Yesterday, Manu’s Menu turned 8! Can you believe it’s been that long? And what an incredible journey it has been! I have learnt so much along the way (have a look at one of my first posts’ pictures!) and I have met, although mainly virtually, many amazing people throughout the years.
Looking back, I can easily say that this was yet another great year for Manu’s Menu!
This year I have finally started to publish video recipes. It is A LOT of work, but I think they are really helpful for my readers as they take you through each recipe step by step, which is what Manu’s Menu has always been all about.
On another note, my book Homemade Pasta Made Simple is doing amazingly well so I am really happy about it.
The book is your complete guide to creating the pasta you love any night of the week and having fun while doing it! The book covers everything you need to know: from essential equipment and ingredients to fundamental skills and techniques; how to make perfect pasta dough with easy know-by-heart recipes; tutorials and recipes on how to shape (and stuff) pasta; and over 30 effortless yet delectable sauce recipes to mix-and-match. Read more about it HERE.
You can also check out my Cicatelli all’Arrabbiata recipe which will give you a good idea of what you can make from the book (click on the picture for the recipe):
The book, edited by Rockridge Press, is available on Amazon for purchase in both paperback and digital formats! Click here to buy a copy.
As far as my photography is concerned, I have been using my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens. It lets me take very detailed pictures of food that looks better up close, like these Low Fodmap Pork Wonton (click on the picture for the recipe):
I still use my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM too, as not all pictures can be taken with a Macro lens – a full cake or bigger skillet, for instance, would not fit in the frame. 😉
If you are curious to see my photography improvements for yourselves, just check out my Foodgawker gallery.
These are my favourite pictures of the past year (click on the picture for the recipe):
Instant Milk Peda
Orange, Blueberry, Passion Fruit Smoothie
Torrontes Ice Cream
I am very grateful for all the people I have “met” during these years. I want you to know that even though I do not always reply to every single comment, I read them ALL and they mean the world to me! Every comment is special… so keep them coming! I also know I have many “silent” readers out there and I am very grateful to you too, but don’t be shy, stop by and say “hello”, I’d love to get to know you! Thank you for all your love and support for the past 7 years!
The summary of this 8th year of blogging would not be complete if I did not share some statistical data with you’ll:
As you can see from the screenshot, since its creation, Manu’s Menu has been visited by almost 4.3 million different people and it has a pageview count of almost 10.5 million! I had never even dreamt that my blog would be read and followed by so many people all over the world!
I am also quite happy with the results in the Social Media area… Manu’s Menu has more than 7,650 followers on Facebook, 2,600 on Twitter and almost 6,800 on Pinterest. I have over 10,000 followers on Google+. Even though there’s always room for improvement, these achievements go well beyond my expectations! So, THANK YOU EVERYONE!!
This past year, I have also had the honour of being featured in a variety of online publications and other websites.
I am also still collaborating with 2 online publications: Parade and Great Italian Chefs. Make sure to check out my articles and recipes!
Manu’s Menu has also constantly been one of the TOP Australian food blogs!! And I am very proud of such an achievement. That’s huge for me!
I have also just realised that my blog has been visited by people from every single country in the WORLD. I am stoked!!! I will never be able to physically visit the whole world, but my blog has done it for me.
I also thought it would be nice to share Manu’s Menu 10 most visited posts of this 8th year… here they go in descending order! – Click on the picture for the recipe.
1. STICKY DATE PUDDING WITH BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE
2. HOME-MADE CREMA DI LIMONCELLO
3. HONEY HARD CANDY
4. CHICKEN SPRING ROLLS
5. BAKED GOATS CHEESE ROLLS WITH HONEY AND THYME
6. HOME-MADE CONDENSED MILK
7. COCO LOCO
8. HOME-MADE SICILIAN PORK SAUSAGE WITH FENNEL
9. BOMBOLONI ALLA CREMA
10. GRAVITY DEFYING M&M’S KIT KAT CAKE
For the complete list of the recipes I have published, go to my Visual Archive.
These instead are my personal favourite recipes of 2018 (click on the image for the recipe):
Low Fodmap Mini Focaccia
Low Fodmap Tuna Fried Rice
Low Fodmap Salmon Cakes
Traditional Dulce de Leche
Malbec Ice Cream
Orange Polenta Cake
Schiacciata alla Fiorentina
Italian Almond Carrot Cake
This has been quite an interesting year on Social Media. Facebook has been making it harder and harder for pages to reach their audience. Basically, the more you like/share/comment etc., the more likely you are to get my updates on your feed. Apparently, things work differently for Groups, so I created Manu’s Menu Discussion Group. It is a place for all fans of Manu’s Menu to discuss the blog and Italian cooking in general! Make sure to join it!
I have also finally opened a YouTube Channel, so make sure to subscribe!
By the way… this is my Most Pinned recipe EVER!
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So, which was your MsM’s favourite recipe this year?
Once more I want to thank all of you for your love and support during these last 8 years!! Here is to many more!!!
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