banana peel curry

Most popular surprising.recipes of 2021

Like every new year, we start with a review of the previous year to see what worked and what changed. So here you can read about the major trends, changes and most popular surprising.recipes of 2021.

Overall we published 25 new recipes. This is a bit lower than in the previous years, but there are some good reasons fort that:

  • due to a shoulder operation I wasn’t able to cook for three months.
  • after a full recovery I have been hiking for two months, meaning that I also did not see my kitchen.
  • besides of that I invested more time in reworking old recipes and articles.

So, all in all I am even surprised that I was able to publish 25 new and exiting recipes.

Despite the reduced publishing activity page-views increased by almost 50%. Some recipes are receiving a nice and growing steady flow of traffic. And from time to time a recipe gets picked up by some social media. This results in nice performance peaks.

So here we go with an overview of the most popular surprising.recipes in 2021:

1. Banana peel curry

banana peel curry
banana peel curry

No surprise this banana peel curry is ranking on number 1 in 2021. Immediately after publication in 2020 it reached already the second position. So it is no surprise that with a full year of page-views it ranks on number 1. And I think it is indeed the most surprising recipe in our collection. Or do you have the habit of eating your banana peels? Maybe now, yes…

banana peel curry
For sure the idea of eating banana peel sounds very surprising for a lot of people. But you can make a delicious curry with them! Try it!
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banana peel curry

2. Banana omelette for breakfast

banana omelette for breakfast
banana omelette for breakfast

Bananas were hot in 2021. And also this omelette was published in 2020. In that year it reached already number 9, and moved on tot the second position in 2021. Is it an omelette or a pancake? Try it and decide for yourself!

banana omelette for breakfast
With this banana omelette for breakfast you have a strong start in the day. One banana, two eggs and ten minutes of time is all you need!
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banana omelette for breakfast

3. Spicy roasted pumpkin

spicy roasted pumpkin
spicy roasted pumpkin

This spicy roasted pumpkin is one of my all time favorites. I published the recipe for the first time on gerechtenweb.blog in 2007 and in 2018 on surprising.recipes. Last year it rose to number 8, and now it is starting to challenge the banana recipes on the first two positions.

spicy roasted pumpkins
Easy and so yummy! You can serve this spicy roasted pumpkin as an appetizer, as a side dish, or even as a lunch on its own. Try it, love it!
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spicy roasted pumpkin

4. Pangasius in tomato saffron sauce

Pangasius fillet in tomato-saffron sauce
Pangasius fillet in tomato-saffron sauce

This Pangasius recipe was on top for two consecutive years in a row in 2019 an 2020. Also in 2021 it had a strong performance, but it could not compete with the bananas and the pumpkins.

Pangasius in tomato saffron sauce
an easy and surprising oven dish with fish in a tomato safron sauce. This was served with a delicious polenta to make a great meal.
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Pangasius fillet in tomato-saffron sauce

5. Mini fried eggs

mini fried eggs
mini fried eggs

How can you make three mini fried eggs out of one normal chicken egg? This question continues to puzzle a lot of people. After two years on number 6 it now moved on to the fifth position.

mini fried eggs
Question of the day: how do you make three mini fried eggs out of one normal chicken egg?
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mini fried eggs

6. Paska – Slovak Easter bread

Paska - Slovak Easter bread
Paska – Slovak Easter bread

The first real newcomer in the top 10 is Paksa, Slovak Easter bread. Published in 2019 for Easter it was too late to capitalize on seasonal views. But it could do so in 2020. And apparently it is also very popular for Christmas!

