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A tribute to Pappou and Yiayia

‘When it rains, it pours’, isn’t that how the saying goes? In my case, this saying certainly describes the last two months of my life. In two months, three people were taken from my world, two of which were my DBF’s grandfather and grandmother – or Pappou and Yiayia as they say in Greek. Sounds a bit excessive doesn’t it. I was surprised at how hard the loss has hit me. I mean, Pappou and Yiayia were my DBF’s grandparents, not mine; however, I still felt a great sense of loss. Upon reflection of my feelings, I began to understand why I felt the way I did. Pappou and Yiayia were the closest thing I ever had to real grandparents. Read more…

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…

To give thanks with chocolate

Mini FrangelicoI just finished my mid-year exams a few days ago. Five exams in eight days – phew! This was a testing point for me, to see if I really had the capability to go back to Uni to study the sciences at a high level, after more than a decade away from the books. I feel OK. I felt reasonably confident that I did well in my exams and in the subjects overall. Hopefully, when results come out in two weeks, I won’t be disappointed. For my last exam, I recruited my partner to help me study; a challenge in itself, because he’s an Accountant, not a fellow Scientist. I gave him all of my lectures notes, and asked him to ask me questions to test whether or not I was retaining anything. We spent a couple of hours doing this before I decided, enough was enough. If I didn’t know the content by now, it was too late anyway. 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…

Say ‘I love you’ with a Banoffee Pie

It was my partner’s birthday a couple of days ago and I wanted to make him something special. He has a bit of a sweet tooth and is mad about bananas, so it’s not surprising that one of his favourite desserts is Banoffee Pie. But I didn’t just want to make him the ‘run-of-the-mill’ type Banoffee Pie (even though he would’ve been more than happy with that), I wanted to make something extra special; something that said ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘I love you’.  Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Belgian chocolate truffle making

How does a chocolate lover test the strength of their will? Take a chocolate making class! My cousin messaged me a couple of weeks ago asking me if I wanted to take a Belgian chocolate truffle making class with her at the Adelaide School of Chocolate because there was a 2 for 1 deal going for the month of June (it’s normally $99 per person). I’ve never really worked with chocolate before, apart from making the odd ganache for a cake, so I thought this would be a good a time as ever to have a crack. Read more…

Forget the champagne! Celebrate with Maltesers!

MaltesersOh yes, these tasty chocolate covered malty balls are a favourite in my household (along with almost every other chocolate), and I’m always more than happy to find an excuse to eat them. So, when Australian Good Taste magazine released their ‘Chocolate’ issue several weeks back, I was delighted to see an amazing Malteser cake gracing the front cover. But, when to make this spectacular cake? The recipe called for almost 500g of Maltesers. This was not a cake you would whip up to gradually eat on your own. It was special and needed a suitable occasion to go with it. Read more…

Never turn your back on a Hungry Man – How my salmon got stolen

So, this post was going to be about a really easy and delicious salmon recipe but I thought I needed to do a community service and warn the Ladies of a potential threat in your homes: The Hungry Man. It is well known in my household that I’m a blogger, which means that most of the time, ANY food I make is a potential blog post. With that, comes some ground rules that are to be followed if you want to eat the food I make:

  1. Make sure that said blogger has enough space to do her mise en place as it will undoubtedly involve pictures taken in weird bodily positions. In other words, no hovering.
  2. Once said blogger has prepared the food and is ready to plate, be prepared to wait a moment before taking any food as, once again, more pictures will be taken of the finished product. In other words, be patient and wait until it is clear which serve you can take because I want to ensure there is some continuity with the pictures taken. Read more…

These are a few of my favourite things – Girlie time and day spas

Endota spaIt’s taken me a long time to get into the habit of taking time out for me. I’ve always been a restless person, always on the go, juggling fifty bijillion things all at once in both my work life and personal life. It wasn’t until I became really unwell a few of years ago, that I realised I needed to schedule in time to unwind. At the time, I was working full time and travelling interstate A LOT for work. I was also studying part time, trying to finish off my Business degree. I really did not have any ‘down’ time whatsoever, and my health suffered significantly. In the end, I was advised by my Doctor that I had to slow down and take better care of myself. It was hard for me to concede that I was not Wonder Woman (although I would happily dress up as her) and that I couldn’t do everything all at once all the time. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Melbourne

Actually, it’s more like the Cooking Chook does Noble Park/Springvale. Happy New Year everyone! I thought maybe my first post of the year should be about what I did between the time of my last post and the start of 2013. I was on a road trip (or should I say plane trip) with my parents to visit my Dad’s brother and his family who live in Noble Park, a suburb South East of Melbourne’s CBD. This was the first time in almost two decades that I had travelled to visit my Uncle. Normally, we’d catch up when he and his family would drive over to Adelaide. Every year between Christmas and New Years Day, my folks and my Dad’s two other younger brothers and their families would travel to Melbourne to spend a few days with their youngest sibling and celebrate the New Year. This time around, I thought I would change things up a little and join in on the fun. Read more…

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