Take 7 — A Tripbase project

Being a rum­mager by nature, I was thrilled to be nom­in­ated by Jeanne from the hugely suc­cess­ful blog Cook­S­ister to revisit seven of my pre­vi­ous posts. It’s part of Take 7, the inter­net pro­ject that invites blog­gers to dust down seven old posts and drag them into the light. The cat­egor­ies are these: most pop­u­lar post, most con­tro­ver­sial, most help­ful, a post whose suc­cess sur­prised you, a post that didn’t get the atten­tion it deserved and finally, the post you’re most proud of.

As I took a meta­phor­ical pitch­fork to Eggs On The Roof’s hay­stack in search of those seven sil­ver needles, I unearthed all kinds of retro treas­ures I’d for­got­ten that I owned. I hope you enjoy my vin­tage finds…

MY MOST POPULAR POST

One of my most pop­u­lar posts is my dis­cov­ery of the pink eld­er­flower bush that pro­duced pink eld­er­flower cor­dial. But just nudging it out of the way to take first prize is my slightly per­verse attempt to make a chocol­ate pal­impsest. The whole pal­impsest saga was a rather daft lit­er­ary joke. As my chil­dren will tell you slightly des­pair­ingly, lit­er­ary jokes are the kind I love best. They say I’m in a minor­ity of one, but I think the pop­ular­ity of the post has proved them wrong.

MY MOST CONTROVERSIAL POST

In its truest sense, con­tro­versy is some­thing that opposes the norm. That being the case, my most con­tro­ver­sial post could be my Black Olive Chocol­ate Truffles. Olives and chocol­ate shouldn’t go together, should they? But if you’re an Italian politi­cian you may have found my post When Not In Florence slightly more con­tro­ver­sial. Read­ers cer­tainly seemed hor­ri­fied by my fight with a spurned Italian MP who threw me out of his car in the middle of a busy roundabout.

MY MOST HELPFUL POST

My most help­ful posts have been those that encour­age read­ers to make things that sound dif­fi­cult but are as easy as can be — like my DIY miso soup or my home-made cream cheese. The irony is that the recipe for cheese is the easi­est for­mula you will find any­where on Eggs On The Roof.

THE POST WHOSE SUCCESS SURPRISED ME

I’m still sur­prised by the huge pop­ular­ity of my post titled Plum Jelly and Hot Baths, in which I bemoaned the lack of hot water in my house while mak­ing plum and chili jelly. I freely admit that I am an incom­pet­ent gardener and my post about my miser­able straw­berry har­vest seems to have cap­tured an audi­ence that shares my fail­ings. Either that, or you all feel sorry for me.

THE POST THAT DIDN’T GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVED

I’ve always had a fond­ness for my slightly tax­ing post Exer­cises in Scones. It didn’t get the atten­tion it deserved, but as one vis­itor to the post com­men­ted, it gave her a head­ache! My post With Love From Lovage deserved more atten­tion than it got, for its cru­cial con­clud­ing para­graph — how to make drink­ing straws out of lovage stems. How have you man­aged without them all this time?

One of the first posts I ever wrote was about my glam­our­ous grand­mother, Peggy, and her rice pud­ding. I’d love her to get a little more atten­tion — being the life and soul of the party, so too, I’m sure, would she!

THE POST I AM MOST PROUD OF

The post I’m most proud of has to be my story about green gazpacho and blue bor­age Ice. It was a cre­ation that stemmed from a fleet­ing glimpse in New York and turned into some­thing rather beau­ti­ful, I think. But given that today is the sev­enth anniversary of my won­der­ful mother’s death, I would like to nom­in­ate my post On Mother’s Day as the one that I am quietly proud of. It is hon­est, simple and, most import­ant of all, it’s from the heart.

So that’s my little vin­tage pop-up shop.….. I now nom­in­ate Pas­cale from the beau­ti­ful Extra-Relish, Jamie from the sump­tu­ous Life’s a Feast and Mary from the quirky Mrs Miniver’s Daugh­ter to do some rum­ma­ging of their own.