HME at Home: Pork Fried Rice

I have decided I would add a new section to HME as a little insight to my home life in the kitchen.¬†Working as a chef from such a young age has been the best and worst thing I have done in my life. As much as I hate to say it my passion isn’t quite there anymore, to cook not to eat. I appreciate cuisines, I appreciate flavours and experimenting with them, but working in a kitchen and the rush of a busy service isn’t as exciting as it is exhausting as it use to be. I use to love the pressure of getting your section ready, now I am exhausted not only physically but emotionally and mentally. BUT in saying that, I love food experiences. I love the culture behind it, the atmosphere it creates and I also love the passion of other chefs that produce such amazing food. A lot of the time I become so inspired all I want to do is go home and spend a week cooking all the cuisines I can!

Lately I have been inspired to do more cooking at home for two reasons;

  1. Now that I am back living in a share house with people I want to hang out with, and people at home being plentiful, cooking doesn’t seem like a pointless task. Now I don’t have a lot of waste and having to eat the same thing three nights in a row.
  2. With my upcoming travels in sight I have been inspired to cook a little more at home and cook cultural things to get me excited and inspired to not end up going the tourist route.

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One Quick Trip to Sydney

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Last week my friend Sam and I, along with our work colleague Kim, decided to take a spontaneous overnight trip to Sydney to surprise our friends Phil and Kayli. As a Melbournian, a part of me has never wanted to explore enemy grounds and I never felt the urge to visit this harbour city, but my lesson has been learnt, I secretly adored Sydney.

I have been to Sydney maybe 3 or 4 times in my life, never seeing anything but the airport and the view from above as I was taking off to America, oh and the one time I cruised around Vanuatu and New Caledonia we had a transfer to the docks to and from the airport, which we didn’t see much as it was early and I had my eyes closed for the bus ride. When I think about Sydney I think about mass crowds at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but Sydney isn’t just about that. Walking along the harbour from the Botanical Gardens to Darling Harbour is spectacular, with amazing views of other parts of Sydney and along the way the old buildings and hidden wharfs. Being there for only a night we didn’t get to see much, because Sydney is HUGE! But plans to go back for maybe a few more days are swirling around in my head.

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HME At Home: Sunday BBQ

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This blog I created to share personal experiences, inspiration and things that make me happy. So it will vary on subject, eventually it will include my travels log when I finally head overseas, and one of my favourite things to write about it food and food experiences. Being a chef I like to make food apart of my journey and make a big deal about it. When I was planning my America road trip with my friends for early last year we were discussing places to go, New Orleans came up and we all agreed we wanted to head that way from Austin, mainly for that sweet jazz and antics on Bourborn Street. On the lead up to heading over to the states, all I could talk about was finding the best Gumbo in New Orleans and did intensive research. On our first day of exploring it was a mission to find the place with the best Gumbo, that place was The Gumbo Shop. I was in heaven!

Now a lot of people I talk to about my travels to America, both the times I went, they ask where my favourite place was, its not where you expect…

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EATS: Vineyard, St Kilda

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There is nothing more I love than going out and for breakfast, lunch or dinner with good company. TOday I took advantage of my 3pm start and grabbed a quick bite to eat with my Mum and sister who were visiting the city for the day. As much as I love exploring and finding hidden gems, we stuck to the track and dined on St Kilda’s famous Acland Street, known for its plentiful and old style cake shops. Since time was of the essence, we decided to sit and eat at the Vineyard, situated at the start of Acland Street. As daggy as the decor and stain glass windows are, the vibe of the place is great and is quite pleasent sitting in the ‘grass’ area in the sunshine, which lasted around 20 minutes today.

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