(Sep 23rd, 2014: comments are shutdown, no further entries accepted) 

Today my Bewitching site hit a wonderful milestone: 1,000,000 page views How on Earth did I get there?  😉


I am so excited about it, I will offer a small token of appreciation to my readers.  Ottolenghi is about to publish a new cookbook, PLENTY MORE, so if you would like to have it, leave a comment on this post.  The giveaway is open to the whole wide world, by the way…

The comments will be open until September 22nd, and I will announce the winner the following day. Of course, shipping the book will depend on its release, as soon as I get it, it ships.

plenty more

It’s been a ton of fun to keep this site going, and of course hitting this milestone gives me an extra boost of energy!


Can you see me doing a happy dance?  Can you at least imagine me doing a very happy dance?  Today the Bewitching Kitchen hit a special milestone, reaching 500,000 page views, and I’m in heaven!  It seems like only yesterday the site registered the first 100 views, and had the first comment coming from someone other than close friends and family.  😉  Half a million page views!  Great feeling, folks!

To celebrate, I am giving away a very special book called Jerusalem: A Cookbook, written by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. The story behind these authors is fascinating! You can read a little bit about it here. Jerusalem is more than a cookbook, it describes the complexities of different cultures co-existing, and the way they influence each other in ways that reach way beyond cooking.  The recipes have that exotic feel that make your mind travel to far away places, imagining each smell and taste.  So, if you would like to get this book as a gift,  leave a comment in this post, and I will draw the lucky winner’s name on December 14th, which happens to be Ottolenghi’s birthday!

Thank you so much for carrying me through the milestone of half a million page views!


It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since I wrote my first post, unsure of where it would take me.  Since then, I’ve published 447 articles, and went from having a couple hundred page views per month to over 20 thousand!

If my life was a smooth, uneventful ride,  I would bake a cake for the occasion. A cake chosen from the several options suggested last year in the comments,  fingers crossed that it would be as gorgeous as this baby:

Instead of uneventful, our life seems to follow the script of North by Northwest. 😉 All kitchen stuff is now divided between two homes, we are surrounded by boxes, and constrained by deadlines. No cake this year, I’m afraid.  Instead, I celebrate by bringing you the first giveaway in the Bewitching Kitchen!

Leave a comment on this post from now until the end of June, and on July 1st I will draw the name of the lucky winner.  The prize?

A copy of   “The Brazilian Kitchen“,  a book I recently fell in love with and wrote a post about.  Everyone is welcome, from all over the planet, as long as the mail service can reach you!  😉

To all my readers, subscribers, followers, friends (in real life and those special friendships formed through the blogosphere) thank you for your support! And a special thank you to Fer, from Chucrute com Salsicha, who (maybe without ever being aware of it), was my main source of inspiration to become a food blogger.

I close this post sharing two photos from our new home: the view from our kitchen window, and a spot at the corner of our backyard.  Just a teaser,  we are not moved in yet, but sort of camped there for a couple of days last week. The two of us, a bed, a kitchen table. and the amazing performance of fireflies outside the window during the night…

ONE YEAR AGO:  The Bewitching Kitchen turns two!

TWO YEARS AGO:  Bewitching Birthday!

THREE YEARS AGO: Welcome to my blog!

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