made it into a blog roll, at Yum and more. The first time a reader, Gosia of Majology, said she made my ‘Fall Salad‘ recipe  for a girls night in.  And my first comment ever, from Louise of Satisfied.

A big thank you to all my readers who are ever so appreciative and I love your kind words, your critique and your questions through your comments and emails. There are so many blogs out there, that you drop by and visit with me is very humbling indeed.

As they say, good things are celebrated with something sweet…….

 Chocolate Orange Shrikand

1 cup homemade strained yogurt or labneh [or Fage 2% strained yogurt]

2 tablespoon orange juice, fresh or otherwise

3 tablespoon unsweetened pure cocoa powder

3 tablespoon icing sugar

a few candied orange peels [optional]

Whisk all the above to a smooth homogenous consistancy. You will get a creamy, fluffy pudding. Decorate with candied orange peels, if using. So simple and so good.

Thanks for dropping by,

Best, S.

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