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Sometimes you gotta make a tart

Sometimes I will see a recipe for a dessert so spectacularly wonderful that I just have to make it despite knowing that the process will be a continual uphill battle. This particular dessert that I am sharing with you today is a really good example. It’s in the middle of summer in Adelaide, and we are experiencing typical heatwave conditions where temperatures are up around the mid-40’s (close to 110˚F), so it’s reasonably hot. In weather conditions like this, there are certain things one should not make. Shortcrust pastry is one of those things. Read more…

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Show your support for Movember!

For those who are not familiar with Movember, it’s a month long event held in November that raises funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. How does Movember raise funds and awareness? Well, for the 30 days of November, those who participate in Movember try their best at growing a Mo (also known as a moustache), and in return for their efforts, the public is asked to sponsor them. So, on the 1st of November, guys start with a clean shaven face and by the end of 30 days, hopefully an impressive Mo has grown! Many celebrate the last day of Movember by shaving off their efforts. It’s amazing how much this movement has taken off considering it started 10 years ago with 30 guys growing a Mo for a great charitable cause. I’ve read on the Movember website that $443 million has been raised so far worldwide! If you are interested in finding out more information about Movember, click here. Apart from highlighting the importance of Movember, I really wanted to share with everyone an awesome YouTube video that my friend did in support of Movember as his alter ego Not Ron Burgundy. It’s absolutely hilarious! Happy viewing and Happy Movember!!!!!

When baking isn’t enough

Anything that lights your world leaves it dark once it’s gone ~ Ashly Lorenzana

The Cooking Chook has been a bit quiet in the last couple of weeks. I usually post a recipe every week, and sometimes I even do an extra post about something that I want to share with everyone. When things aren’t that great, I like to bake because baking is my refuge. It provides me with respite from all that is bad and helps me remember all that is good in this world. Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks have been exceptionally bad. Read more…

The Cooking Chook ditches the corporate life

This post has come quite late. I actually ditched corporate life about 4 months ago, but I haven’t had an opportunity since quitting work to be able to reflect on what has happened. Why did I ditch the corporate life? To make an extremely long story short, I quit the corporate life to pursue a career in Medicine. I decided very late last year, that I would quit work to go back to being a full-time student. I’ve always wanted to be a Doctor, but things didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted (they never do, do they?). I’ve ended up taking the scenic route, and I still haven’t quite reached my destination yet. If you’re interested in a bit more background to my story, check out this previous post. Here are some musings on the last six months in the life of The Cooking Chook…. Read more…

New kid in town

There is something about reading a blogger’s first post that makes me really happy. I think it’s because every time I read that first post, I remember the wonderful feelings I had about sharing what’s in my head (and kitchen) with the WordPress community (and beyond). It was no longer about me having a passion that only I knew about; it was about reaching out and sharing my passion with others, who in turn, shared their passion with me. It’s always a bit difficult to break into a new group when you don’t know anyone, and don’t have anyone to introduce you so I thought I would take the time to introduce to you all, my friend Melinda who is the owner of the blog Bookabye Baby. Melinda and I have been friends ever since high school, and we share A LOT of the same interests including a love of reading books, which is the focus of Melinda’s blog. So, if you have a passion for reading and books too, please welcome Melinda to the WordPress community and check out her blog 🙂

The Cooking Chook has finally schemed a way out

Excerpt from the ‘About thecookingchook’ page….

A thirty-something science nerd who is stuck in the financial services industry but is scheming a way out.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to inform you all that I have finally schemed a way out! Actually, that isn’t quite true. My way out is in a few weeks, but it’s a way out nonetheless. What is my escape, you ask? For those playing at home that haven’t been on The Cooking Chook train for long, I would like to tell you about a little dream I have. My dream is to become a Doctor. My earliest memory of wanting to become a Doctor involved me and a couple of broken bones at around the age of 5 (could be earlier or later, my memory is a bit fuzzy). I remembered how wonderful my Doctor was with ‘fixing’ me and making me feel better when I was in quite a distressed and painful state. From that point onwards, I wanted to be just like him. Read more…

It was a very good year

*breaks into song* When I was thirty-something, it was a very good year. It was a very good year for cooking great food and receiving KitchenAid tools. And meeting great people in the blogosphere. I wonder what the next year will bring. When I was thirty-something.

OK – so maybe I should leave the singing to Frank Sinatra. If you’re not familiar with this song, check it out on YouTube. Even though there are still five days to go until the new year ticks over, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on the year that has been. Read more…

The Cooking Chook has been a good Chook

Just had to post about this because I’m so excited! I will not lie, it has been a challenge being a good Chook for an entire year, but it looks like my efforts have paid off. This is what I got for my birthday/Christmas present this year:

  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Food Processor, both in Empire Red
  • Luke Nguyen Wok

A huge thank you to my partner, my partner’s family, my bestest friend Melinda…and Santa, of course. Can’t wait to give these babies a whirl over the weekend! Merry Christmas indeed!

My new babies

Bloggers: We are a special bunch

Reality blogger awardsunshine-award

In the short time that I have been blogging, I’ve noticed a trend; that bloggers are a very special bunch of people. We share our most personal thoughts and aspects of our lives on this thing called the internet that allows us to connect with people all over the World. I’ve also noticed that fellow bloggers are supportive, encouraging and some of the nicest people that I have come across but have never met before. Where exactly am I going with this? Well, last week I had two of my fellow bloggers nominate me for blogger awards. I would like to thank Adelaidefoodies for nominating me for the REALITY Blog Award and Natural Euphoria for nominating me for The Sunshine Award. Read more…

Are you for serious? The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The other day, I received notification that a fellow Aussie blogger at Life is short. Eat Hard! had nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you so much for nominating me and I’m chuffed to know that you enjoy reading my blog! It still feels a little weird knowing that there are people out there who voluntarily take the time to read about my passion (or obsession) for food (and other random things). It’s been a wonderful bloggy journey so far and I’ve been in touch with so many other wonderful bloggers who also share my passion. Read more…

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