Four Years of Z’s Cup of Tea

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Four years of Z’s Cup of Tea! I remember when I couldn’t even fathom that number – and yet, here we are. Sometimes, it feels longer; other times it feels less than that. I need to pinch myself on occasion, figuratively speaking.

Like most people, I think, I trace my blog’s “birthday” to my very first post, published somewhere between October 31st and November 1st. I remember when I reached 100 blog subscribers and I remember where I was, too: in a San Francisco hotel room en route to Disneyland with my family.

Of course, the blog is older than from when I posted my first post. A while ago, I was cleaning and going through my things and I found old notes and even sketches of my blog and what it would look like, what I would post… It evokes a sense of nostalgia and also a certain kind of charm to look back on that.

Woohoo!

Woohoo!

This year on September 19th, I got a notification from WordPress.com congratulating me on four years. Apparently this was when, I suppose, I transferred to zscupoftea.com as the new blog address (early readers might recall the name Ambrosia Tea Party). I imagine that perhaps Z’s Cup of Tea might now have a second birthday, akin to Paddington Bear.

Food blogging has provided me with many wonderful opportunities and has introduced me to a great and supportive community that I didn’t even know existed prior to starting. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Four years is a long time in food blogging, and I know that there are others who have been doing it for far longer. Periodically, people have asked me if I’m going to write a cookbook. As my early readers will know or anyone who simply visits this blog and reads the about page, I started Z’s Cup of Tea after I kept being asked if I would write a cookbook when my family changed our diet to help my brother recover from his autism through diet. However, I didn’t start this blog with the intent of publishing a cookbook or for it to serve as a launchpad for one. (When I started this blog, I didn’t even know that there are those who deliberately start a blog just to get a cookbook deal.)

Do I still want to write a cookbook? That remains a possibility and one that I am open to – I used to dream up ideas – although I am now focused on other things that I’m doing (which I’ll get to in a moment), so it is not a personal priority at this moment.

Outside of Z’s Cup of Tea, this year has also borne an incredible opportunity for me to expand my horizons by becoming part of the Community Leadership Team for Pressgram – before that, I was also on the launch team – a photo publishing app (so far only on iOS, but an Android version is planned) that gives you full creative control and lets you retain ownership of your photos. (In the face of Instagram integrating ads, Pressgram is also ad-free and will remain so.) Pressgram is something that I believe in, with a philosophy that I agree with, and a team that is supportive and fun to work with. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m very passionate about this.

There are more things waiting in the wings, simmering on the back burner and – before I start sounding like McCoy – that I will be sharing in the (hopefully) near future.

Thank you to all my dear and wonderful readers, family, and friends for reading Z’s Cup of Tea during these four years and for all your support. Let us have a toast to another bright year!

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Garlicky Bacon Biscuits with Green Onions

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Shortly after I posted a recipe for cheddar and green onion biscuits, I made them again at the behest of my brother but with bacon instead and, this time, no cheese. The result was flavourful, with a nice smokiness from the bacon and bite from the green onions. Garlic compliments the bacon and, I dare say, enhances it a little.

While I posted before an improved recipe for baking powder biscuits, I was playing around with the flours and proportions again and I think I’ve found a blend that I like. The result is a fluffier and softer dough (you can feel the difference when you’re working the butter into the dry ingredients) and biscuits with a slightly lighter crumb.

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Pressgram Community Education Event

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of attending an event hangout that was broadcast live with Chef Dennis Littley and his three guests Dustin Stout, Jenny Melrose, and Pressgram creator John Saddington.

It was a great hangout and educational in every sense of the word. If you’ve been wondering how Pressgram can help boost traffic to your blog or how it can help you as a food blogger, watch the video when you have a free moment. (It’s just about 50 minutes.) As an example, I’ve used Pressgram to provide sneak peeks of upcoming posts, as well as to promote posts, which is especially effective as links are clickable in Pressgram.

Android users who want to know when the app will be available on Android (it’s currently only on iOS) – it’s a hot topic! – will be interested as well, as this is addressed.

I previously wrote about Pressgram on my other blog, trend & chic, here, if you’re curious to learn more about Pressgram and why I am so passionate about it.