It’s been about a year and a half since I started the blog and I have had so much fun writing it. I've found that by writing about my kitchen escapades I have been pushed to try new things and really thing about what I’m putting in my food. I'm also cooking out of a larger kitchen of late but that will all change again once we move (sigh).
In terms of dieting I’m afraid it hasn't been massively successful. I continue to do the 5:2 diet more for the benefits relating to cancer and dementia prevention rather than weight loss. A lengthy kitchen refurb (3 months of takeaways and microwave meals take their toll), a back injury have limited my success in respect of the latter. Still, I’m not going to give up and resign myself to a lifetime (and wedding day) of flabbiness.
So what about the year ahead? We have recently moved from Wales to Sussex and I've started my pupillage after 4 years of seemingly endless applications so it seems like now is the best time to wipe the slate clean and start again. I’ll continue with 5:2 where possible but I've also found in the last month that cutting out added sugar has really helped me increase my energy, I’m losing weight and my skin seems to be looking brighter too. For someone who loves a bit of cake it is no mean feat and I've had a few weddings and social events where I wasn't quite so vigilant. Still, it’s going generally OK and I’m also now getting back into exercise. I've set myself a manageable target of 20 minutes a day; surely I can stick to that… right?
What can you expect over the next year? More vegetarian recipes that are hopefully something a little bit different and certainly varied. There will be less of the cakes (but not completely – I can’t resist the odd treat) and more of the veg. I also promise to try and be more consistent in my posts, this has been a very busy year and doing without the kitchen certainly doesn't help when you write a food blog. So this year I pledge to try harder to maintain not just my weight loss but also the recipe posting too.
Now to the important bit… the competition!
To celebrate the fact that I’m still blogging, and also the fact that Big Cook Tiny Kitchen has over 500 likes on Facebook I thought it was time to host my first giveaway. I've chosen a copy of Antonio Carluccio’s The Collection, quite simply because it is a veritable Bible of Italian food. Just enter below and I will send the winner their very own copy.
(NB postage and packaging is paid for within the UK but for those outside there may be a charge for shipping costs).
What's your favourite Italian Recipe?