On September 14, 2012 I lost my brother Daniel. He was only 37 years old and he was my inspiration to blogging. Daniel was the first to blog between the two of us, and he had several different blogs over the years. The most popular was his blogs was the Haggis and Herring food blog. I am a Web and Social Media Manager by profession and my brother was always a great resource of information and a good sounding board for bouncing ideas around. Even after his death I learned a lot more about being part of a community; not only to be successful, but to make an impact and my brother made quite the impact.
My brother was part of a Secret Recipe Club. He joined this community to get more involved in food blogging. After all, food was one of his favourite things, so why not take the opportunity to learn more recipes from other great food bloggers, to share with his wife, children and other family and friends. Each month these food bloggers would make a recipe from another persons' blog and post it. They would also all link back to all the other bloggers in their group, thus connecting everyone as a community.
Daniel often spoke about the Secret Recipe Club. My most recent memory of him talking about the Secret Recipe Club was him ranting and raving over some haymishe bagels he made in April that he continued to make several times over. The recipe originally came from Laura Rees of This is How We Eat.
My sister in law posted her eulogy for Daniel at the Haggis and the Herring and the Secret Recipe Club showed their support. When they learned of Daniel's passing, that blog post was flooded with support for Meredith and my family from the Secret Recipe Club members and other people from the blogging community.
Another great and supportive action has come from this community, a tribute to my brother Daniel. Today the Secret Recipe Club is paying tribute to my brother by making recipes off of haggisandherring.com. I want to thank all 50+ participants involved in this tribute to Daniel for doing this and for all of their support and kindness. This would really mean a lot to my brother.
To my regular readers, although not all of these recipes would be gluten free, I encourage you to take a look and see if there is anything you like that you can adapt to be made gluten free and try it out. My brother always tried to tag all the recipes that were naturally gluten free on his blog as his love and support of me and Amanda was always so clear.
A big thank you to all Secret Recipe Contributors below!