Parting Notes…Stats…and the Round-Up.
What a trip! I’m breathless. I’m exhilarated. And, yes, I’m ready to move on. With twice-a-week posts to support this event, I haven’t had the time to enter some of your challenges and, except for a few random posts, do much else here. My draft folder is full and begging to be published.
However, the response was so favorable and many of you expressed sadness at the end of the event so we may do this again. Next time, we’ll take a different route and perhaps change it up some…but not right now. Not for a while.
Meantime, thank you, merci, grazie, gracias, danke, dzieki, etc. to all of you who kept me company along the way — especially to those of you who participated in the round-ups and helped make this such a successful event. Thanks also to my arm-chair readers and commentators. All of you played a valuable role as well and I’m grateful. This was a real community event. I hope besides entertaining and informing, it benefited the BloggerAid organization. When we started the tour, they had about 100 members. Today, 3 months later, they have 230. I am in NO WAY taking credit for that increase — the administrators and many of the members have been working tirelessly to bring awareness to the effort — but I do hope A Culinary Tour Around the World helped in some small measure.
A few statistics about the event:
• We visited 13 countries.
• We presented about 130 recipes.
• My most constant travelmate was Cindystar. One entry separated her and Brii. You gotta love those Lake Garda gals…I do!
• Russia garnered the most comments.
• France, Portugal and Russia tied for the most blogger entries.
• FOODalogue received about 450 comments!
And, now, the round-up for the Deep South.
Abigail from Mamatouille in Japan joined us at a few stops. For The Deep South, she offers up her “Georgia Peach” 91-year-old grandmother’s recipe for black eyed peas. She serves this with corn bread and turnip greens.
Val of More Than Burnt Toast in British Columbia, Canada entertained us at many stops on the tour with her imaginative virtual adventures. This time it was New Orleans where she got the inspiration for “Low Country Crab Cakes” served with corn maque choux and remoulade sauce. She also made a Red Velvet cake, but she didn’t send us a piece.
Brii, in Lake Garda, Italy, chose to go the ‘creole’ route for this destination and prepared an interesting roast lamb with black beans. She also made cornbread. Brii says her family is going to miss her once-a-week culinary experiments…and FOODalogue is going to miss Brii!
Rachel, our Crispy Cook in Schuylerville, NY, made a gluten-free sweet potato pudding. It had all the goodness and concentration of the potato without the distraction from a crust. And it apparently was appealing to more than the family.
Holly of El Hajii in Honolulu did a Southern barbecue smoking up various cuts of pork, prime ribs and salmon, all of which were rubbed down with a beautiful looking spice mix before hitting the heat. You’ve got to check out the process on her blog. Presented here is a pulled pork sandwich.
And, last but not least, my constant travel companion, Cindystar of Lake Garda, Italy. Cindy helps end this tour with these beautiful Mint Julep cocktails made with champagne…so cleverly presented in front of an Uncle Sam hat.
I take a glass and toast all of you!
Over and out.