ten long years: blood orange poppy seed loaf

blood orange poppy seed loaf | everybody likes sandwiches

Holy crap. I’ve been doing this food blog thing for 10 years. Happy freaking blog-o-birthday-versary to me! It’s kind of a big deal big milestone so I did the one thing I knew I had to do. Bake a cake. Well, it’s actually it’s a poppy seed loaf, but it’s sweet and tangy from February’s favourite fruit, the blood orange. And there’s some almond extract for a bit of a different twist. It’s delicious, it’s moist and I can’t wait to eat another slice once I’m finished writing this post.

blood orange poppy seed loaf | everybody likes sandwiches

So after I got the cake thing out of the way, I started to reflect on how this space has changed things. First and foremost, I’m a much better cook because I’m always wanting to try new things instead of relying on the same old 5 means recycled. I’m still a chicken when it comes to some foods (I’m giving the stink eye to you, melons) but I’ve totally embraced things I previously thought I hated (thank you very much, cucumbers). It’s made me friends from so many places, it’s given me opportunities, and jobs, and customers to my etsy shop. I put myself out there into the unknown and got so much goodness out of it. It’s not a job – I would have been fired for being so slack years ago, plus the pay is shit. It’s my own little thing that I do because I like it. It’s my thang, like how my hair is red (from a box) or that I can still put one of my legs behind my head. But sometimes it’s a real drag. It’s hard to write about food after the 787th post, or cook food (because as I mentioned earlier, sometimes bad things happen in the kitchen) and for me, taking pictures is the absolute worst. It’s the one thing I really hate because I’m usually too hungry to bother with taking a photograph, dinner is usually at 8pm and I have no patience with props or trying to make a magical food scene happen. But I’ve made peace and decided that taking a photo with my iphone is totally 100% absolutely okay. Overhead shots that for the last few years have been set up on my dad’s old trunk that his dad built when they came to Canada from Lithuania is just how it is around here. It’s okay, I’m okay, we’re okay.

blood orange poppy seed loaf | everybody likes sandwiches

But back to the cake because this poppy seed loaf has been on my brain since Valentine’s Day. The plan was to make a puckering lemony loaf but work was busy, life was busy and I didn’t get around to doing any baking. So the other day I saw that Nicole Dula made an almond poppy seed bread with a blood orange glaze. Sounds really good, right? So I got distracted by the blood oranges that were in my crisper. Plus, I had already used the lemons to make this pasta dish the night before anyhow. I fiddled with the recipe I was originally using and used inspiration from Nicole and this is the result. Adding almond extract instead of vanilla was the right move. Next time I think I’ll follow Nicole’s lead and do a blood orange glaze instead of a blood orange syrup because the loaf top looks slightly gory with all the red soaked right into the top. No matter because the syrup gives this not-so-sweet loaf a big citrus-y pop in the mouth.

Okay, time for my slice. Thanks for sticking around.

blood orange poppy seed loaf | everybody likes sandwiches

22 comments to “ten long years: blood orange poppy seed loaf”

  1. 1
    Erin   February 20, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I enjoy following your work and I wish you continued success!

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    Nicole   February 20, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Congrats! You make the blog world a better place with your sensible (but unique and tasty!) dinners and comforting desserts. I’m so glad you found inspiration in the poppy seed loaf, because it’s a feel-good kind of dessert, isn’t it? All the best!

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    Gemma   February 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Happy 10th Anniversary!!!!

    (From a foodblogger who only made it 9 🙂

    Gemma (probonobaker)

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    Joanne M   February 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Holy cow!!! Happy 10th Blog Anniversary!!! Hard to believe that it’s been that long. I think I began following you sometime in 2006? Thank you for creating such a cozy and welcoming blog. I’ve learned so much from you over the years…cooking, music, online clothes shopping, film, where to eat in pdx. Wishing you ongoing success and hopefully one day (soon!) we will meet. xo

    p.s. I’m making this poppyseed cake for the husband! He’ll love it!!

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    Nicolena   February 21, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I have made dozens of your recipes over the years and some of them are in my frequent rotation. You’ve shown me how to use/substitute for what you have on hand. I love that. Thank you so much for sharing. xo

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    Rachel   February 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Happy Blogaversary!
    I always love your recipes and I really appreciate all the work you put in to this site.

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    Lavender   February 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Congrats! So many of your recipes have became family faves for us. I’m so thankful for your generosity. Ever since I found out I’m pre-diabetic, I’ve had to be more careful of what I eat. So many of your recipes are perfect for me…ok, not the Diablo one.

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    KalynsKitchen   February 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Congrats on ten years! My ten year date is coming up soon.

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    Lauren   February 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging milestone!
    I appreciate your honesty in how blogging has changed things. I totally relate to the lack of interest in taking pictures and just wanting to get to the eating part!

    Can’t wait to try this awesome recipe!

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    Melynda@OurSundayCafe   February 26, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Congrats! I really enjoy your fresh approach to food, keep up the great work.

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    Sherry   February 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Jeanette, many congratulations, and thanks so much for what you do here! I’ve really appreciated reading — and cooking/baking along — all these years.

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    Kat   February 26, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! Something to be proud of! Woo!

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   February 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Happy Anniversary! I think I’ll celebrate with a big piece of that bread!!

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    malcolm   February 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    hey jeannette! congrats on 10 years! that’s a long time to be doing anything.

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    Darien   March 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations!! I remember linking to your wonderful blog from Lottie and Doof and thank goodness for that – I can’t even count how many *astounding* recipes I’ve tried! I would be remiss if I didn’t say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the recipes (especially UBC), the travel tips and the stories and writing that I look forward to. Cheers!!

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    Sheena S.   March 2, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years, Jeannette. You’re breathing rarified air among food bloggers. Here’s to 10 more! : )

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    Jabba   March 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    Your blog is the best! You’ve provided us with some definite staple recipes that we go back to over and over. (Like the one with broccoli, rutabaga and brown rice with your awesome tahini sauce!)
    The best recipe for me has been your kale, sausage, chickpea that you sent to your dad. We make it at least once every two weeks. I passed this one on to my mom who makes it more often than I do! I wonder if it worked out for your dad?

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    Lisa Johnson   March 10, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Happy 10 years blogging! Yours is one of the first food blogs that I started reading back in the day. Thanks for all the tasty memories! : )

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    kickpleat   March 11, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Thanks everyone for your comments!!

    Sheena, yikes, 10 more?! I wonder what that would look like? 🙂

    Jabba, my dad made it once or twice but gave up when he tried it and he “screwed up”. I still send him recipes once in a while, so there’s still hope! Thanks for asking.

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    Christie   March 14, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Thank you for this blog. I started reading in in 2009 after I had my first kid and realized I could no longer just eat cereal for dinner! I have learned so much from this blog and while I do enjoy me some food photos with the perfect settings etc, I mostly just want food I can cook. And eat. This is my favourite blog for recipes I can use and I love making the broccoli salad when I have guests. It always has people going for more!
    So thank you from one vancouverite to another.

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    kickpleat   March 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks so much Christie, this means a lot to me!!! yay!!

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    Kimberley   April 2, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I love this. And congratulations! 10 years, hot diggity. I have gone through that same arc of so much happiness at the awesome opportunities and people met, and frustration with trying to find something fresh to say about food. 🙂

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