Monday, September 20, 2010

Foodbuzz: Project Food Blog Challenge

I've just submitted my entry in Foodbuzz: Project Food Blog Challenge for my foodie blog Simply About Life and I'm hoping to move onto the next 10 weeks of food, food, food and a whole lot of blogging for this food lover's competition. It's a week by week challenge set up to encourage us to go further and beyond in our foodie adventures. Each week the list of contestants get voted to move onto the next week so I'm hoping to do just that with a little bit of help .... so please read my blog and vote for me HERE.(voting will start on 20th September)

I'm a lover of good food and love to cook for family and friends. A stay-at-home mum with a tough job of trying to please my three foodie critics (sometimes a very vocal but well meaning bunch) each with different palates and varying opinions about what is good food. I cook for fun, creativity.... a smuggled vegie here and there, a short-order cook at times for the hungry with a 24hr all you can eat special and lastly with imagination.... with whatever is in the fridge and pantry but to me it's an opportunity to just cook for those I love the most. 

So here's my post from Simply About Life. Challenge#1: Ready, Set, Blog Post. 

Foodbuzz is all about foodies and it's a food lover's community which has launched a food blogging contest called Project Food Blog and they're looking for the next Food Blog Star and I have decided to give it a go and enter it.
What is Project Food Blog? This contest will consist of a series of 10 weekly challenges with contestants being systematically eliminated after each round. The challenges are set out to encourage us to go further and beyond in our foodie adventures and the winner will receive a $10,000 grand prize. So far there have been over 1800 entries and this very first challenge only 400 will move onto the next challenge. So here's Challenge#1....
Challenge #1: Ready, Set, Blog! What defines you as a food blogger and why you think you have what it takes to be the next food blog star?

Where has the time gone? I've been blogging since... oh I have to check this again, um since... March 2010 says my profile. I started out blogging for fun and to try to get back into writing or at least some form note taking to account for the things that I've been up to up until now with being a stay-at-home mum and looking after my three kids and trying to deal with different tastes and varying appetites during all hours of the day.

My biggest foodie critics.

I having an active almost 2 year old who eats just about everything all except peas, which he would pick up from his plate and flick over all areas of the house. I don't think he registers them as food and will hide them all over the house if he could. He seems to take alot of joy out of aiming them at our dear old cat, Sakura but lucky without any fatal shots. I have another son who eats anything with cheese, ham and his favourite .... chicken wings at all times of the day and almost nothing else. A very fussy eater but I'm hoping that will change someday so I try very hard to offer him different foods to tempt his taste buds. And lastly I have a daughter who grew out of her almost all meat diet to being an adventurous eater daring to try out new dishes and now loves her vegies. When she was younger and before she started school she was a very good eater with all her food and wasn't fussy at all... that was until she started school and that all changed when they were given cooked meals at lunch. She was a smart little cookie when delegating who would get her vegies and everything else she didn't like. I guess eating vegetables wasn't the "in" thing at kindergarten but I'm glad it's all changed. So with these three people at home I have the task of trying to get them to eat a balanced meal and I try my best to serve up my style of homecooking. It's a mix of what the kids like to eat and what the adults like to eat, sometimes I  have to compromise with a smuggled vegetable and spices here and there but it all seems to work. 

The food.

My blog is about the food we love to eat, some favourites and some new creations I've stumbled upon that just work well but all of them are foodie adventures that I want to share with anyone who loves food and family. My food is about trying to make a meal that's simple, good and quick to make. They are easy to follow not too complicated, some that have been handed to me from my grandmother... a treasured secret to share and some that have been family staples that have gotten us through the week. I'm always looking out for something to try out or something that evokes a foodie moment from when I first realised my love for good food. I guess you could say food in our family is always about comfort and that's the best kind of food. A meal that is shared and one that gives you that warm "comfy" feeling all homecooking from a mum's kitchen. As a mum the best compliments are the smiles from the people you love and hearty request for "Mum, can you make this again. I can eat this all the time." or the best compliment so far is from the almost 2 year old... "More?" 

The best compliment...
just a little bit "more" and a quick snooze!

I'm not a trained chef or cook but it's been more of an "on the job" sort of training with a lot of trials and errors.... split gravy, burnt casseroles, smoking volcano cakes and many more misadventures which have lead me down this path. What has kept me going is my passion for food and passing it on to my kids with the hope that they will learn about good food, the love of creating meal and the known pleasure that a shared meal amongst family and friends are one of the simplest and most rewarding feeling a foodie adventurer can have.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


This week's theme over at Polly Dolly is What would your Dolly wear in: 



It's been a while but doesn't every girl like a bit of dress up especially when you're dressed up in something shiny and metallic. So I'm out on the town with a shimmery metallic tote just big enough for me to fit all my goodies for the day. Not alot of colour but just a splash of pale pink on my lips. Shiny cuff and feathery earrings for a bit of glamour. A ruffled top and lovely pinstripe pants and I'm walking in my new booties!

A Work in Progress.....

What has it been? 2 weeks ago... I'm having a dryspell of words to blog. Well, actually the words are there floating around my head but putting them to type just never materialised.... a work in progress.....
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I've been up late hours of the night thinking about the things that have to be done and what I want to make. I have this idea of making and just being creative again with my sewing and that seems to be taking up lot of my time on my own and sometimes away from what should matter the most. I guess you could say I've been a little obsessive and it's gotten the better of me.

I've really enjoyed my new adventure back into sewing and I've been thinking about setting up shop and doing something about online. You know working from home and trying to be productive outside of the household. So I've spent tons of time looking at material, measuring, drafting and it's been taking up the better hours of the morning when I should have been asleep. And so the other day it hit me that I've been consumed by this "obsession" monster and I really should just let it go for while and get back to life..... I've missed the comfort that writing has given me and it's time to get back to the other things I like to do like cooking....  ah another blog I've neglected for about 4 weeks...I still take photos but just haven't blogged about.... Foodbuzz must be noticing by now... So with that I'm determined to get these creative thoughts back to my fingertips and onto the laptop... so glad to be back:)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

31 Photos in 31 Days – August 2010 –Round Up

Last month I joined this photography challenge called "31 Photos in 31 Days: August 2010" by  and it was fun and challenging at times especially when I'd have the perfect shot for that day and I would be frantically searching my bag for my camera and .....ta dah it wasn't there! 

Most of the photos I took were about little glimpses into my daily life. The kids, food, in the car on the way to drop some one off or to pick up someone and some daily sights around the city. I guess they were just things you take for granted. 

Anyway, I managed to keep up with  30 29days out of the 31 days of August .... I wasn't feeling well on that day and couldn't get out of bed to take a photo let alone be in the mood to do it. I never thought of pulling out of the challenge so I really don't mind doing this again. Maybe I should just take a random photo everyday and post it:)

So here's a round up of all my "31 Photos in 31 Days – August 2010" –Round Up

Day 1. The monsoon rain outside my window

Day 2. Can I play with the computer?

Day 3. A strong cup of tea.

Day 4. Cornflake biscuit anyone?

Day 5. Mummy I can spell my name in my alphabet soup!

Day 6. Sakura just being a lazy cat.

Day 20..... The missing photo!!

Day 26....another missing photo..... I thought I had one 

29 photos ..... I did it!!! But I was pretty certain I had taken 30 photos I must have left it in draft. 

This is my favourite out of all of them. My two little clowns! They make so much noise around the house with laughter and just boyish fun. 



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