My blog Eat Like You Love Yourself was born out of eating regularly on my own, cooking regularly for one and never eating the foods that made me feel good physically or emotionally. When I sat down and thought about it, cooking well for one wasn't difficult and oven chips with mayonnaise was not a meal.
So I started to try and eat more healthily and in a way which fits in with my busy lifestyle as a working mother. Here are some of my highlights so far.
My favourite 10 minute recipe
My blog has always been about good food fast. Sticky peanuts and chicken is one of my favourite recipes. A delicious and fantastically quick meal. Described as an "amazing recipe" by one reader. That didn't half make me smile!
My favourite spicy dish
Thai Yellow Curry, delicious and so fast. Because you can make the paste and freeze it, it's even quicker the second time you make it.
My favourite meat recipe
I love this oxtail dish. I'd never been bothered by oxtail before but leaving it on the bone and having a really reduced, sticky sauce made it. There is a different texture in a sauce made from meat cooked on the bone, I suspect it's the gelatine but it gives a different mouth feel, coating and delicious.
My favourite side dish
Ok, I have to be honest, I as often eat this broccoli, bean and chorizo dish as a main course because I love my vegetables and my chorizo!
Favourite fish dish
Making Hollandaise for one with baked salmon was a real labour of love. But it was so good I've made it again and again.
Memories of first flirtations, first plane journey alone and a time which changed my outlook on life. All wrapped up in clafoutis.
My most viewed recipe is probably the simplest. This great and spicy layered Mexican salad. Fantastic and healthy. Gluten free, oil free dressing and full of flavour.
Favourite food photo
I've been really trying with composition and backgrounds with my blog and trying to find my style. This photo of Alcohol Free Mulled Wine is one of my favourites. I went overboard with the photos on that post because there were so many photos I liked. Not always a problem I can assure you!
I love paneer in curries, it adds a fantastic texture so that you don't miss meat (whether your a vegetarian or not).
Favourite cheap dish
Cauliflower cheese is pretty easy and cheap as chips to make. I also just love this picture.
If you're new to "Eat Like You Love Yourself" I hope this little round up of this year's recipes has been a good introduction and I hope it encourages you to eat better food because let's face it, if you were cooking for a loved one, chips and mayo isn't what you'd cook is it?
Here's to a healthy and loving 2015!