As 2016 reaches its crescendo and we confront the past week’s washing up pile, we’ve had a look at the most popular posts for the past year. Can you guess what topped the list?
A year in review
There were raspberry fools for April Fools Day, meat souffles, curried bananas, SO MANY SAUSAGES!! at TedX (seriously, there were so many sausages!!), ginger and cardomom, cayenne peppers, we went hunting for chow-chow, baked bread, chomped on spinage, chugged cider, collared eels and explored the diets of the women who called the Destitute Asylum at the Hyde Park Barrack home.
We looked at salt and pepper, bone plates, folded lotus napkins, went to harvest festivals at Rouse Hill and Elizabeth Farm, and wrapped up the year with puddings, puddings and more puddings. In May our book Eat Your History – Stories and recipes from Australian kitchens was highly commended in the National Trust 22nd Annual Heritage Awards! We welcomed guest authors Mel Flyte and Kim Connor, and bade farewell to fellow curator Helen Curran.
Our own favourite posts
What were our favourite posts? For Jacqui highlights were Mrs Sarantides’s humble susou-ka-kia meatballs being served at The Sydney Opera House for TedX, sampling eel cooked in paperbark at Elizabeth Farm’s Eel festival, which celebrated that house’s rich indigenous heritage, and then exploring the Australian International Exhibition of 1879-80 in its ill-fated garden palace as part of Jonathan Jones’s barrangal dyara (skin and bones) Kaldor Art Project 32:
For me I think it was going off in search of the elusive ginger preserve chow-chow, while the post that generated the most conversation from colleagues in corridors was on the ‘best ever table gadget’ – grape scissors.
Cooking with spinage was my close runner up, if anything because it had a cartoon of Maria de’ Medici professing her admiration for the leafy green, and because we actually served it at the dining table:
So what were our most popular posts in 2016? Student hunger (boom-tish! I’m here all week, try the veal) for information on convict life brought in a plate of hominy from 2013’s convict breakfast, along with First Fleet Fare.
And the most popular post? Yes, for the 3rd year in a row and to our continuing amusement, it’s How to sterilise a jam jar!