Sunday, July 15, 2007


500 posts

I wasn't sure that I would mark the occasion but with Paalo's encouragement, I am. As he said to me, 500 posts is something to celebrate.

When I first started I wasn't sure I'd even make it to 50 but in between then and now, we have nibbled on 34 Australian cheeses be they cow, sheep, buffalo or goat, imbibed on 60 beverages of various descriptions, indulged the sweet tooth in 160 ways and sated our hunger with 207 savoury dishes.

I know I couldn't have done it without the support of family and friends and to all that have passed through or lingered on the pages of this blog - for all your generous comments and well wishes, I thank you so very much for sharing in these offerings.


  1. That's quite an achievement, Hallo - congratulations! I'm off to search your archives for that gorgeous-looking watermelon dish (top left corner, see?)

  2. haalo, you blog is hands down my favourite. i'm always inspired by your creations and amazed by the photos.

    i can't figure out how you almost psychically beat me to post recipes or about weird ingredients but somehow you're more than a few steps ahead. always.

    it'a an amazing blog and i'm glad you feel as pleased writing it as i do reading it.

    just one question, what do you do with all the food? there's so much every week and i wonder what happens to it all :)

  3. Congratulations Haalo and long may you continue.

    You have been a great inspiration to me since I started my own blog and in recent weeks and months your postings have exceeded even your own high standards. But most of all, your photography does something that no other blog I've ever seen manages to achieve. While so many blog photographers almost sanctify the food they illustrate and put it on a pedestal, you invariably put the food into my hands and my mouth, totally engaging me with the subject.

    You are a brilliant example of "less is more" and you constantly remind me why I love food. I still want to hire you professionally one day, when I can afford the fees.

  4. Mind you, on the technical side you have some shortcomings... Your flickr display is showing "private" status to me when I click on the photos.

  5. Congratulations, Haalo! I always enjoy visiting your blog - there is always something interesting and new. You've taught me many things and also shown me how to do something different with ingredients I am very familiar with.

    Here's to another 500 posts! (cin cin!... can I say that?) ;-)


  6. Congatulations, that is quite a milestone! I will toast my next glass of wine to you!

  7. Thanks Pille - I saw you found it, I hope you enjoy it!

    Thank you Anna, that is so sweet of you. I usually find good homes for any excess food - going either to the office or the factory, we have happy employees ;)

    Thanks Trig, you are making me blush! I look forward to that call in the near future ;) I have fixed up that link so it's public now.

    Thanks Nora for all your support and I look forward to the next 500!

    Thanks Holler and Cheers!

  8. Congratulations! I so enjoy your site and am amazed at the quality of your recipes/photos, especially since you post nearly everyday. Well done!

  9. And (more than) 500 stunning photos too! Congratulations!

  10. Here's to 500 posts and more to come. Here’s to you, Haalo, to your generosity that shines through your words and here's to your fabulous blog. Thank you Haalo.

  11. AnonymousJuly 16, 2007

    Congratulations! Thank YOU for your time and dedication on this fantastic blog.

  12. AnonymousJuly 16, 2007

    Haalo - many, many congratulations on 500 posts. That's quite an achievement. I'm looking forward to the next 500!

  13. Thank you Mercedes - it's been a pleasure.

    Thanks Kalyn, as always you've been a great support.

    Thanks Rose for your very kind comments.

    Thanks Sil - the joy for me is in the sharing.

    Thanks Kathryn - one down and 499 to go ;)

  14. Congratulations, Haalo!

    I have always been inspired by you and your beautiful blog!

  15. AnonymousJuly 16, 2007

    Thank you so much for making it past 50! Your site is always my first spot to look when I need an interesting, different, and just plain delicious recipe to impress my friends with! Keep up the good work! :)

  16. Congratulations Haalo! I'm not quite sure at what point I found your fa bolus blog, but I'm here to see 500 more posts: especially of those cheese ones-I love them although I know I cannot find them. And your recipes; I love how to the point they are and how wonderfully supported by beautiful and clear pictures.
    Once more congratulations--in Turkish "tebrikler"!

  17. congrats to you!
    here's to 500 more~

  18. Thank you Patricia - it's wonderful people like you that have made this so enjoyment.

    Thanks Anon - it makes me happy to know that you've got so much out of this blog.

    Çok tesekkur ederim Burcu - there will be more cheese!

    Thank you Jaden!

  19. I`m in bliss when I peruse your blog. Never yet have I found another with such cool photography, un-pretentious commentary, and do-able yet lip-smackin' recipes. Alas, and Hooray!, yours is one of a kind by my standards. Many thanks to you for your efforts and for sharing them. I look forward to cooking more of your experiments for my happy and lucky family!
    Shannon in Quebec, Canada.

  20. Thank you Shannon that is so very lovely of you - hopefully there will be more things to come and for you and your family to enjoy!

  21. AnonymousJuly 18, 2007

    Wow 500 posts! Congrats :) Hope to read many more..

  22. Wow, congrats Haalo! Here's to the next 500, and the 500 after that!

  23. Thanks Y!

    Thanks Sara, hopefully the best is yet to come!


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