Food Blog Review 2021

The end of the year is approaching and it’s time to take a look back at 2021, a special year for me because it’s the first full year I’ve spent as a blogger. I’ve learned so much this year and my blog has evolved incredibly! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have followed me over the past few months.

When I read the call from Steffen and Sabrina, authors of Feed Me Up Before You Go Go, to publish their year in review Foodblogbilanz 2021 by answering the following questions, that I wanted to share with you my impressions as well of the year that is coming to an end.

Food Blog Review 2021
My Christmas brunch decoration 2021

1. What was your most successful blog post in 2021?

My most successful article in 2021 was my article Baked Feta Pasta, the viral recipe from TikTok. After only a few days, my recipe was placed at the very top of Google searches just by typing “baked feta pasta” or “feta pasta”.

This was a big surprise for me because I published this recipe relatively late as this TikTok trend had already started in January.

Baked Feta Pasta, TikTok's viral recipe
Baked Feta Pasta, TikTok’s viral recipe

2. What three of your own blog posts from this year have meant the most to you personally?

  1. My recipe for Veggie Spiral Tarte with Parmesan because I put all my heart into it, as much by cooking it as by filming it and I was largely rewarded because it got more than1 million views and 94,000 likes on TikTok.
  2. My recipe for Broccoli, Feta and Lemon Pasta “Zero Waste” because as the name of the recipe indicates, it is a zero waste recipe and I would like to develop this category of recipes, more environmentally friendly.
  3. My recipe for Healthy and Crispy French Fries that are shaped exactly like the fries my grandmother used to make – and still does – for me!

3. And what three articles from other blogs have inspired you the most?

  1. Hald Baked Harvest ‘s grilled artichoke pasta inspired my recipe for Artichoke, Pesto and Burrata Pasta.
  2. Gourmandiseries ‘ graphic rhubarb tarte recipe that inspired my Geometric Rhubarb Tart recipe.
  3. The recipe for Pizza Bagels inspired by Zucker, Zimt, Liebe.

4. Of the recipes you published in 2021, which one did you prepare most often yourself – and why?

Without hesitation my Geometric Rhubarb Tart! I ate it all spring and summer.

5. What kitchen or blogging problem has been on your mind in 2021? And did you solve it?

This year, I’ve been very interested in video to help my readers better understand the recipes. I’ve put myself in all of your shoes, and I know I like to see a video before I start a recipe to make sure I understand the steps and possibly the techniques of the recipe.

After many failures, my camera falling right on my finished recipe, I almost gave up. However, I have been constantly testing different formats and methods for filming my recipes. In the last few months, I finally found my style and technique.

My YouTube channel is still relatively small but my TikTok account has taken off.

6. What was your greatest culinary discovery of the year – what food, recipe, cooking technique, or taste opened up a whole new world to you?

The kaki or persimmon, a beautiful (re)discovery thanks to my cooperation with the D.O.P. Kaki Ribera Del Xúquer. For example, I posted this recipe for Lentils with Roasted Kaki with Thyme that everyone liked, especially the idea of roasting the persimmon with thyme.

7. What was the best (or funniest) search term that visitors came to your blog by?

The top search term that visitors came to my blog by was simply “tiktok recipe”.

8. What do you wish for yourself and your blog in 2022?

First of all, I have a big project ahead of me as I am getting a new kitchen in January 2022. I will of course share this adventure with you, show you how I organize my closets etc.

Maybe I’ll even shoot some videos in my kitchen. Stay tuned and don’t hesitate to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss my projects and, of course, my next recipes.

See you soon,

Geraldine