Happy New Year, dear readers! I have to admit I am happy to welcome 2015 and anxious to start this new page of our lives. Last year started with a tragedy for our family when we lost our beloved sister and friend but it also presented incredible opportunities for me personally, for which I am forever grateful. 2014 was a year for impossible lows and unbelievable highs. Looking back I can hardly believe it happened but I am learning to recognise that life is not a film script and doesn’t come painted in black and white colours. Beauty is often tangled up in heart-wrenching circumstances and wisdom is being able to see and appreciate it.
2014 was also an exciting year for Vikalinka. I started this blog at the time when I didn’t have a steady job and needed something to occupy and challenge myself. I turned to something that came naturally, something I knew well and what brought me much joy-cooking. I didn’t set out to get popularity or turn Vikalinka into a job but the little blog grew steadily and turned into something more than just a sum of our family dinners.
It’s important to look back and reflect and what better time than the end of a year to do it. Brad asked me the other day what was the most important aspect for me in blogging out of cooking, writing and photography. It was a tough question but in the end cooking had to take it. Vikalinka is a Food Blog and will always be about creative and healthy food…food for your everyday life however busy it is.
I am so happy to share with you top 10 Vikalinka recipes of 2014. You didn’t vote on these but I chose them based on pageviews in my stats and, of course, Pinterest re-pins. I am beyond thrilled that the top 2 are Russian recipes. After all, one of my goals from the start was to make delicious Russian food known. I think I am getting there!