Tuesday, April 15, 2014

raw apricot, dark chocolate + coconut bites recipe, crazy news and your chance to win 1 of 5 copies of my book!

Last night I stayed up late, watching some crap on telly to stop me from checking my emails every two seconds. At around 11pm I gave up and went to bed, hoping the morning would bring the news I'd been hoping for. A little over an hour later I was awoken by Kye wanting a drink of water. As I grabbed his drink bottle from the fridge I had a quick check of my emails. Two minutes before, the email had come through. If it wasn't pitch black and nearly 1am in the morning, I would have screamed the house down (no joke!). But I didn't want to wake the kids. I briefly thought about just shutting down my phone, going back to bed and coming back to it in the morning... but really who could do that when they'd just been told they'd won the Reader's Choice in the Best Original Recipes category of the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards?!!! 

With the disappointment of missing out on the big award at last years Kidspot awards fresh in my mind, I had been trying my hardest not to get my hopes up too much. Although deep down, who am I kidding, I wanted this so bad! I'm absolutely humbled, gob-smacked and extremely thankful to each and every one of you who took the time to vote and make this possible! I can't thank you all enough. I'll be attending the awards at the end of next month, in Las Vegas, USA as a result of this win (!!) and I can barely contain my excitement at the thought of meeting so many of my favourite blogger friends in person, including my pals Sarah, Ashlae, Molly, Laura, Emma, Izy, Jeanine, Beth (hopefully even more finalist too!). Also the biggest congrats to my girl Sarah B! I'm gutted she won't be able to attend the awards, but stoked her manager (and my lovely friend), Samantha will be there to celebrate with me.

To celebrate all this amazing news, I've got 5 copies of my book to giveaway to some lucky New Zealand/Australian readers, thanks to my wonderful publisher Harper Collins(Sorry international friends, I'll hopefully be able to do a worldwide giveaway later in the year when it's available in the States!). To be in the draw, simply leave a comment below telling me your favourite My Darling Lemon Thyme recipe (from the book or blog) and I'll draw 5 names on Friday 18th April, using Random.org. I'll accept anonymous entries, but please leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you're a winner!

This competition has now closed. See the names of the five lucky winners in the comments below. Thanks to everyone who entered! xx

Also a special note for my NZ readers. We have a limited number of signed copies of my book available for those people who are unable to attend my Auckland or Raglan launch, which I will sign and post out when I'm in NZ next week. To pre-order these please ring Soul Shoes on 07-8258765 with your credit card details handy.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exciting news + Dark chocolate, pear + rosemary cake {gluten + dairy-free}

We were sitting at the dinner table the other night when Kye started talking and asking questions about same sex couples. He was very cute and I could see his little brain ticking over it all. 'Some families have two Mums, don't they?'. ' Yep.' 'Some families have two Dad's don't they?' 'Yep.' It was after this last statement that Ada piped up 'If there were two Dad's, would they know how to cook, mum?' (I giggled at this one. Their Dad doesn't cook a whole lot, so I can see why she was concerned!). I was starting to reply 'I'm sure they would...' when Kye butt in with the line of the night. 'Or some famous lady called Emma could teach them how to cook!'. I laughed out loud. He was dead serious. It wasn't what he said that got me thinking, it was the words he had chosen that stuck... 

I had my Perth book launch the other night (I'll share some pics soon) and it all went so much better than I ever would have dreamt! The sleepless nights I'd had leading up to the event were really not called for, it was a lovely casual night filled with loads of laughs and it turns out I'm not as terrified of talking in front of 80+ people as I had once thought. It was really, really lovely meeting all the new faces, but it was quite a shock to hear that some of them were star-struck meeting me. As cute and as flattering as it was, really, seriously, I'm not famous! I'm just me. I'm that same slightly awkward and outspoken girl that I've always been, who talks too much when nervous and pulls really silly faces way too often. I stress out when the kids fight and as much as I love cooking, I still loath thinking about what to cook for dinner, every night of the week. Right now I'm sitting here in my gym clothes, hours after I returned home in need of a shower, the dishes still need doing and the pile of clothes that needs washing is getting way out of hand. I'm real sorry, but nope, nothing famous about me here. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

a few of my favourite things {March 2014} + a behind the scenes look at making my cookbook + some BIG news!

So, hello April 1st. I've been waiting for you for a very long time! While some may call you April fools, me, I call you my official book launch date!!! Whaaaaa! Today's the day people! While I get back to cooking like a mad woman for this book launch I thought it might be quite nice to share my favourites post with a bunch of behind-the-scenes shots tacked on the end from back when I was making the book, along with a handful of shots that didn't quite make the cut. Thanks so much for all your lovely emails, messages and comments. It feels so bloody awesome to hear you're all loving the book as much as I do! Also crazy, amazing news to wake up to this morning... my blog is a finalist in the Saveur awards, in the Best Original Recipes catergory sitting alongside SO many of my favourite bloggers. Please vote and spread the word (blog with the most votes wins)!


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