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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…

How the Cooking Chook ended up in a food coma

Finally, Christmas Day arrived which meant the usual Christmas lunch with my partner’s family. I’ve mentioned before that the Christmas fare usually consists of seafood and some BBQ dishes, but this year, my partner’s Mum decided to do a seafood entree with a hot main. I volunteered to do lunch dessert, and decided to make White Chocoberry tartlets because they turned out so well when I was testing the recipe. Before sitting down to lunch, we handed out everybody’s presents. I noticed that there were a lot more presents under the tree this year. Despite my partner’s family buying me my KitchenAid appliances for my birthday/Christmas present a couple of weeks earlier, I was incredibly surprised to have received a couple more presents from them. Talk about being made to feel special! Read more…

Bloggers: We are a special bunch

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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…

These are a few of my favourite things – Luke Nguyen

It’s not every day that you get to meet one of your favourite celebrity chefs and tell them how much of an inspiration they are to you. I got my chance to do that today when I met Luke Nguyen at a book signing lunch. For those who don’t know Luke Nguyen, he is part of the extraordinary team at Red Lantern (which he owns with his partner, his sister and her partner), the best modern Vietnamese restaurant I know in Sydney. Luke has authored and contributed recipes to some amazing cookbooks, including two that I own personally (Secrets of the Red Lantern and The Songs of Sa Pa) and is the host of a couple of great cooking shows (Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong) that feature on SBS. Why is Luke an inspiration? Read more…

Here I go again…..

Those who are close to me know that for the last couple of years, I have been trying to get into medical school. For those who have just joined me on my bloggy journey, if you’re interested, you can have a read of my experience so far in this post. I’ve always wanted to be a Doctor. I can’t see myself in any other career but medicine. I want to practice medicine so badly that it hurts to think of a future where I’m not doing it. What I’ve been doing so far, in regards to employment, has just been that – something that I do to pay the bills. No interest, no passion, no joy. Read more…

Cure-all chicken soup Vietnamese style

Chicken soup, the magical dish that is supposed to be able to cure all ills. The Vietnamese have a version of chicken soup, called cháo gà, but it has rice in it instead of noodles.  My Mum made this for me every time I was sick, and until recently, I didn’t actually know how to make it.  I have been fortunate enough to be a healthy adult that rarely gets really sick, but at the start of the year, I came down with a severe cold that resulted in me staying in bed for an entire week. It also meant that I was too sick to eat any of the usual foods I would eat if I was well. So, I called my Mum to ask her how to make cháo gà, but for some reason that day she wasn’t answering her phone. In a bit of a pickle, and yearning for this particular dish, I was on a mission to find a recipe. Read more…

The foodie road to self-discovery: Why it is great being a Vietnamese-Australian

There are advantages to being a Vietnamese-Australian.  Having been born in Australia, I escaped the horrors that my parents went through with the Vietnam War.  Understandably, to this day, they don’t talk much about what happened back then.  Living in Australia also means having access to some wonderful food produce.  I’m lucky enough to live near the Adelaide Central Market which is one of South Australia’s food meccas (in my opinion), and I go there most weeks to do my food shopping.  I absolutely adore this place, because you can pretty much get whatever is on your shopping list regardless of whether it is your normal everyday grocery items or something that is a little more gourmet and special. Read more…

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