As much as I love Christmas itself and all its jollity, these days, the days in between Christmas and New Year which I almost always try to take as holiday, are probably my favourite days of the year. After all, it’s Friday lunchtime (I think) and I’m still in my pyjamas, watching an old Hitchcock movie on television and eating pancakes. How can anyone not love days like this?

I have found the blog pretty tough going at times this year but I am beyond glad that I persevered and I can look back on 2012 with a definite sense of pride in what I’ve built here. Thanks to the wonders of pinterest/foodgawker, my top two posts for this year were both actually posted in November 2011 (which suggests that maybe I should have upped my game in 2012) but I’ve been through my stats and dug out what were the 12 most popular posts that I wrote this year…

I always think that it’s strange (and almost impossible to predict) which posts are going to be popular. It is, quite clearly, not about having great pictures or saying anything particularly profound. There is probably some kind of magic formula somewhere but I think I’d rather just spend my days cooking what I want to eat and writing about whatever pops into my head than trying to work it out. On that note, I’ve also put together a list of my favourite 12 posts of the year. 
It’s funny, so many of these posts remind me of inconsequential moments that would otherwise go undocumented like making plate after plate of buckwheat gnocchi to try and perfect the recipe while watching the first matches of Euro 2012 on a Friday evening. Or the pasta with lemon and parsley and parmesan that I ate on the first hot weekend of the year with the sun streaming into our flat. Or sneaking bites of those hazelnut butter rice crispy treats during a training event at work. 

With Christmas over, thoughts inevitably turn to the new year. 2012 turned out to be such a mixed bag that I have absolutely no idea what 2013 has in store. There will be good times though, I’m pretty sure of that.

So, happy new year to all of you and I hope that 2013 brings you all that happiness that you could want.

31 Responses to "top 12 of 2012"
  1. Happy New year to you too Kathryn, all the best for 2013 xx

  2. I love this! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2013!

  3. Kavey says:

    A year of true deliciousness!

    I agree that it’s best not to worry about which posts will be popular but to simply make what you dream of making, and share what you feel like sharing.

    That’s what makes your blog so enjoyable, and keeps me coming back.

    Have bookmarked a couple I managed to miss during the year. :-)

  4. Megan says:

    Wow, so many wonderful recipes to try! Happy New Year, Kathryn!

  5. Shanna says:

    Happy almost New Year, Kathryn! I’m glad to have found you in 2012 and looking forward to what the next year brings. : )

  6. So glad I found your site this year! Looking forward to more goodies in 2013 : )

  7. So many good things and so much to look forward to. Happy New Year Kathryn, hope it’s a good one. :)

  8. It’s no secret that I LOVE your blog, but let me tell I’m more than glad you continuously wow us with your wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures. I’m so glad that I got to meet you in person at FBC this year :) I wish you a very happy new year!! I’m sure it will be fantastic!! xx

  9. Kasey says:

    I usually take the time between Christmas and New Year’s off, too, but this year am only managing to get in a few days…very much looking forward to my 2nd 4-day weekend in a row :) I’m very glad that you persevered through blogging…I know how challenging it can be! Here’s to a healthy, happy, and delicious New Year!

  10. Happy new year to you too Kathryn! What an absolutely gorgeous set of recipes-here’s to many more delicious things in 2013 :-)

  11. I agree – it’s impossible to predict what will be popular on a blog. The things i think will be largely unnoticed are the ones that get tons of comments/pins/etc. and the ones that i think will be off-the-charts popular are usually met with a more mediocre response. It’s fun to watch and see how things are received. Look forward to seeing what sorts of deliciousness you cook + bake in 2013!

  12. I have found blogging over the past week or two quite hard, it feels really disjointed and I haven’t been as proud of my posts. It’s difficult when you can’t even remember what day of the week it is. I’m looking forward to baking more spring themed recipes in the New Year. I love this countdown, it’s great to see all the favourites together. Have a great New Year’s Eve!

  13. You have such a gift at posting inspiring words, my dear! Happy New Year!!!

  14. bakingbeardy says:

    My favourite is definitely the lemon, parsley and Parmesan pasta – I make it all the time so thanks for sharing it with me!

  15. You had a bawd-aww year, lady!

  16. Wow, what a productive year! I don’t think I’ve posted as much in the past 12 months but I remember how satisfying it was to see a year’s worth of work lined up like this – well done!

  17. Happy New Year Kathryn and what a wonderful and very productive year you have had….with your LOVELY photos and lots of interesting posts, and one of my favourite blogs to visit! Karen

  18. Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is a stellar year for all of us :) I just posted a 12 in 2012 post too – it was nice to take the time and reflect on the past year, but also look forward to what the new year will bring!

  19. Lynna says:

    Happy New Year! I just found you blog about a month ago, so I`m loving this recap! I`ve already bookmarked some recipes!

  20. Nelly says:

    A very Happy New Year to you too!

    Such a lovely post and a great way to look over all the things you have done/achieved. Definitely makes me think I need to blog more! xx

  21. Joanne says:

    I am SO glad you persevered and hope for so much more deliciousness in 2013!! I have to say, my most viewed post is from 2011 also thanks to StumbleUpon, which is no longer very popular. What can you do?

  22. I just popped over to wish you a very happy New Year! Love Karen xxxx

  23. JulieD says:

    I love your blog and really really enjoy your gorgeous photography, Kathryn! Great choices for favorites!

    Hope you have a new year filled with happiness and good health!! xoxo

  24. Happy New Year, Kathryn. I hope this year brings much beauty and joy your way. xo

  25. Erin D. says:

    Happy New Year! :) Hopefully you don’t start back at work tomorrow. I do and I’m very grumpy about it. And it’s only one hour of work.

    My favorites are the pasta dishes. I don’t know why because I prefer sweets. You just make them look so good! Congratulations on a great year of blogging (even if it was hard at times)

  26. Happy NEw Year! If you find the magic formula for how things are so popular do let us know, I have a few posts that are off the charts and I cannot for the life of me figure out why.

    I love visiting here and am always happy to see some delicious new sweet, I am a sweet as opposed to savory dish eater. I am so happy that you stuck with your blog, it is fabulous!

    Looking forward to all of your adventures in 2013!


  27. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    Beautiful photographs Kathryn! What a beautiful way to sum up the year! Hope 2013 is a brilliant one for you, I can’t wait to see what it brings to your site

  28. Rose Marie says:


    I found your blog this year and have enjoyed making several recipes – really like the rum and ginger brownies, for example. I’d love to make the maderia cake, but I’m not good at figuring out the American equivalent amounts. Would it be possible for you to add them to that recipe?

    Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

  29. london bakes says:

    @Rose Marie – I’m so glad that you liked the recipes that you’ve tried. I’ve been back and added the US amounts to the recipe. I hope you like it :)

  30. I feel like it’s impossible to predict which posts will be popular too. But then looking back on which ones were popular is such a strange feeling. Like I knew they would be great? I don’t even know how to describe it. I love these kinds of roundups – All your pictures look wonderful and I see a few I haven’t seen before :)

  31. Rose Marie says:

    Thank you! I’m curious – do you use a table for the conversion or is this something people in the U.K. have learned to do because you switched back to metric? I find wonderful sounding recipes on the BBC Food site but often they don’t have both measurements. A batch of scones I tried to make were a disaster!!

    Weekend, here I come and maderia cake for breakfast!!

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