we’re trading the jandals for thongs…


Yep that's right, we are moving to Australia! No more dairy, deli it will now be. Whipper snipper, not weed eater. Bathers, not togs. Icy pole, not ice-block. Thongs, not jandals.

It's been talked about for years, yes we are going, no we're not, yes we are... And finally we are making it happen. We leave New Zealand March the 7th on a one-way ticket to Perth, Western Australia.

I'm excited about the possibilities that lie ahead, terrified at the thought of all that is going to be new, sad about leaving those who are near and dear to us, and our safe little routine life here in Raglan. I feel happy at the thought of seeing Si's family and am excited that they will finally be able to get to know our kids. I'm going to miss my Nana, who since living next door has become one of the most loved people in our kids lives, and who's daily visits when our kids were babies kept me sane. I'm going to miss being able to walk to the park, to town, to the beach, to my sisters and Dads. I'm going to miss seeing my neice and nephew grow up. I'm going to miss seeing the ocean from my front door. I'm going to miss my mum and little sister who is just starting high school this year. I am going to miss my brothers, who have only just themselves returned from years overseas. I'm going to miss our vege garden, but I'm looking forward to all the beautiful Australian produce I will be able to cook with and eat! Mangoes freshly picked from the front lawn anyone?! I'm looking forward to learning more about Vietnamese food from the master chef herself (My mother-in-law). Oh and of course I am looking forward to eating Ngot's rice paper rolls, Banh Xeo and vegetarian Pho. If you're lucky I may even share a recipe or two 🙂

I am looking forward to what is ahead of us, as a family.

One thing I'm really not looking forward to is packing up our life here. It's been 5 years since we brought and moved into this little house, we now call home. And having kids, really makes the whole moving thing a little more complicated. If it were just me I'd do as I used to on one of my many moves to Australia in the past. I'd stuff a backpack with clothes, my chef knives, a notebook scrawled with recipes, my camera and that would be me. But with kids there's the clothes (including dress-up clothes, a must in Ada's world), the toys (what do you take, what do you leave behind?), the books (actually don't even get me started on how I'm going to decide which cookbooks to take!), the bikes... To say we are going to be busy over the next 6 weeks is an understatement. But it will be all good. Exciting times ahead.

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    January 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    So exciting for you and your family Emm – hope it all goes smoothly and look forward to hearing all about it right here!

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    January 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Wow – how exciting! The only tip I have is to take with you whatever you can't replace. Bring on the Vietnamese recipes! x Sam

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    Leigh @ Toasted
    January 20, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Well, I think Perth is a great place to live!

    My opinion? leave just about all the toys – we've been culling severely and everyone's so much happier. I find they like toys they find so much more – mine have been thoroughly entertained with the washing up gloves in the kiddie pool for the last half-hour. And we LOVE having less to trip over and pick up.

    I'm back to use another recipe (braised chickpeas with spinach, mint, haloumi & mojo verde.) I think this is now on our high rotation list.

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    the good soup
    January 21, 2011 at 2:20 am

    you have to take ALL YOUR COOKBOOKS!! 🙂

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    January 22, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Thanks all, sorry for the late reply. We are at my mums house with very limited internet connection!
    Leigh- Thanks for the tips,yes we were thinking the only toys we will take are a couple of Ada's dolls, and dress-ups. Kye is just happy with taking his bike. I'm so happy to hear you have been making lots of my recipes! 🙂
    the good soup- I wish! Don't worry though,I'll be taking lots 🙂 We are only planning on moving to Perth for 2-5 years,so will just store the rest for when we move home again.

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    January 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    WOW! Good luck with the move..and we look forward to hearing your food journey in Aussie 🙂

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    Nigel Olsen
    January 25, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Moving will be stressful, that's a given; but the opportunities that it opens up for you all will be amazing! Make sure you continue blogging while you're there – that's a whole, new world of food we want to read about! Best of luck 🙂

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    January 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Thanks heaps Nigel. And don't you worry, I have no intentions to stop blogging anytime soon 😉

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    February 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Your food always looks so healthy and delicious. I can't wait to read about Australian fare! Best of luck!

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