WOW! What a week, firstly I’m so excited to let you all know that your votes counted and I won UK Paleo Blogger of the Year 2017 and was runner up for Recipe of the Year for my carrot cake – HAPPY DANCE, HAPPY DANCE!!
Going through the judges comments regarding my website (for which I had a chest puffing out with pride moment) the feedback were just amazing to read, but me being me I obviously home in on the one negative comment, human nature I guess?!.
It has really hit me hard because never in my wildest dreams did I ever think to worry about this particular issue – the comment was ” The food pics looked v slick and professional but a bit TOO professional to make me want to attempt the recipes. And the initial ones I scrolled through were ALL sweet”.
Firstly, is this true? Do readers look at my pictures and feel they can’t make the recipe because it looks too difficult?? I really hope this not the case because I work so hard to ensure that my recipes are easy and very doable for the home cook who is both rushed for time or lacking in kitchen confidence. I really do hope that readers take time to look at the actual recipe and read through it and maybe they will see that although the photos are styled and look professional the recipes themselves are just so easy.
Take these mini tarts for instance, the base is not baked or a complicated pastry, it is simply a date and nut mixture that most people would roll up into ball and call an amazeball or energy ball. I have taken it a step further and squashed them into a mould. The filling is melted chocolate and coconut cream, blended together in the nutribullet then left to set in the fridge, nothing else to it. This is a recipe anyone could make at home with little hands as helpers and zero skill level required.
Secondly, I make sweet recipes and yes I totally agree they are gray area Paleo, but this is what readers look for when starting out and certainly when trying to keep a family on the straight and narrow. These are not every day treats and should never in any way replace good wholesome snacks and meals, but rather to offer an alternative to take to friends when asked to bring a pudding (a great way to show friends that you can eat healthy and enjoy a delicious pudding), or to send to school when the rest of the class is having cake.
Constructive criticism is really important, I so appreciated seeing all the comments both good and bad, and through this I have learned so much and I hope to bring you even better recipes in the years to follow. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that I would be the first UK Paleo Blogger of the Year. Six odd years ago when I was a housewife trawling through websites looking for alternatives to bake so I could send Kyra to school with a healthy alternative, did I EVER think I would run a blog let alone win any awards!! I was always and still am in awe of the amazing creations Paleo bloggers produce and I just love that there is a paleo-fied version of any favourite food available online if you just look for it.
Thank you to everyone for supporting all of us bloggers both in the UK and abroad, you keep us passionate and keen to come back to add another post or feel the need to up our photography game or recipe development or make general improvements to our blogs. Each post gets better as we go because we want to keep you and more importantly your families happy and healthy!!
I prefer to make these tarts over two days (as you can tell from the pictures) because I like the mousse to set overnight in the fridge so it will become really firm and easy to slice. It does take time to set so please do allow for it in your preparation calculations.