A blogging birthday!

Mince and Skirlie is one year old this week! Happy birthday to us! It’s been a busy, eventful year full of great food, awesome drinks, good restaurants (and a few bad ones) and a lot of fun.

I love writing this blog but even more I love the fact that other people enjoy reading it.

Thanks to everyone who reads the recipes, reviews, thoughts and rubbish that I post and a special thanks to those of you that take the time to let me know what you think in the comments section!

Some stats for the first year:

There’s been 113 posts across 7 categories with 655 tags and 187 comments.

The blog’s had 9460 views with the busiest day being 530 views on August 8th (a massive, stumbleupon boosted record).

Average hits per day is 31.

The most popular recipe on the blog is for stovies.


Atlantis at The Mariner – leaving my twenties behind

My twin brother and I turned 30 on Wednesday. Don’t think that’s quite sunk in yet. Putting aside our grief for lost youth we’d arranged a family meal at Atlantis, the restaurant attached to the Mariner Hotel on Great Western Road, Aberdeen. I used to live near this restaurant and had been eyeing it up for a few years, waiting for an excuse to give it a go. A fully booked first choice (The Tolbooth) was the excuse we needed.
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I’ve got a wee cough

I turn 30 next week. While this isn’t the disaster some people would think it is, it’s a great excuse to take the week off. There will be no big updates or recipe posts for a week but all being well I should have lots to go up when I return to the blog.

The first of those updates should be the result of the first stage in The Inspiration Chain, the closing date is technically Friday but I won’t be checking it until Tuesday and I’ll post up the recipient of the book then. There’s still time to enter!

We’re off to Kinloch Rannoch for a few days and I’ll have my camera with me so expect a post all about that. Then when I return I’m going for a special birthday dinner before hitting the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival at the end of the week. Once the hangover clears from that I’ll post up reports from both.