You wouldn’t know it, but I turn one today. Well actually that’s not technically true. My BLOG turns one today. It’s my blog-aversary and I should be celebrating! The great big internet is littered with defunct food blogs that were abandoned by the information superhighway roadside in under a year, so to me, it’s an accomplishment getting this far. Here I am, one year later, still blogging strong. Stronger still than I was when I started, as I have learned so much in the last year, not only from blogging, but from the people I have met and interacted with because of Eat the Love. And for my one year anniversary post, I will not be blogging about food so much as talking about a virtual bake sale that I am participating in, to benefit the Japanese Earthquake Victims.
I originally had thought I should bake a birthday cake to celebration this momentous occasion, or a quickie birthday strawberry shortcake (like the picture above) or perhaps bake a pie, as today is Pie Day (March 14 or 3.14). But, like last year, I did not bake a pie for today, because I didn’t feel like celebrating.
It’s hard to celebrate and give yourself a pat on the back for accomplishing something that seems insignificant like blogging for a year. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m actually proud of what I have accomplished in the past year, and what this blog has done for me. I never would have quit my job, never would have met some amazing people and never would have imagined all wonderful things that I would end up doing, all because of this blog.
But with everything that is going on in the world – specifically the tragic earthquake in Japan, it’s hard to want to celebrate anything.
I love food blogging. I really do. But it feels wrong to write about how “Deliciously yummy this cake I made is!” when the death toll in Japan continues to rise and a potential nuclear crisis is imminent. And yes, I know these aren’t things that most food bloggers talk about (and in truth, I would never use the words “deliciously yummy” anyway, I learned that in the past year!). But I feel like I can’t ignore it.
That’s why this post isn’t the “Yay! I’ve been around for a year!” post. Instead I’m going to ask something of you, my readers and friends (I consider anyone that takes the time out of their lives to read this blog a friend). My friend Sabrina over at The Tomato Tart is organizing a virtual bake sale to help the victims over in Japan. All proceeds will go to The American Red Cross and/or Doctors Without Borders. There will be an auction for items over at her website on March 30, 2011, and the winner will have their baked goods shipped directly to them from the producer. Won’t you help her out by participating in the bake sale?
You don’t have to be food blogger to participate. You can either bid on an item or you can donate a baked good. Just contact Sabrina over at The Tomato Tart and tell her you want to help out. She’ll send you the details.
I’m working on some Salted Blood Orange Spiced Caramels to donate for the auction. I haven’t perfected it yet, but if you must know, the ingredients just might include cinnamon, black peppercorn, homemade candied lemon and blood orange peels, crème fraiche, lots of blood orange juice and a generous sprinkling of Himalayan Pink Salt. You can see a picture of it below. That’s the test batch and AJ already declared it “Whoa. That’s tasty” worthy. Once it’s perfected and the batch is auctioned off, I’ll be sure to share the recipe with you all.
The food blogging community is a pretty amazing community. Having met a number of food bloggers in the past year (both in the real world, and virtually through this blog, through Facebook and through Twitter) I have come to realize that they are generous people with huge hearts, and it’s what makes me proud to be a part of that community. From rallying around a fellow food blogger who’s house burnt down, to organizing a national bake sale to raise fund to combat childhood hunger, the food blogging community is there for people when they need it most. And from all the heartbreaking news I keep on reading, Japan needs it right now.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks for stopping by this little virtual corner of mine for the past year. My thoughts and prayers go out to Japan.
[UPDATE: Please vist The Tomato Tart's post for more information about participating in the virtual bake sale. In addition, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, there will be a number of real life bake sales where you can donate or volunteer with baked good organized by Samin over at Ciao Samin. The bake sales are currently scheduled in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland on April 2nd, 2011. Please contact her if you would like to volunteer or donate your time. I will be at the San Francisco one, with some sort of baked good to sell.]