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Happy February! The first of the month is usually when I publish my ‘This Month’s Recipes’ posts, but I’ve been thinking of giving those posts a bit of an overhaul for a while now, and the beginning of the year seems as good a time to start as any.

These new monthly posts will be a bit more of a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of thing. Here are a few examples of things you can expect to see in this post, as well as future posts:

  • – more about my life
  • – behind the scenes of the blog
  • – my dog!
  • – reader photos of my recipes
  • – magazines or articles I’ve been featured in
  • – recipes I’ve worked on for other websites
  • – my most popular recipes from the month
  • – recipe fails
  • – … etc!

Let me know if you have any other ideas for things you’d like to see!

This month, we had our first snow of the season. I’m not a fan of snow at all, but luckily in the UK we usually only get a tiny amount, and it only sticks around for a day or two before it just turns into sludge (still manages to cause havoc while it’s here, mind). Last year we had a lot more snow, and Pip loved helping us make a snowman. This year, she didn’t enjoy the tiny amount of snow we had at all. She went for a walk and came back wet and shivering (despite her cosy coat), and looking even more scruffy than usual. It must be hard being so tiny.

As well as snow, January also means it’s tax season! Hurrah. I don’t know how the dates work in other countries, but in the UK, self-assessment tax returns (for self-employed people like myself) have to be submitted before the end of January. It’s always a chore – I’ll definitely be hiring an accountant to do mine for me next year.

To make it somewhat more bearable, my husband and I set ourselves up at the table with a drink and some exceedingly good cakes, and did ours together. Less exciting: hundreds and hundreds of receipts. Remind me to be more organised this year.

Pip insisted on helping too. She’s not an accountant, so she wasn’t particularly useful.

Okay, onto the food. I’m not going to do a run down of every recipe I posted here this month like I usually do, but here are the top 3 most viewed recipes on Amuse Your Bouche from January:

Mexican black bean casserole
Ultimate vegan sandwich with red lentil spread
Warm brown rice salad with roasted aubergine and pistachios

I shared four recipes over on Brit+Co this month, as usual:

Creamy butternut squash noodles
Anti-inflammatory kiwi and pineapple smoothie
Pulled jackfruit nachos
Pulled jackfruit sandwiches with homemade slaw

Have you ever tried pulled jackfruit? It’s essentially a vegan alternative to pulled pork. I still have two tins of jackfruit left, so you’ll probably see it here on the blog at some point soon!

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you may not know that I love sharing the photos that readers send me of their versions of my recipes. I’m a bit behind at the moment so I have lots more to share in February, but here are 9 I shared in January:

I’m so behind on sharing your awesome photos of my recipes, sorry! There are more to come, which I’ll share over the next week or two – I promise I haven’t forgotten you, I’m just disorganised ??? Don’t forget, if you share any photos of my recipes just use #amuseyourbouche and tag me @amuseyourbouche so I don’t miss them – I absolutely love seeing your creations! ❤️❤️❤️ Here we have (L-R from top) 30 minute saag paneer, creamy three bean stew (x2!), vegetarian ‘beef’ stew, asparagus and halloumi pasta with smoky pesto, Mexican quinoa bake, mini cheesy broccoli calzones, very veggie lentil bake, and vegetarian okonomiyaki! It all looks amazing, and now I am very hungry ??? Big thanks to @modaddy66, @victorialiveshere, @elladickie8 and @j_shwizzlesticks on Instagram; @AllFoodMatters and @justsimplyhales on Twitter; and Laura on Facebook for the fab pics! ???

A photo posted by Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche (@amuseyourbouche) on

The caption should let you know what each of the photos is of!

I love seeing your creations – if you ever cook one of my recipes, I’d love it if you’d share a photo by tagging me on Instagram or Twitter, or sending it over to my Facebook page! Seeing your photos makes all the hard work I put into this blog totally worth it.

Luckily, you’re all much better cooks than me. I didn’t have too many recipe fails this month, but here’s one that I was really disappointed with. I was trying to make pan-fried feta sticks, which I know I’ve seen done by other people, so I know it can work. But for some reason it didn’t want to work for me – rather than lovely crispy feta, I ended up with a squidgy, melty mess (I thought feta wasn’t supposed to melt?!). It was still absolutely delicious of course, but not exactly what I’d planned. If you have any tips, let me know!

Anyway, that’s me done for today. Let me know what you think of this new format of post, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy February everyone.