BEST OF 2007 at Maninas: Food Matters

best of 2007

Zorra of Kochtopf and Sandra of Un tocco di Zenero are hosting a foodblogging event Best of 2007. My first thought was ‘What a fantastic idea’, and the second ‘Gosh, what a difficult choice’!

If I look at the list of my ‘Top posts’, this is the list (of recipes) at the moment:

Top posts:

These posts are also always very popular:

  • Croatian Roast Lamb on the Spit, or the village of Gangentine!
  • Christmas cake recipe!!!
  • sdafsdf

    But what, for me, is the best recipe I blogged this year? This is a very hard choice indeed…. Is it Catalan Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Almonds  or Nigerian Red Kidney Bean Stew with a Peanut Sauce – Itiakiet Stew, both of which had ‘in thrall’ for weeks? Or Kat’s Chicken Curry? The curry has the advantage of being a novelty, and it embodies my huge love for Indian flavours, as well as all I’ve learnt about Indian food this year. All in all, this has been a wonderful few months of blogging, and I made many amazing discoveries in the world of food. I enjoyed all of it thoroughly.

    Apart from the discoveries , it has also given me the immense pleasure of being creative with this newfound knowledge. For this reason, I have to choose one of my own recipes which, apart from it’s amazing flavour, summarises what is the best of 2007 for me, and that this year meant to me in terms of food. The title of the post is –  inspired: grilled halloumi with red chili, basil, lime juice and olive oil dressing (pictured below). The key word is: INSPIRED. I was hugely inspired by the combination of flavours and ingredients. This simple recipe has it all: chilies, which I can hardly live without nowadays; basil, which is an amazing herb; lime juice for the sour taste that I’ve become addicted to; and olive oil, which is an old comforting (family) friend, omnipresent in Dalmatian cooking (and used a little excessively by my Dad,  to put it mildly). It also has tomatoes, one of my favourite vegetables, so versatile and so delicious whether cooked or raw; and halloumi, a type of mild Cypriot cheese, which is one of the discoveries I made this year. To summarise, this recipe represents the year 2007 for me because of the following: INSPIRATION, BOLD FLAVOURS, DISCOVERIES, EXPERIMENTATION.

    Also, what’s not ‘the best’ about these amazing flavours? 🙂


    And what do you think, my dear readers? What is the best recipe on this blog, according to you? I look forward to your answers immensely!


    grilled halloumi with red chili, basil, lime juice and olive oil dressing

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    1. yummmm… i adore halloumi. yo could also send this post to nupur.


    2. dalmatinka u chicagu

       /  24 December, 2007

      I found your blog searching for the recipe for fritule, and it looks like you’ll save my day tomorrow. i am going to friend’s place for a traditional dinner of bakalar (smoked cod) and he would love me to bring fritule. well, i didn’t know how to make them and i am probably the only person who doesn’t like them., so i can’t try and see when they are good. i called my mom and she gave me the usual ‘precise’ croatian instructions – little bit of flour, little bit salt, cook until done.
      i’ll let you know how it turned out. sretan bozic!


    3. It is Xmas Eve here, and time for me to wish all of my blog friends a wonderful time with family and friends tomorrow. May it be a peaceful and blessed day where we can give a lot of joy to those around us. Have a great day.


    4. Hey Babe … Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .

      Love the halloumi 🙂


    5. Merry Christmas! I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful day and also best wishes for 2008.

      x Nora


    6. I don’t know how you could possibly choose…And I am no help at all!
      so many wonderful foods..
      Oh Well, relax and have a Merry Christmas!


    7. Happy 2008! Here’s to more great food posts!!


    8. I think you captured it in a nutshell with those 4 words! Happy new year to you!


    9. This looks delicious! I’m a huge fan of haloumi and kasseri, they made for the best fajitas last year 🙂



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