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!
TOP 10 RESTAURANTS THAT MADE MY STOMACH SING.
These are the little beauties that I got to experience in 2013.
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
6. La Ville French (Vietnam)
7. Bistro Guillaume
8. Paramount coffee project
9. Bistrode CBD
10. Culter & Co
Above: Berowra Waters Inn & Culter & Co
Below: La Ville French & Bistro Guillaume
TOP 5 FAVOURITE RECIPES FOR THE YEAR.
1. Perfecting sourdough
On the blog soon
3. Lamb shanks
Recipe to posted in Winter
4. Lemon Meringue Pie
4. Salted Caramel Sauce
I now pour it on everything. You can find the recipe here.
Above: Lemon Meringue Pie, Sourdough & Salted Caramel Sauce.
AWESOME PR EVENTS I HAD THE PLEASURE OF ATTENDING.
These are listed in date order rather than top.
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!
Lindey Milans DVD Launch
This was blogged under tea-smoked salmon recipe
Makers Mark Chop House
The major highlight was dipping my own makers mark bottle- boo yeah! See my blog post Makers Mark Launch
Philippines Cusine at The Shangri-la (Sydney Food Month)
Understood after what all the fuss about a ‘Halo Halo’ was!
Buns and Balls opening
Kambrook Christmas event
Cooking demonstrations: I finally learnt that making my own Christmas pudding was not so difficult.
Above: Kambrook (cooking class), Buns & Balls, 3TO7 & Waitan
Below: Makers Mark, Breville Stand mixer (Appliances online photo), & Lyndey Millan
THINGS IN 2013 THAT MADE ME SAD.
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!)
Above: The magical dessert at Bennelong, Guillaume & Myself & My signed Cookbook
GETTING BETTER WITH THE CHUNKY CAMERA. 5 TOP SHOTS
1. Creme Brulee
2. Mollymook Sunrise
3. Lemon Meringue Pie
5. Vietnam Sunset
2013 WHAT A YEAR
Other fantastic memories of 2013 (not in any sort of order)
Eat Drink Blog
I got invited to my first Food Conference in Perth; let me just say- it was amazing!
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!
Above: The sunset in Vietnam & EDB’s backdrop
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!
Above: Our Christmas Feast
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!
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!)
Above: Crash Tackling my Sister & Melissa’s Wedding
First time in paper
I was in the daily telegraph for the makers mark event. *Cue jumping around the house!
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!
Above: In the Daily Telegraph with Simons Food Favourite’s & St Vincent’s Award
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.
My new kitchen aid stand mixer
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’
Above: Before our Wine Tour, My beloved Kitchenaid & Start line of the trek