Happy New Year!

Best wishes for 2016 for you and your loved ones.

Wow, 2015 sure went by fast. I started this blog in November 2014 mainly as a try-out for myself to see if I could commit myself to regular posting of my kitchen experiments. Sacrifices had to be made (less binge watching TV series and starting every meal 1 minute later because I need to take a picture), but with almost 80 posts under the belt I think it worked out well.

It was also triggered by my new server that had an option for WordPress hosting. After about 50 posts for a very limited audience (due to a faulty setting I accidentally only wrote for myself for the first couple of months… 😅), I decided to really “launch” in August by redesigning the blog, adding an own URL (arcisfoodblog.com) and opening a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/arcisfoodblog).

Without doing any promotional stuff, the response already was beyond what I had expected: over 860 views from 450 visitors from 38 countries! I really love the geographic spread; most of them were from the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA, but even people from Madagascar, Oman and Zambia visited my blog!

The 5 most popular post for 2015 were:

  1. Mac ‘n Cheese by Marco Pierre White (67 views)
  2. “Rochefort 10” ice cream and Strawberry ice cream (24 views)
  3. Marcella Hazan’s Ragu Bolognese (23 views)
  4. Soufflé Cheesecake (a.k.a. Japanese Cotton Cheesecake) (21 views)
  5. Around the world… Bali – The local food (part 1) (20 views)

I was not totally happy with the layout of the site, so did another makeover last week. I hope you like it and see you around in 2016!

PS. Kudos to Barilla for their brilliant Happy New Year ad which I had to crop to fit on the site. Here is the full picture:


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