Retrospective: Looking Back on 2017

Wow what a year! 2017 has been a crazy one, and as per blog tradition I sat down on Boxing Day to put together a rundown of my favourite blog posts and memories of 2017. I love doing this as it gives me the opportunity to look back on the year that has passed (not just by doing my tax returns!), but I also think it is great for those of you who only found my blog this year to catch up on some highlights you may have missed. If you’ve got some time at home over the post-Christmas, pre-New Year quiet period and you fancy going on an even deeper dive into my archives, you can find my 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 posts here.

January 2017January

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Kyoto | Student Suppers: Greek Salad Lentil Bowl | Valentines Day Heart Shaped Strawberry Champagne Jellies | Roasted Almond, Tomato & Feta Five Grain Bowl | All About Your Asian Ingredients (And What To Use Them For) | Roast Aubergine with Anchovy, Walnuts & Parsley

February 2017

Places To Eat In Kent: The Wife of Bath, Wye | Places To Eat In London: Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell | Student Suppers: Roasted Tomato Mushroom Pesto Rice | Valentines Day Rhubarb & Blush Orange Fizz | Warm Roasted Vegetable Lentil Bowl with Herby Goats Yogurt | Student Suppers: Quick Curried Salmon with Cauliflower Rice

After spending a year or two back in Kent after university, February was the month when I moved back to London again, settling into a shared flat near Borough Market. It was awesome being back in the city (I was worried I’d not enjoy it as I was not a massive fan of living in London when I was a student) but I’m so glad I returned, and excited for my move into my next flat in a different part of town in the coming weeks.

March 2017

Places To Eat In London: German Gymnasium, King’s Cross | Places To Eat In London: Village East, Bermondsey | Student Suppers: Honey Spiced Chicken with Indian-style Veggies | Skinny Buttermilk Ranch & Crispy Bacon Wedge Salads | Places To Eat In London: The Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone | No-knead Rosemary Black Olive Loaf

April 2017

How To Spend A Sunny Sunday in Hoxton | Grapefruit, Basil & Black Pepper Gin and Tonics | Places To Eat In London: Firezza, Soho | Places To Eat In London: Island Poke, Soho | Student Suppers: Baked Eggs with Chickpeas, Tomato & Basil | 8 Podcasts I Like To Listen To In The Kitchen

May 2017

Korean Prawn Rice Bowl with Sesame Pak Choi | Places To Eat In London: Mac and Wild, Liverpool Street | Places To Eat In London: The Gladstone Arms, Borough | Places To Eat In London: The Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch | Easy Bruschetta Salsa | Places To Eat In London: The Stable, Whitechapel

June 2017

Places To Eat In London: Bun House, Soho | Places To Eat In London: Mamies, Covent Garden | Korean Honey Soy Rice Cakes

July 2017

Celebrating Percy Pig’s 25th Birthday | Steak with Pickled Jalapeño Relish | Barbecue Pesto Prawns with Pea, Feta & Avocado Salad

August 2017

Cocktails in the City, Summer Edition | Barbecue Pineapple with Coconut Rum Syrup | Places To Drink in London: Merchant House, The City | Places To Eat In London: Bala Baya, Southwark | Places To Eat In London: Duck & Waffle, Liverpool Street | Student Eats is Published Today + Hangover Cure Chilaquiles

August was a super exciting month for me, because my long awaited first cookbook, Student Eats was published at the beginning of the month. I’d been working on it for so long, it was amazing to finally be able to share it with people. I’ve loved seeing your recipe photos and getting your feedback since it was published (keep them coming!), and if you don’t already have one you can get your hands on a copy here

September 2017

Late Summer Soft Cheeseboard | Student Supper: Baked Eggs with Black Pudding & Potatoes | Places To Eat In London: Lupins, Borough | Signing Books + Cooking Live at the We Love Hythe Food Festival | Easy Almond & Apricot Sausage Rolls | Places To Eat In London: HotPot, Chinatown

October 2017

Sunny Autumn Afternoons in St. Malo | Places To Eat In Canterbury: The Naughty Egg | A Day On The Chilli Farm with Nix & Kix | Places To Eat In Manchester: Evelyn’s | Student Suppers: Tomato & Coconut Cassoulet | Mummified Cocoa Pops Treats

November 2017

Sunday Evenings at the Harry Potter Studio Tour | Places To Eat In London: Old Queen’s Head, Islington | Places To Eat In Canterbury: Wild Goose, The Goods Shed | Roast Mexican Chicken with Pumpkin & Pesto | Easy Apple & Cinnamon Hand Pies | Spicy Middle Eastern Lamb & Aubergine Nachos

December 2017

Pomegranate & Rosemary Spritz | Chocolate, Cherry & Cognac New Years Eve Clock Cake | Lunch at Auberge de la Cour Verte | Places To Eat In Canterbury: Chapter | Parmesan & Paprika Cocktail Stars | Judging Canterbury’s Christmas Windows 2017

As we prepare to ring in 2018 on Sunday, I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who follows along with me, cooks my recipes and follow my restaurant recommendations throughout the year, every year. I’ve got some fun new content and column ideas in the pipeline for the new year, so I hope you continue to stick around. So you don’t miss a thing, be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (where I’ll be putting some new content for the new year) and do subscribe to my newsletter, which I really hope to grow in 2018!