The Sweet Swap 2013 was a food bloggers’ event organised and hosted by Sara from Belly Rumbles and Amanda from Chew Town.

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We were having our good friends, and fellow foodies, D and T, over for dinner. What to cook? Usually J and I spend ages discussing what to serve for each course and who is going to do what.
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Different explanations exist as to why people celebrate Christmas in July. Some say it is to have the traditional Christmas feast of a roast and all the accompaniments in more appropriate weather (as opposed to a hot Aussie summer) and others think it is all a marketing campaign for the retail industry that can suffer from slow sales at this time of year.
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I had been invited to a Christmas in July dinner and wanted to take something Christmassy so decided to bake gingerbread cookies.

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J has been travelling a lot in the last year for work, and that leaves me catering for one. Which means I get lazy, I can’t be bothered coming home from work and cooking anything too exciting if it is only going to be me to appreciate it.

 

As there won’t be any interesting cooking to blog about in the next few weeks I thought I would document what I eat for dinner when J is away.
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J and recently had a weekend in Tassie. We try and do this regularly so as to catch up with my parents. Qantas had a sale on, which is always a good excuse to go, and we picked the weekend that coincided with my Dad’s birthday. Flying to Tassie from Melbourne is easy, the car trip from home to the airport can take longer than the flight time. We take-off, get to the required cruising altitude and level out for 10 minutes, before starting the descent into Launceston airport, all of which take 45-60 minutes.
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This post covers some of the more interesting dishes I have cooked in the past two weeks.
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I love a long weekend. Apart from J playing golf on the Monday, we had nothing planned, so it was perfect for relaxing and pottering around the house. And trying out some new recipes!

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After a great weekend in Sydney, it was a bit depressing having to go to work on the Monday, my actual birthday.

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I like MasterChef and am not ashamed to admit it. For those of you who don’t know, Masterchef is a reality TV cooking competition, and the Australian version is currently about half way through its third season.

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J and I really wanted to do a cooking school when we were in Singapore, one because we like cooking and also to learn some local dishes. It is also a good way to meet locals and, in this case, see how they live

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