Today, Manu’s Menu turns 9! Happy 9 Year Blogiversary! I absolutely cannot 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 and peek at the 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 has been the second year that I have 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 about.
On another note, my book Homemade Pasta Made Simple is always 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 a lot. It lets me take very detailed pictures of food that looks better up close, like these Low Fodmap Cocoa Crinkle Cookies (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):
Low Fodmap Garlic Naan
Low Fodmap Satay Pork Meatballs
Low Fodmap Peri Peri Chicken
Lemongrass Salmon Skewers
Low Fodmap Mandarin Curd Shortbread Cookies
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 9 years!
The summary of this 9th 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 more than 5 million different people and it has a page view count of more than 12.6 million! I had never even dreamt that my blog would be read and followed by so many people all over the world!
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!
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 9th year… here they go in descending order! – Click on the picture for the recipe.
1. HONEY HARD CANDY
2. STICKY DATE PUDDING WITH BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE
3. CHICKEN SPRING ROLLS
4. HOME-MADE CREMA DI LIMONCELLO
5. COCO LOCO
7. BAKED GOATS CHEESE ROLLS WITH HONEY AND THYME
8. HOME-MADE CONDENSED MILK
9. LEFTOVER BUTTERCREAM COOKIES
10. CHICKEN KABSA
For the complete list of the recipes I have published, go to my Visual Archive.
These instead are my personal favourite recipes of 2019 (click on the image for the recipe):
Low Fodmap Moussaka
Low Fodmap Samosas
Low Fodmap Chicken Fajitas
Low Fodmap Lamb Kofte Kebabs
Low Fodmap Chicken Tikka
Low Fodmap Dandan Chicken
Garrapiñada de Mani
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 9 years!! Here is to a happy Blogiversary and to many more to come!!!
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