Paska – Slovak Easter bread
Easter marks the end of the fasting period. In the Eastern European countries Paska – Slovak Easter bread is a traditional food for Easter.
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Paska - Slovak Easter bread

7. Healthy breakfast cake

healthy breakfast cake with fruits, nuts and oatmeal
healthy breakfast cake with fruits, nuts and oatmeal

This healthy breakfast cake with fruits nuts and oatmeal reaches the top 10 for the third year in a row. After position 7 and 4 it now bounced back to 7.

healthy breakfast cake with fruits, nuts and oatmeal
An easy, rich and healthy cake that can be eaten for breakfast or any other meal
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healthy breakfast cake with fruits, nuts and oatmeal

8. Cuban green plantain soup

Cuban green plantain soup
Cuban green plantain soup

Another surprising usage of bananas, or plantains. This time they form the basis for a soup. Published in 2020 it makes it for the first time to the top 10.

Cuban green plantain soup
Get the Caribbean in your kitchen. This easy Cuban green plantain soup is tasty and healthy at the same time. A real surprising.soup!
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Cuban green plantain soup

9. Fiskasúpa – Icelandic fish soup

Fiskasúpa - Icelandic fish soup
Fiskasúpa – Icelandic fish soup

I am so happy to see this Fiskasúpa for the first time in this list since it was published in 2017. It always had a decent traffic but in 2021 it had a really strong performance.

Fiskasúpa – Icelandic fish soup
Exotic and Icelandic. This comforting Fiskasúpa is full of vitamins and energy. Some exotic ingredients add the contradictions so typical for this fire and ice country.
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Fiskasúpa - Icelandic fish soup

10. Cardamom cupcakes

cardamom cupcakes
cardamom cupcakes

And one more newcomer to close the list: cardamom cupcakes. Published in 2020 it got picked up in Discovery last year. This lead to a huge traffic peak, just enough to make it to this list.

Cardamom cupcakes
Cardamom is often referred to as the "Queen of spices". Cardamom cupcakes are the "Queen of cupcakes". Easy, surprising and so tasty!
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cardamom cupcakes

Which recipes did we lose?

Four newcomers also means that some other recipes lost their position. So which were the (al)most popular surprising.recipes in 2021?

What are the promising stars of 2021?

Most recipes need some time to build up a steady traffic. So most of the time they don’t make it to the top in the year they are published. So it might be interesting to have a look at some potential candidates for 2022:

sensational mozzarella panna cotta
sensational mozzarella panna cotta

This Panna Cotta with Mozzarella was the best new recipe of 2021. But as it was published in January it also had the most time to collect views.

sensational Mozzarella Panna Cotta
This sensational Mozzarella Panna Cotta is easy and surprising. Finished with finely chopped grapes and walnuts it makes a delicious dessert!
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sensational mozzarella panna cotta

mayo that never fails
mayo that never fails

Did you know that this delicious white sauce based on eggs and oil originates form the city of Mahon? Find out everything about this in the article! And a no fail recipe of course!

Mahonnaise – the origin of mayonnaise
This is a super easy recipe for making mayonnaise. But we also look at its origins: Mahonnaise – the origin of mayonnaise.
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mayo that never fails

rum braised carrots with mashed potatoes and white sausages
rum braised carrots with mashed potatoes and white sausages

My mother is a fan! These carrots get a very special taste when you bake them with rum.

rum braised not glazed carrots
Are you searching for a surprising variation for you classic carrot side dish? Then make sure you try these rum braised not glazed carrots!
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rum braised not glazed carrots

easy potato chorizo stew
easy potato chorizo stew

The perfect hearty midweek treat. This potato stew flavored with Chorizo is delicious and ready in no time!

easy potato chorizo stew
The perfect choice for a 30 minute midweek lunch. This easy potato chorizo stew is ready in no time with only two main ingredients.
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easy potato chorizo stew

mashed potatoes with radish green
mashed potatoes with radish green

For me this is the most surprising recipe of 2021! Radishes taste so differently if you baked them, compared to raw. If one should take of in 2022, I hope it will be this one!

butter baked radish recipe
Most often radishes are eaten raw. But in this butter baked radish recipe they become surprisingly tender and juicy. Try this new side dish!
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butter baked radishes

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