2013- What a year! (2013 rollup)

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Readers beware: this post has a bit of content as 2013 was a fab year for me, personally and as a blogger! I cannot wait to see what 2014 will unveil! Going through my posts/instagram/facebook/twitter to see what I had rambled about made me smile over what 2013 had brought to me. Another warning, some of these shots are from the trusted iphone- please don’t judge! ¬

Look out 2014!

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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS THAT MADE MY STOMACH SING.

These are the little beauties that I got to experience in 2013.

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1. Oscillate Widleys

2.  Spice Temple

Hubby surprised me for my birthday and to top it off, our table was seated next to Neil Perry- oh my!)

3. Berowra Waters Inn

4. Porteno

5. Peaches

6. La Ville French (Vietnam)

7. Bistro Guillaume

8. Paramount coffee project

9. Bistrode CBD

10. Culter & Co

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Above: Berowra Waters Inn & Culter & Co

Below: La Ville French & Bistro Guillaume

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TOP 5 FAVOURITE RECIPES FOR THE YEAR.

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1. Perfecting sourdough

2. Paella

On the blog soon

3. Lamb shanks

 Recipe to posted in Winter

4. Lemon Meringue Pie

Posted in February

4. Salted Caramel Sauce

I now pour it on everything. You can find the recipe here.

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Above: Lemon Meringue Pie, Sourdough & Salted Caramel Sauce.

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AWESOME PR EVENTS I HAD THE PLEASURE OF ATTENDING.

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These are listed in date order rather than top.

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Appliances-online Morning tea

And it was tops I recieved a goodie bag with an awesome Breville all in one stick blender- I can now say that I’m in love with it!

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Lindey Milans DVD Launch

This was blogged under tea-smoked salmon recipe

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Makers Mark Chop House

The major highlight was dipping my own makers mark bottle- boo yeah! See my blog post Makers Mark Launch

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Philippines Cusine at The Shangri-la (Sydney Food Month)

Understood after what all the fuss about a ‘Halo Halo’ was!

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3TO7 Launch

Waitan Opening

Buns and Balls opening

Kambrook Christmas event

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Cooking demonstrations: I finally learnt that making my own Christmas pudding was not so difficult.

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Above:¬ Kambrook (cooking class), Buns & Balls, 3TO7 & Waitan

Below: Makers Mark, Breville Stand mixer (Appliances online photo), & Lyndey Millan

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THINGS IN 2013 THAT MADE ME SAD.

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1. Guillaume of Bennelong has their final service

As many of you would know, I adore Guillaume. He would be my favourite chef! Some of my treasured memories include meeting this fantastic man; He then wrote my  birthday on his hand so he would remember if he was at the restaurant he would say hi (unfortunately he finished after the lunch service- but still!)

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Above: The magical dessert at Bennelong, Guillaume & Myself & My signed Cookbook

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GETTING BETTER WITH THE CHUNKY CAMERA. 5 TOP SHOTS

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1. Creme Brulee

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2. Mollymook Sunrise

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3. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

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4. Waffles

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5. Vietnam Sunset

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2013 WHAT A YEAR

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Other fantastic memories of 2013 (not in any sort of order)

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Eat Drink Blog

I got invited to my first Food Conference in Perth; let me just say- it was amazing!

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Vietnam

I surprise my Husband for our 2nd year anniversary with a trip to Vietnam- he had no idea until we rocked up to the airport!

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Above: The sunset in Vietnam & EDB’s backdrop

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Christmas

I love Christmas- it is my favourite time of year. Family comes together to celebrate with food, wine and presents- my type of party. Then to finish in a food coma requiring a good nap!

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Above: Our Christmas Feast

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Genevieve’s ¬†& Cameron’s Wedding

My sister got hitched and I was asked be part of the special occasions by titles- the matron of honor. What a fantastic day!

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Melissa’s & Lewis wedding

Only a few weeks later, I got in wedding mode again and celebrated another brilliant wedding (and also was honored to be a bridesmaid!)

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Above: Crash Tackling my Sister & Melissa’s Wedding

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¬ First time in paper

I was in the daily telegraph for the makers mark event. *Cue jumping around the house!

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Masters completed

To start the year, I recieved award the St Vincent’s Education award then to finish the year off in style- I completed my masters in Health Science (Critical Care Nursing). No more late night peeps!

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Above: In the Daily Telegraph with Simons Food Favourite’s & St Vincent’s Award

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Hunter Valley Food Bloggers trip

A bunch of female food bloggers got together and spent a long weekend in the Hunter Valley- such a fun weekend! See my Muse Restaurant post for some more details.

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My new kitchen aid stand mixer

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Oxfam trail walk

3 friends and I embarked on a gruelling, sleepless 100km trek. Unfortunately at the 20 hour mark, I ¬†dislocated my knee; however the 3 girls went on to finish! Go Team ‘Vinnie’s Pacemakers’

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Above: Before our Wine Tour, My beloved Kitchenaid & Start line of the trek

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2013 YOU WERE A GOOD YEAR INDEED!

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