HI Cookery is 2!

April 11: HI Cookery Blog Anniversary

Wow! Thank God for helping us persevere and reach our second year of food blogging and “cooking the calendar” with ethnic and eclectic recipes. Although we are not able to post every single day, we make an effort to do so at least once a week. Today, in lieu of a recipe, we reflect on HI Cookery’s second blog-o-versary (April 11, 2011-2012).

Domain Name. HI Cookery went from https://hicookery.wordpress.com to http://www.hicookery.com. Thanks to Islander’s brother, Kahuna B., who gifted us with the domain name on our wedding anniversary last July 13.

Guest Chefs. Family and friends gave us a hand (literally!) by cooking for us and we have gratefully included their recipes—and photos of their hands—on our tutorials.

Lots of Links. HI Cookery is honored to be associated with the following sites:

  • LeapZeum – We tested the recipe for Leap Year Day Cake. It is simply sweet and would make a nice birthday cake for the Leapers.
  • M5 Cake – Islander has a new baking and blogging buddy—Margarita F. at M5 Cake. She is a fellow member at the local cake club in South Texas. They teach each other how to make macarons and frosted sugar cookies, share recipes and resources and get together to learn more about cultural cuisines. See all her amazing cookies, cakes and confections at her site at M5 Cake.
  • MacTweets – We participate in the macaron-making challenges and get ideas and inspiration from talented MacTweeters from around the world.
  • Pinterest – People who found HI Cookery’s recipes interesting have “pinned” and “re-pinned” our food photos onto their online bulletin board. Thanks for the publicity and the positive blog traffic!

Yes, it has been another busy year of blogging, but we are encouraged by the support of family, friends and followers to continue our goal of cooking our way through every day. As HI Cookery begins our third year, we are committed to sharing more of our culinary and cultural experiences with everyone via the blogosphere.

Tapadh leat! Mahalo! Thanks!

Highlander and Islander

Notes

  • As of today’s second blog-o-versary date, there have been 326 posts published, with Cookie Monster Cupcakes still being the most viewed for the second year in a row!
  • Although we bought a new digital camera (Sony Cyber-Shot) this month, we still use Islander’s old one (also a Sony Cyber-Shot). The latter is battered from falling in batters! But Highlander took it apart, cleaned it and fixed the zoom button so we can continue to take photos for the step-by-step shots of our cooking process. We use his Canon Rebel digital camera for the final food photos.
  • We admire fellow food bloggers who are able to post recipes and photos more frequently than us. We especially like the sites that show how they cooked the dishes. Those tried-and-true tutorials are most educational—and motivational!
  • More recipes are scheduled to be posted.

HI Cookery is 1!

April 11: HI Cookery Blog Anniversary

Dia duit and aloha! We launched our blog on April 11, 2010, as a personal project to chronicle our cooking adventures, share recipes with family and friends and get experience in digital media. Instead of a recipe, this post is a reflection of our first year.

Maintaining a blog most definitely keeps us busy! It is a time-consuming process to shop for ingredients, “cook the calendar,” style and photograph various dishes, write about what the recipe means to us and do all the technical uploading to the site. Sometimes it is fun (we are especially encouraged by readers’ positive feedback) and sometimes it is frustrating (see our Food Flops page). We are amazed at how other food bloggers can maintain their sites so frequently as we realize that this hobby requires discipline! But HI Cookery is our labor of love.

We hoped to have better photography skills and added more video and audio features this past year. Islander’s little Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera has gone through a lot of abuse to photograph the cooking process; it has survived the stains and stickiness while she took step-by-step pictures for the visual tutorials. Highlander’s bigger Canon Rebel digital camera is older and bulkier but it served us well in capturing the final food shots, most especially when one of our photo entries for Ham and Leek Tarts was accepted into the highly-selective FoodGawker site. We thank Islander’s brother, Kahuna, who produced our first YouTube video for the Oreo Turkey Cookies and helped us post our first audio file for Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn.

Other HI Cookery blog supporters we want to acknowledge are Lisa L., our frequently mentioned friend, for sending us interesting international ingredients; the MacTweets network, a macaron-making community, for the opportunity of exchanging ideas in the blogosphere; our family and friends for sharing their food-related memories and recipes; co-workers and students for being guinea pigs eating our culinary creations; and our subscribers and readers for visiting and commenting. We thank you all for motivating us throughout our first year of food blogging.

We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far. Our main goal for the next year is to fill in the blanks in our new Cook the Calendar page. We look forward to trying more new recipes and sharing familiar favorites in future posts.  We appreciate everyone who has joined us in our journey of cooking and blogging. Have a happy cyberspace celebration with Highlander and Islander on HI Cookery’s first blog-o-versary!

Notes

  • As of today’s first blog-o-versary date, there have been 165 posts published, with Cookie Monster Cupcakes being the most viewed.
  • Our blog has challenged us to try “ethnic and eclectic” recipes and get out of our comfort zone. Cooking new dishes has broadened our tastes and enhanced our interests in cultural cuisines.
  • Several other recipe posts have been already scheduled. Sometimes we cook in advance to compensate for when our time is dedicated to work or travel. We try to post early on the food holiday or feast day, in case blog readers are inspired to cook the dish of the day and can plan ahead and prepare their menus accordingly.
  • Have any other food bloggers gained weight during their first year?!?! It sounds like a good excuse anyway to blame the blog!
  • All good things, like our blog, is made possible by the grace of God.