Oh hello, 2012

2011 was a big year for me. Huge.

I travelled around Europe with my favorite guy – something we had been talking about since the beginning of our relationship. And we decided to make the move from New York to Australia. I also took the plunge and started a food blog to try to write about what I truly love.

If 2012 is half as lucky as 2011 was for me, I’ll be on the right track. I am looking forward to all the things I plan to learn, to see and to cook in this year.

Some people hate on New Years resolutions, but I’m a fan. What can I say? I like a good goal. And I’m not bad at sticking to something I truly want for myself. (With the exception of that year that I pledged to floss my teeth more.)
You can make a resolution whenever you need a kick in the butt, but I guess a new year seems like the most appropriate time.

I have a lot of goals for the kitchen in 2012.

I want to…

-Become a better photographer

-Perfect my paella

-Make my own yogurt

-Cook more of my Dad’s seafood recipes

-Make more frozen treats (ice pops! ice cream!)

-Learn more Asian cooking techniques…which this beautiful book should help with:


I’ll leave you with a fresh salad to ring in those new years healthy eating resolutions…

Tomato and Paw Paw Salad
10-15 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 of a medium paw paw (or papaya), cubed
1/2 of a small red onion, finely diced
Handful on coriander
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper (I over-pepper, as the photo above reveals)
Pinch of chilli flakes


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