What would your list of your twelve favourite food blogs look like? It was more challenging than I thought to create a roster of one’s top dozen sites.
The charming blogger, Ewa, of Delishhh gave me a “Sunshine Award”. She blogs from not-too-distant Seattle, is careful in creating good posts, and features some unusual examples of Swedish cuisine among her many recipes, so I really do enjoy her site. Ewa and I share a fondness for lingonberries (give them a try, people), but I did not expect such a nice compliment out of the blue. Thank you, Ewa!
While I had noticed these cheerful badges on some blogs, I had not given much thought to the award. I now know more about the Sunshine Award. When one receives an award, she or he must:
1. Nominate 12 bloggers.
2. Put the award logo onto the sidebar or within a post.
3. Link the nominees within that post.
4. Let the nominees know they’ve received this award by commenting on their blogs.
5. FInally, link to the person from whom one has received this award
At first, I thought this seemed a bit like a chain letter or an online counterpart. For my younger readers, chain letters were sent via “snail mail” in “hard copies”. The letters arrived in something called “envelopes”. The enclosed printed epistles urged recipients to make 12 photocopies and send them to 12 people in order to have good luck and avoid doom n’ disaster. However, the Sunshine Award does not appear to have a dark side or any threatening aspect. The award is all about sunshine and love, right?
I decided to focus on food blogs, either exclusively or, at least, in part, on gustatory topics. I also chose to highlight those sites which are not the big-name-celebrity-chef-baker-or-amateur-cooks-who-have-made-it-so-big-in-the-blogospere-that-they-have-book-and/or-movie-deals. (Tired of my excessively hyphenated adjectives yet?) As this honour is completely subjective – as opposed to some objective criteria for blog awards?!? – I wanted to include blogs by good friends as well as those of people I have never met except via blogging.
Here are my nominees: Continue reading