A Secret Recipe Club Tribute to my brother Daniel Saraga and his Haggis And Herring

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!
  1. Amanda Eisenberg http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog
  2. Amy Lents http://www.amyscookingadventures.com/
  3. Andrea Kruse http://adventuresinallthingsfood.blogspot.com/
  4. Anne Jisca http://annejisca.com/
  5. April Tuell  http://angelshomestead.com/
  6. Camille http://growingupgabel.com/
  7. Chris & Amy White http://www.acoupleinthekitchen.us/
  8. Danielle http://mostlyfoodandcrafts.blogspot.com/
  9. Debbi Smith http://debbiedoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/
  10. Erica Sorkin http://www.itzyskitchen.com/
  11. Erin D http://makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com/
  12. Gloria del Pilar http://canelakitchen.blogspot.com/
  13. Heather http://hezzi-dsbooksandcooks.blogspot.com/
  14. Heather http://www.itsyummytomytummy.blogspot.com/
  15. Heather Stehman http://www.joinuspullupachair.blogspot.com/
  16. Jamie Schroeder http://www.oureatinghabits.com/
  17. Jane Bonacci http://www.theheritagecook.com/
  18. Jennifer Drummond http://peanutbutterandpeppers.com/
  19. Jennifer Sikora http://www.jennifersikora.com/
  20. Jess Wakasugi http://lifessimplemeasures.blogspot.com/
  21. Julie http://littlebitofeverythingne.blogspot.com/
  22. Katherine Martinelli http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/category/blog
  23. Katrina http://www.bakingandboys.com/
  24. Kristi http://veggieconverter.com/
  25. Lesa Roemke http://www.edesiasnotebook.com
  26. Lisa http://CookLisaCook.blogspot.com/
  27. Lisa Inouye http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/
  28. Manuela Zangara http://www.manusmenu.com/
  29. Melissa http://iwasborntocook.blogspot.com/
  30. Micha http://cookingmimi.wordpress.com/
  31. Nayna Kanabar http://simplysensationalfood.com/
  32. Nicole http://www.dailydishrecipes.com/
  33. Rebecca http://www.adustingofsugar.com/
  34. Renee http://kudoskitchenbyrenee.blogspot.com/
  35. Rituparna http://chocolatesanddreams.in/
  36. Sally http://bewitchingkitchen.com/
  37. Sarah E. http://fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com/
  38. Shelby http://www.grumpyshoneybunch.com/
  39. Shelley http://cmomcook.blogspot.com/
  40. Suzanne http://www.thruthebugsonmywindshield.com/
  41. Tandy Sinclair http://tandysinclair.com/
  42. Teri http://www.thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/
  43. Trisha Vaz http://www.myhobbielobbie.com/
  44. Veronica Miller http://veronicascornucopia.com/


  1. I am so sorry for your loss.. I was a big fan of Daniel and his blog. I forgot to send you my name, but I posted in Secret recipe club today for Dan too. Gluten Free A-Z Blog http://www.glutenfreematters.com

  2. Beautiful tribute to your brother, I thank you for giving us the opportunity of knowing him better.

  3. I am so sorry for you loss and hope that our tribute helps your family know what a creative, culinary influence Daniel was to many of us. Blessings!

  4. I don't even think I can come up with words to say how sorry I am for your sudden loss. We will miss Daniel in the SRC community!

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and to all his family.

  6. I posted today, from the SRC's Group A. So sorry for your loss. http://culinary-adventures-with-cam.blogspot.com/2012/10/src-tribute-haggis-and-herring.html

  7. Daniel was a bright spot in the Secret Recipe Club. I know we'll all miss him...I wish I could do more to help.

  8. I can't even begin to imagine what you and your family are going through at this time. Daniel's passion for food (and family) will be greatly missed by all those in SRC family.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss and was saddened to hear about Daniel. I also am participating in the SRC tribute, since I was so fond of the kindness and commitment to community Daniel spread through SRC.

  10. I posted today m the Daniel tribute recipe and believe me Im honored to kew him about SRC and loved his blog and Im really happy to made a recipe of him today in my blog.
    Thanks to you

  11. Always loved reading his food blog. Sorry for your loss and an honor to do the SRC tribute to him today!

  12. So sorry for your loss and thank you for allowing us to pay tribute in a small way. Will always cherish his blog and turn to it often!

