The End of a Decade, 31 Dec 2009

I normally hold a pre-Christmas party for friends but this year, with so many people having already left for their holidays, I have given it a miss. So I toyed with the idea of having a New Year’s Eve gathering for those of us left in Sydney instead, but it turns out many people already have plans. A friend has since invited us out for an end of year meal, although Monsieur Poisson and I were quite prepared to spend the evening at home as per usual.

As the year and decade both draw to a close, it is a most opportune time to reflect on significant personal events – completing university, forging a career, farewelling said career, getting married, and many dramas in between these events along the way. This past year has proven to be a huge learning experience in the things that are important to me in life: family, loyalty, honesty, responsibility, integrity, love, respect and friendship. And with these aspects firmly defined so that they have a place or will have a place in my life, I feel better equipped to face the next decade as someone’s wife and hopefully someone’s mother.

Just around the corner I will be starting a new career in a field related to my past but in a role somewhat different to what I am accustomed. The prospect is exciting, promising and frightening all at once. This will also have a direct impact on my blogging habits thus far – if you don’t see anything new here for a while, please be patient and be assured that this baby will not be silent for too long an extended period!

As well as embarking on a new career, I am going to challenge myself to make use of recipe cards sent to me by the always lovely Anna. The set of fifty cards were a free offer from The Age and feature recipes by Jill Dupleix. (Was there a similar offer from Sydney Morning Herald that I missed?) Inspired by My Food Trail’s Cookbook Challenge, I aim to cook from one recipe card per week so that I’ll have worked through all fifty of them by the end of the year. Otherwise I fear these recipe cards will just look cute amongst my cookbooks and go to waste whilst gathering dust. Ambitious? Slightly. Somewhat mad? Always!

And what better way to end the year than with an award! I recently received an ‘Over The Top!’ award from Foraging Otaku and once again feel very humbled that I have been chosen amongst the throng of quality food blogs that are around. Although I’m completely puzzled what qualifies this blog as ‘over the top’, I’m happy to receive any awards as long as they’re given in a positive sense! Click here to see whose esteemed company I shared, and have a read through Forager’s posts while you’re there – you get a real sense of how grounded a person she is.

According to the rules of this award, I must provide readers with the answers to the thirty-five questions below in one word. I also must thank my award-giver for this fun award (Thank you once again, Forager!) and grant six of my favourite bloggers this award, then give them the heads-up that they have been nominated.

So after much thinking, choosing, reading, more thinking and reviewing, here are my nominated six:

Again, as far as I can tell, none of the above have been previous recipients of the ‘Over The Top!’ award. Congratulations, and now it’s your turn to pass it on and answer these intriguing questions! Here are my answers:

  1. Where is your cell phone? Nearby
  2. Your hair? Abundant
  3. Your mother? Dependent
  4. Your father? Absent
  5. Your favourite food? French
  6. Your dream last night? Weird
  7. Your favourite drink? Juices
  8. Your dream/goal? Contentment
  9. What room are you in? Study
  10. Your hobby? Food-blogging!
  11. Your fear? Disappointment
  12. Where do you want to be in six years? Domesticated
  13. Where were you last night? Home
  14. Something that you aren’t? Pushover
  15. Muffins? Yes…?
  16. Wish list item? Handbags
  17. Where did you grow up? Sydney
  18. Last thing you did? This!
  19. What are you wearing? Pyjamas
  20. Your TV? Off
  21. Your pets? None
  22. Friends? Integral
  23. Your life? Evolving
  24. Your mood? Positive
  25. Missing someone? Secret
  26. Vehicle? Invisible
  27. Something you’re not wearing? Jewellery
  28. Your favourite store? Book
  29. Your favourite colour? Depends…
  30. When was the last time you laughed? Now
  31. Last time you cried? Forgotten
  32. Your best friend? Fishy
  33. One place that I go to over and over? Dreams
  34. One person who emails me regularly? Everyone
  35. Favourite place to eat? Kitchen 
happy new year & happy eating!


  1. I do love this time of year as you say, it's a good time for reflection. Good luck in your new job. Like you, despite how busy I am, I can't keep away from my blog for too long! :)

    Have a happy new year!

  2. Hehe I'm intrigued by the weird dream and I love bookstores too! Happy New Year and may 2010 bring many wonderful surprises! :D

  3. happy new year and all the best for 2010 dude!

  4. Thanks for the award!

    Happy New Year & best wishes for 2010!!

  5. A very happy new year to you, may it be filled with more handbags, juice and visits to bookstores ;)

  6. Love a good bookstore (especially when overseas) and thanks for the award! All the best for a deliciously fulfilling 2010!

  7. Thanks for the award! It was lovely meeting you this year and good luck in your new job! Happy New Year!

  8. A very happy new year to you Rita! All the best with your new challenge and congrats with the well-deserved award!

  9. Happy New Year! You're most welcome for the award and it is always interesting to read about others' thoughts - like a strange type of voyeurism...

  10. Happy New Year! You know I just found the SMH version of the cards today after a big cleanup! Hope you have a wonderful 2010, and congratulations and good luck on the new job.

  11. Happy New Year to you Rita! :) May next year bring along more blogging adventures for you. :P

  12. Thank you so so much dearie. I appreciate the award and will pass it on...with answers to all the Q's. Lots of love and best wishes for all you do. Stay well

  13. I am looking forward to your cooking challenge once a week already! I always thought of doing something similar, and then I chicken out. :P Wish you all the best in 2010 and eat more!

  14. Happy new year, dear mamselle! I'm glad you started blogging and can't wait to read more from you in 2010.

  15. thanks for the award! all the best in 2010, good luck with the new career and definitely looking forward to reading about your cooking challenge :)

  16. Hi Julia, thank you for leaving a comment here =) This year is heralding new starts so I'm hoping to balance those with this here hobby!

    Hey Lorraine, I'm always having weird dreams! I hope 2010 brings many wonderful things your way too =)

    Hey Suze, happy new year to you again too!

    Hey missklicious, you're most welcome and I see you've got your post up about it already!

    Hey Conor, the handbags have already started! I'll get onto the (fruit) juice tomorrow and hopefully squeeze in some bookstores at some point in time =p

    Hey Joey, you're very welcome and I look forward to seeing more of your delicious antics this year =)

    Hey Jacq, you're welcome and it was great to get to meet you too!

    Hey Ellie, thanks! You'll see a lot more cooking posts here soon.

    Hey Forager, thanks again for the award - it really made me think before answering those questions!

    Hey Reemski, thought there'd be a SMH version...Are you going to cook from them, or did they get tossed out in the recent clean-up?

    Hey D, same to you! Looking forward to seeing more photography and posts from you this year =D

    Hey Kitchen Butterfly, you're most deserving of the award and I look forward to seeing who you pass it onto as well as your answers to those questions!

    Hey Billy, thanks for dropping by =) Haha, you don't give yourself enough credit - you tried out for Masterchef after all!

    Hey Belle, happy new year to you too! The way things are going, I think there'll be much more cooking here this year...

    Hey panda, you're very welcome! The cooking for the challenge has already started so keep your eyes peeled for a post soon =)


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