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Hellooooo, everyone!! It has been a while since I last posted on my blog. But I’m back!I feel like there is so much to talk about here. I didn’t know where to start this post from, but I’ve decided to start by whining a little, so please bear with me, I promise it will get better as you read along.

Well, there has been a lot going on in my life lately, to mention some: I have been working, attending pharmacy lectures, studying, developing recipes in my kitchen, writing articles on some websites as a guest blogger, and working on a couple of photography projects on the side. For those of you who don’t know much about me, I’m also a proud mother of two, so add to my busy schedule the usual housework and the afternoon shift with the kids from tutoring classes to training to homework .. ALOT! On top of all that my husband’s work has pretty much moved to Melbourne now, so he’s not around to help out anymore during the week or even to just be there at night when we both need to vent about our daily frustrations. He just left today and I already miss him a lot!

To be quite honest with you, with all that’s been going on lately, I struggled during the last few months to keep up with my blog posts, that a lot of times I would feel like quitting,  just because there are so many things on my plate already at this stage of my life! I’m sure every ambitious working mother reading this now would understand exactly what I’m trying to say here. 

But you know what? Every time I’d start chopping, stirring or baking in my kitchen, this negative feeling would be instantly replaced by an urge to hold my lens and tell a story about what I was making for my family. This feeling of giving up would vanish straight away, and instead, I’d feel like I was born to do this. And so, here I find myself writing again and sharing my kitchen stories with you .. and No i won’t quit!

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On a positive note though, I have been working on my website for the last month or so and if you haven’t noticed the changes already, I have redesigned my blog. Which was something I wanted to do pretty much from the beginning of creating this space (around June last year). Not because there was anything wrong with the old blog design which I had chosen in the first place, but only because it was one of the most commonly used food blog designs and I just wanted something a little different for my blog, with more flexibility in customizing it and also with some extra features which I’m hoping I will be using in the near future. There are still some little touch ups and a logo to come, but i just couldn’t wait any longer to bring this space back to life.

Okaaay now, what have I missed out on, actually! what have YOU missed out on during this time of me not blogging ?! lol

MY BLOG’s 1st BIRTHDAY 🙁 I was hoping to get my new website design up and running perfectly before the blog’s 1st anniversary, but unfortunately it didn’t happen! you think I haven’t celebrated ??? U bet i did!  and I have also made a Birthday cake !! but because it’s pretty  late to celebrate now, we can just call it a ‘welcome back’ cake instead of a birthday cake. I don’t mind!

This is how the cake looked like and I will give out the recipe for this cake in the next blog post which I’m about to finish as well, here is a sneak peak for now.

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I will leave you to wonder what kind of cake it was (leave a comment below with your guesses!). But before you start guessing, I would like to mention some of my first year blogging highlights, and name a few people who I had the honor to meet during this year and who have inspired me and made me believe more in what I’m doing.  

An inspiring head start and meeting Sneh Roy.

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Sneh Roy, the author, and creator of Cook Republic was my first inspiration to start this blog. She is an amazing blogger, food stylist, mother, wife and much more. She might not remember that I told her so when I first met her in an awesome food styling workshop at her house last year, when I was just about to start writing on my blog. I had been reading her blog posts for a few months before I met her, and that made me feel like I knew her already very well. In addition to that, as soon as I entered her house for the workshop, I noticed that it looked and felt so much like my home! The chalkboard in her kitchen, the metal stand with her precious kitchen collection on, the one million cookbook she has on her bookshelves, and the garden patch!! (except that I don’t have chickens in my backyard), she also has two kids just like me! I remember I went back home to my husband after a long and fun day, with a big smile on my face thinking I can’t wait to start blogging. Only a few weeks later, I published my first post on my own space ‘a foodie’s affairs’.

I owe you heaps Sneh, and I thank you for such a great and inspiring head start.

