It’s Modest Munchies 3rd Blogiversary! 3? What? Where has the time gone! I started this blog a few months after the birth of my son (AKA cookie monster). My husband’s idea, he thought it would be good to keep my mind active while being a stay at home mum. We came up with a name, he set it up and we were both excited. It wasn’t something I was serious about though. That’s all changed. I had planned to get this blog up and going again but between studying, getting pregnant and just everything in general it’s been hard. Here I am though, back with a vengeance and blogging like it.
I had plans of making a special cake to celebrate as well as doing a tutorial to go along with it, but life gets in the way sometimes. Between looking after 2 kids, a husband and running a household, blogging isn’t at the top of my priority list. But rest assured this is something I am extremely committed to and plan to stay on top of.
Sometimes I find it hard to believe that there’s people out there that actually read my blog, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching it grow, to see more and more of you read the posts and even try my recipes. This blog was just meant to be something to keep me busy, but it’s become so much more to me and I hope it can continue to grow and prosper (God Willing).
I have some news I want to share. This may not be huge by any means, but just something I’m a little excited about. I’m not sure if many of you have noticed but if you look at the bottom of my photos, you’ll see the watermark ‘modestmunchies.com’.
If you look at your browser, it says something different, doesn’t it? I have planned for a long time to move to my own site and with the help of some tech people it looks like this plan is finally coming into fruition. Not only will my blog be on it’s own domain, it’ll also be completely revamped.
Here’s a sneak peak.
What do you think?
Aside from a new and improved site, I will be starting a new section on the blog called ‘Modest Mummy’. Being a mum and a qualified teacher, I am constantly trying to find ideas and activities so I thought I’d share these with you. The blog will no longer just be recipes, I’ll be broadening it to include crafts and activities, cleaning and organisation and some other general tips and thoughts.
I hope I don’t lose any of you in my big move to my own domain, my tech people are ensuring they move all of you along with me. So keep a lookout for my new site as well the Modest Mummy posts, it’ll all be heading your way soon, in shaa Allah.
Here’s a recipe I’ve had tucked away from way back in Jan, Spinach and Ricotta tartlets. Spinach and ricotta has got to be one of my favourite savoury flavour combinations, I love it in tart form, in a pie and my absolute favourite would have to be spinach and ricotta cannelloni. Give this recipe a try if you’re a lover of spinach and ricotta too.
Spinach and Ricotta Tartlets
1 big handful baby spinach
pinch of salt
1/2 cup parmesan/tasty cheese (finely grated)
3 sheets puff pastry
Pre heat oven to 200c and lightly spray 2 muffin pans. Use an 8cm round cutter to cut circles from the pastry (8 pieces from each pastry sheet). Firmly press pastry circles into muffin pans and pierce each piece a few times with a fork (piercing the pastry ensures it does not rise more than necessary). Place muffin trays into the oven. In the meantime, finely chop the spinach and place in a bowl with ricotta, egg and salt, give this a good stir and set aside. Remove pastry from the oven once lightly golden (about 6-10 mins) and place half a tablespoon of the spinach and ricotta mixture into each pastry tart, top each tarlet with a little of the grated cheese and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
These spinach and ricotta tartlets make a great starter or snack, crispy on the outside and smooth and delicious on the inside. Enjoy!
I’m sorry, I have been on a serious hiatus! I can’t believe the last time I posted was in January. Between completing my Post Grad in Teaching and just the hustle and bustle of everyday life I just haven’t been able to get back onto the blog. I am back for now though.
There’s a few posts I’ve had stored away, they’ll be coming your way in the next few weeks. I have a few new ideas and additions I’d like to put up on the blog. I’m hoping, God willing, I can keep up this time. Hope you’re all still hanging around to join me for the ride
Happy New Year. Hope you all had a great time. New Year’s is always a busy time for us, my son’s birthday falls on New Year’s day and our Wedding anniversary follows the day after. This year we celebrated the little man’s birthday and our anniversary in Melbourne, it was tiring to say the least. We visited the Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Museum, we also went on a tonne of tram rides and on a horse driven cart as well. We did a walk through of the Queen Victoria Market and a few other shopping spots. We also ate and ate and ate, hubby mainly ate food, I did too, plus cake, lots of cake, and then some more. Needless to say, my first resolution for 2013 is a detox, and hopefully some weight loss too.
For now, let’s have a look back into Modest Munchies year of food blogging, these are the top 5 posts for 2012.
If you loved those posts or would like to check them out, click on a link below (clockwise, from top left):
Eid Dessert Table
Soccer Ball Cake
Red Velvet no mixer Cupcakes
Ferrero Rocher Macarons
I hope to bring you much more this coming year, here are my food blog resolutions for 2013:
1. More food recipes.
2. Lighter dessert recipes.
3. Healthy/wholesome food recipes.
4. Shaped macarons.
5. Better photography.
6. A new improved site.
7. More interaction on Social Media.
8. To post more often and more consistently.
9. To host giveaways and competitions.
10. To blog more than just recipes (ie, product trials, reviews)
I’m sure there’s a few more that I can’t think of at the moment, but I think those 10 are good to work towards for the moment. To a new year and more food blogging, hope you’ll come along for the ride.
Modest Munchies in the making. Stay tuned for some modest but interesting recipes…