2016: A year in review

For a lot of us, 2016 was a difficult year in many aspects. But we don't want to dwell on the negative, lets focus on the good instead. Time to take a trip down memory-lane -- and see how all of this began!

July / August

Cake and Beans was born! It all started from a mutual frustation we were both feeling at that time. We're both very creative people, and we need an outlet for it. But in recent years, our work had become more work than play, which we didn't like, so we needed something to make us jump up from bed in the morning.

We needed something that was ours, that we controlled and were proud of.

After about a month of wondering, planning and test-shooting we finally launched our site at the end of August 2016. The very first blog post we wrote was apple and cinnamon oats. I hope you can agree with us that our development since then has been huuuuge. 

September

In September we really got going, and foodblogging became a natural part of our lives. We even developed and photographed some dishes with our friends at their countryside cabin. We published our pink froyo cake, Antons amazing mushroom risotto and the 5 min froyo that got a nomination at the Stockholm Food & Wine fair for best food picture. It didn't win, but we were really happy that our blog was getting some attention!

One of our own favourites the aubergine pizza got a lot of happy comments from you, and we have heard it has even become a Friday tradition in some households. High five! After making the pizza we immediately left for the airport and ended up eating the pizza on the train to the airport. Not so cozy as the pictures might make it seem, so much for the glamour of the blogging world.

Back then we still had a green backdrop that Anton didn't like and we later painted black. I thought it was super cute, but it was hard to use I admit, now we tend to aim for a more simple look/style.

Back then we still had a green backdrop that Anton didn't like and we later painted black. I thought it was super cute, but it was hard to use I admit, now we tend to aim for a more simple look/style.

October

Looking back in the archives of October I'm wondering, did we do anything else besides blog? We have so many amazing dishes that have become our, and your, favourites. We got so much love for our cauliflower pizza. And I can understand why, it is damn delicious! We're getting a sense that you love snack food, right? Another popular post was the blueberry pancakes and the chocolate milk that got, at that time, the most likes on Instagram we'd ever seen.

Since then our blueberry froyo cake has taken the lead with almost 600 likes. We hope we can break that record in 2017!

I remember taking these pictures and being so damn proud of how they turned out. It's fun to look back on our pictures and see how much we've grown and developed, and being able to see our progress -- but still finding that you're proud of the pictures you took many months ago (which feels like a lifetime ago by now).

I remember taking these pictures and being so damn proud of how they turned out. It's fun to look back on our pictures and see how much we've grown and developed, and being able to see our progress -- but still finding that you're proud of the pictures you took many months ago (which feels like a lifetime ago by now).

November

Busy, busy month. Not only were we planning to do a whole Christmas dinner, shot and written by the end of November (which we ended up finishing in December instead), we were also nominated as the best newcomer in the Finnish-Swedish blog awards. Which we won!

We were so so so happy, we heard so many positive comments and support from strangers, friends and readers, that we're slowly starting to believe we're doing something right, and just thinking about how short a time we've been running this blog makes us super excited for the future! It seems like theres an appetite (pun intended!) for easy, no fuss, vegetarian food. So a big thank you to you, dear reader, for supporting us thus far!

Ok, back to November - after winning the blog awards we published this mushroom sandwich, Anton created a new recipe that got a bunch of unexpected (and welcome!) hype: The vegan skagen, and Lotta wrote an ode to the rye bread. If you've ever wondered who does the more complicated stuff on our blog there's your answer!

There they are, the world famous vegetarian meatballs served with lingonberry sauce! Yum yum yum!

There they are, the world famous vegetarian meatballs served with lingonberry sauce! Yum yum yum!

December

December, aka Christmas food month! We were planning to take a week off during Christmas, and therefore had to prepare a lot of dishes a head of time. Needless to say, we were a bit tired from juggling both work, play and blogging, and one week in Mexico couldn't had come at a better time. (Check out this pasta, this super delicious soup and our snickers bars.)

A lot of great things happened in December, Huffington post shared our meatballs recipe (!!!) our quiche got chosen into the God Morgon cookbook (which will be released in January), Lotta turned 30, and we got engaged!!!!

There's been so much to celebrate this last month, and we still have to pinch ourselves to believe most of it actually happened. Well, not the turning 30 part, that I'm trying to forget. (Just kidding.) 

This past 6 months have proven to be hard and tough, but also extremely fun and empowering! Nothing has given us more enjoyment and filled us with more pride than our blog, and we can't wait to get started with 2017! We hope we can improve and make our little vegetarian corner of the internet better and better with each passing month. 

So thank you for reading our blog, and hopefully finding some value and enjoyment in what we do. We appreciate all the support and love we get from you, it really means the world to us!

Happy new year, let's make 2017 the best year ever!

Love,
Lotta & Anton