The year that was …

December 23, 2007 | 56 Comments

Nupur urged us to take stock of the past year in terms of blogging achievements as part of her Best of 2007 event. We thought it was a great idea. :) These are a few of our favourite things on Jugalbandi from the 10 months and 22 days we’ve been around.

We have four series @ Jugalbandi. (See icons on the left sidebar.)

LucidLens documents our photography experiments in the garden, in our neighbourhood, and on our travels. Our favourite trip and most spectacular photos this year are from our visit to Olympic National Park, Washington. We will bring them to you after we sort the pictures out.

Of the published ones, we love Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.

In Season records our gardening escapades this year.

The three most fuss-free veggies with the highest return on investment – potatoes, peas, and swiss chard.

Green Arrow Pea

The most stunning flowers in our garden were the irises, the red daylilies, and the roses.

Red Daylily

Our Postcards Series with guest authors, took us to beautiful, exotic places.

The Crusts n Crumbs series is about our baking experiments.

Chelsea Buns

Our favourite post in this series is Bread Basics, which we use as a reference tool.

Though we enjoy bringing all these series to our readers, our favourite is the Pantry Audit series where we have, so far, researched and written about Rice, Flour, Sweeteners, and The Thai Kitchen.


Each of us picked five of our favourites from the Recipe Index.

Bee’s list

Potato, Onion and Saffron Bread

13-Bean 11-Veggie Soup

Baked Lotus Root Chips

Salad with Spring Greens from our Garden

‘Essence of Orange’ Marmalade

Jai’s list

Methi Malai Buns (Creamy Fenugreek Buns)

Creamy Fenugreek Buns is the entry from Jugalbandi to Sandra and Zorra for the Best Recipe of 2007 event.


Spicy Kidney Bean Burgers

Microwave Sweet Potato Crisps

Chocolate Pudding

We were trying all of these recipes for the first time, except the chocolate pudding.

If we had known the amount of work that it takes to maintain this blog, we would never have started it. We were so swept away by the romantic idea of having our own space on the web that we were blindsided. How hard could it be to chronicle some of our thoughts, research, and recipes on a Web Log, right? We just need to type them in and add a few pictures? Seriously, how hard could it be?

We’ve been wrong before, but not by so much. Part of the problem is that we are terrible with code, albeit, we are getting better. It is not the logic or the concept that gets us, we just don’t have the time or the patience to learn a new language (an abstract one at that). Nevertheless, its been a fun journey. Fun enough for us to stick around and even wanting to continue.

Back in February, we wanted to focus more on the nutrition and fitness aspects both in our lifestyle and the blog. We haven’t done justice to our goals and plan to make amends in the coming year. On the other hand, we did well in the recipe department. In our recipes we strove to create healthy and natural alternatives to what is out there. A vast majority of our experiments have been successful, and we are quite pleased with that.

We are also learning food photography and as a part of that started CLICK – a theme based photography event. We are glad that many of you are also having fun clicking, judging, and voting for your favorite pictures. We have decided on the next few themes and can’t wait to bring them to you.

As the blog gets bigger, data management is becoming more important. Again, databases are not what we had to deal with in our work or personal lives before. Some education is in order before things get out of hand. If we are able to structure things well then we’ll be able to deliver more of the concepts that we have for this space.

Wish you a happy, healthy, wonderful 2008.

- Jai and Bee

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  1. Happy New Year Jai & Bee!
    Very nice summary of the year… I did not realize you were blogging just one year, almost like me… I started my blog in March 2007.


  2. Raaga says:

    Happy new year :-)

  3. manju says:

    Yours is definitely the most genuinely creative and innovative blogs around. If this is what you can do in 11 months, I can’t wait to see what more is in store this year! Happy New Year, bee and Jai!

  4. Latha says:

    Hey Guys,
    Wish you guys a wonderful year ahead too! Wow how did i miss those methi malai buns??? Those look delectable.. i’m gonna have to try them soon…
    Your blog/web site is rocking and going places! I’m confused though -not sure which part is my favourite… i need more time to browse here :-)
    Thanks for being such good friends and wish u guys the best in life!

  5. Mona says:

    Wow Jai and Bee, Keep up the good work ! That was a very good write up, loved reading it a lot !! :yes:

  6. Eduardo says:

    lindas fotos , felicitaciones !

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