Here are some photos taken by me during the work shop hosted by Sneh Roy and the guest host was the funny and talented Hayden Quinn from Masterchef australia(season 3) and his equally talented film maker Sam Evans.

check out Sneh space for some inspiring stories and delicious recipes from her kitchen at Cook Republic.

 

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Meeting Nigella Lawson and getting a signature on my copy of Simply Nigella

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I cannot talk enough about Nigella Lawson and how much she has inspired me to enjoy eating well and cooking. I have learnt a lot from her not only about food but also about life lessons. She is by far my favourite food writer and it really isn’t an exaggeration when I say she is my role model. This is one of her quotes that I love and truly believe in:

‘ I think we all live in a world that is so fast-paced, it’s threatening and absolutely saturated with change, novelty and insecurity. therefore, the ritual of cooking and feeding my family and friends, whoever drops in, is what makes me feel that I’m in a universe that is contained’

To read more about my first meeting with Nigella Lawson click here .

Meeting the talented Executive Pastry Chef Christie Tania.

Christy Tania is a very talented, ambitious and passionate young girl who had given up her title as a Project Manager at IBM and decided to move to France in her early 20s to follow her passion and study the art of patisserie at the Ducasse Institute Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Patisserie. She worked at the Ritz Hotel in Paris after she had graduated. She then came back to Australia to become one of the most recognized pastry chefs in the country.

I met Tania in one of her pastry master classes hosted by Delicious Magazine, where she showed us how she makes her popular Choux pastry. One of the things she said to me on that day, which i will never forget was: ‘ … my dream to become a pastry chef often felt like a nightmare, but i was so determined to keep going and master my talent .. I believed in myself, and my motivation always came from my desire to create unique and delicious pastries …. one advice to you is, when your head tells you to give up on your passion, this is when you need to push yourself, get some inspiration and keep going …”

Many thanks to you Christy and best of luck xx

for more details on this Master Class read click here

Meeting Rick Stein and dining in his restaurant at Bannisters by the sea hotel in Mollymook.

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Totally unplanned .. I bumped into Rick Stien while he was on his morning walk with his beautiful wife Sarah along Mollymook Beach!

Rick stein is one of my favourite celebrity chefs and TV personality. Rick has travelled the world exploring the many culinary traditions and cultures, and that’s what I love the most about his cooking, it’s all inspired by his travels adventures. I fell in love with his ‘From Venice to Istanbul’ episodes on BBC network, where he travels through the heart of Greece to the Black Sea passing by the flavours of Croatia and then to the authentic Turkish cuisine. Just inspiring!

Rick stein owns the seafood restaurant at the Bannisters by the sea Hotel where my family and I were staying for the Easter holiday earlier this year.

I didn’t know Rick owned that seafood restaurant at the hotel. But I noticed his books were displayed everywhere in the hotel reception, so I asked the receptionist and she informed me that it is his restaurant and that he was there at Mollymook for a short visit from the UK (where he lives). She also added that he had just left the reception 5 mins ago! 

I decided to buy one of his displayed books Rick Stein Coast to Coast, It matched the beach holiday theme with all the seafood recipes in there, and was only hoping I could meet him in person and maybe get a signature on the book too.

On the last day of our holiday, when I had already lost the hope to meet Rick, my husband recognized him walking along the beach not far away from us, he poked me and then said : “Here’s Stein walking towards us, do you want to talk to him?”, I looked where he was looking just to double check and yes it was Rick. At that point I was extremely shy to interupt him, so I grabbed my book from the car and held it in my hands, he was getting closer and closer, but i didn’t need to interrupt because as soon as he saw his book in my hands he stopped, smiled and started talking to me. I got my signature and his lovely wife Sarah offered to take a picture of us too. Yay!

Here are some photos from Bannisters by the sea Hotel at Mollymook. I highly recommend it, we had such a great time there and I can’t wait to go back again next year. click here to know more about Bannisters and their latest offers.

 

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