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed cooking with Daniel in the SRC. He will surely be missed!

    Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair

  14. We are so sorry for your loss and think this tribute was an amazing idea. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that this small tribute brings some love and peace to you and Daniel's whole family, to know what an inspiration he was to the food blogging world.

  16. My heart aches for you and all of Daniel's family and friends. It was a privilege to have known him and to have been a small part of this tribute. I'll miss him.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope our tribute today brings some comfort to you and your family.

  18. Daniel was an inspiration to us all, and an amazing member of our community. I feel so grateful to have known him through blogging, and am so saddened by his passing. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  19. Don't miss one of our group leader's posts, Jane is having a hard time getting it added to the Inlinkz blog hop, but her post can't be missed--she made a whole meal of Daniel's recipes!
    (I'm sure it will eventually get posted, but just in case. ;)

  20. My condolences to you and the rest of the Saraga family, Abisaac. I can't even imagine how difficult these past few weeks must have been.
    Daniel's enthusiasm, advice and constant encouragement will be greatly missed in the SRC.

  21. I am so sorry for your families loss. Daniel was a kind and helpful person, and he will be sorely missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. I am so sorry for your loss. There are a lot more than 40 people from SRC who have posted recipes, including me (It's in the linky as Dan's Greek Bibimbap @ http://www.koreaforniancooking.com/). Naturally gluten free--BONUS! :)

    After I ready about Daniel's passing, I figured out that he had just added me to his Google+ a few days before he died.

    I'm glad he liked my grandmother's peanut butter and cornflake recipe. :)

  23. It was an honor paying tribute to Daniel today. I hope your family knows how much he meant to the SRC and everyone who knew him. Thank you for sharing him with us. May you all find peace and comfort from one another. We will miss Daniel ...

  24. Our condolences to your families' loss. Daniel surely touched us all with his kindness. Thank you for letting our SRC blogger community be part of celebrating Daniel's life and love of food.
    Heather at itsyummytomytummy.blogspot.com

  25. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope that with time passing that your family heals from the loss of your brother, I'm so sorry.

    I also participated in making a recipe from his blog. It was so much fun to go through his recipe archive and pick something.

  26. A wonderful tribute - I am happy to have gotten t know Daniel through SRC and that we could honor him in this way

  27. I'm so sorry for your loss. I got to know Daniel through the SRC and followed his blog. I'm glad we could offer a small amount of comfort and a wonderful tribute to both him and his blog.

  28. Hi Abissac - great post - will follow you now too... let me know if/when you want help with posting for the H&H blog. would love to contribute some of my family recpies. Mer has my email or friend me on facebook. miss you guys.

  29. Whenever I cook, I will think of Dan. He was amazing!!

  30. I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers go out to you and your family.

  31. I am so sorry for your loss. I met Daniel through the Yahoo Food Blogger help group and am a fellow member of the SRC club. He will not be forgotten!

  32. Although I never knew your brother I felt connected through the secret recipe club, I have made the Moroccan carrot salad from his blog and it is indeed delicious and one recipe that will be made again and again and it will always remind me that it was Daniels recipe so it will live on.
    I pray that god gives you and your family strength to overcome the grief and move on so that you can remember happy memories with Daniel.I am indeed honoured to have been able to cook from Daniels blog and be part of this tribute.

  33. Beautiful Tribute to your brother Daniel ... thinking about you guys ... sending our love.
    Sherri & Kevin

  34. My heart is with you and your family!!

  35. I wish you a long life {hugs} Tandy

  36. I can only imagine the pain the loss has caused. All I wish for is a good healing from the pain and a beautiful scar that will always be a reminder of all the love he gave you.

  37. I do not know what to say, sorry for your loss is a very small word, but the loss is too big, I wish I could erase it, but I can only be able to pray God to give your family all the strength and love to bear this pain, I met Daniel through SRC and It was such wonderful Journey through his blog found out more about his passion towards cooking and baking, I was so amazed by his versatile recipes, I picked the one which my kids would love, and they totally enjoyed a different touch to the original pizza.

  38. I love the spicy sardine herring sandwich that is seasoned with black pepper. It tastes amazing and is quite healthy.

  39. Now that is quite the tribute. I haven't seen that much great food since our Christmas corporate catering event.


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