It’s been quite the year, with lots going on and a lot of time spent travelling, skiing and just living life in general, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging! I say every year that I hope to blog more, but I guess it’s not a bad thing that I’m spending more time living life rather than writing about it. There’s still plenty of blog posts in the pipeline though, and with 2014 almost done and dusted, it’s time to revisit some of my favourite moments from the year.
I kicked off the year with something I’d always wanted to do – fruit picking! Sir D and I spent the day in Bilpin picking some of my favourite stone fruits and eating pies at roadside diners. It was a great day out and something I’d definitely recommend.
In April, I visited Japan for the first time and realised that I would never, ever get sick of Japanese food.
We ate sushi, ramen, yakitori, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, onigiri and perfectly constructed cakes day in and day out and I never got sick of it. The bigger problem was deciding what to eat and having enough meals to fit everything in!
And yes it’s true… we’re going back again in March 2015! We’re spending most of our time skiing in Niseko but don’t forget that days of
falling over skiing can work up a hearty appetite…
Meat’s always been popular, but this year saw the rise of low ‘n’ slow, smoked meats, served Southern BBQ style. We stuffed ourselves into meat comas with meat from the Black Betty smoker at The Oxford Tavern. There’s much brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and pulled pork deliciousness to be had.
We checked out some cool bars, including one that literally opened a few days ago. And I discovered that I’m starting to move away from sweet fruity drinks and learning to appreciate whisky (of all things! I blame Sir D).
Of course, the year wouldn’t be complete without some dessert! You guys probably know by now that I pretty much love all desserts. But I think I’m a bit of a chocoholic at heart (though doughnuts still make me a bit weak at the knees…) so a chocolate feast at The Choc Pot was right up my alley.
Then there was that amazingly oozy chocolate fondant…
And Messina. Always Messina.
I did a bit of dessert-making myself this year foraying into the world of chiffon cakes, which I had a slight obsession with for a couple of weeks, churning out multiple cakes that Sir D and I unashamedly demolished between the two of us.
Christmas time also brought out the baker in me with not one but two desserts!
And that brings us to the end of yet another year, with lots of eating done and probably more exercising required. Wishing you guys a happy new year and hoping that 2015 brings more happiness and deliciousness to you all!