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Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: A Grab Your Fork digest

Where did the year go? It must be a sign of getting older when the year swoops by faster than a food blogger's camera over your main course.

People often say to me "you seem to eat out a lot" to which I always reply "oh no, not really, just a few meals here and there". And yet reviewing a year's worth of posts seems to prove otherwise - so much food. How did I fit it all in?

With ease, of course.

In late January 2009, Grab Your Fork hit 1000 posts. Over the year, 248 posts were published - this is post number 1223. It's been a delicious year spent with family and friends, including an ever-increasing circle of near and dear food blogging compatriots. It's always the food memories that stand out to me the most. I may not know what I was wearing, or what music was playing, but name an occasion and I'm more than likely to remember the meal I was eating at the time!

Here's a brief snapshot of my favourite pics and posts of 2009:


Crab racing at the Court House Hotel, Newtown


Shish kebabs and Turkish pizza at New Star Kebabs, Auburn


Rooster on a bed of xoi sticky rice at Veruca Salt's Chinese New Year banquet


Making an R2D2 cake with Veruca Salt


The first-ever night-time Chinese New Year parade


Vietnamese Tet festival at Fairfield Showground

Finally learning how to make my own chopstick rest
using a chopstick wrapper


Hosting my own afternoon tea


Visiting Nonna's Gourmet Sausages for a behind-the-scenes tour
on how sausages are made (and I make my first video)


The gloriously kitsch Grotta Capri, Kensington,
featured in Underbelly and Muriel's Wedding


Making the crowd-pleasing Moroccan lamb pizza


Raclette, brie fondue and "snow" at the Sydney Winter Festival, Cook+Phillip Park


A truffle lunch at Senso, Canberra during the Capital Country Truffle Festival


Tasting the tonkotsu ramen at Gumshara, Chinatown for the first time,
and shooting a sneak peek video of his kitchen and cavernous stock pots


Eating deep-fried sushi at Kana Express, and liking it a little too much!


Eating silkworm pupae at Best Friend Korean Restaurant
and liking it not so much


Being flown to Wellington by Positively Wellington Tourism
for the Wellington on a Plate food festival


The spring dinner with champagne at Becasse, Sydney


Finding out Matt Preston reads Grab Your Fork
- and he finally leaves a comment too


The nose-to-tail barbecue at the Good Living Growers' Markets
with Fergus Henderson and twelve leading Sydney chefs


Discovering the joys of deep-fried crab with salted egg yolk
at New Shanghai, Ashfield


Making chocolate bacon cupcakes
and realising that people appreciate any excuse for bacon


Attending the World Chef Showcase and being inspired by the
renegade Alvin Leung and the quietly talented Fuchsia Dunlop


Undertaking a Cabramatta food tour and group cooking lesson
with
Luke Nguyen and his parents


Interviewing Luke Nguyen and marvelling at his
gorgeous childhood photos!


Interviewing Poh Ling Yeow from Masterchef


Eating up Singapore during the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards


A nose-to-tail dinner party for Stomach's Eleven by the amazing Pig Flyin


Seeing my work published in a book -
To Japan with Love


My first ever novelty birthday cake made by Chocolatesuze


Finding the most amazing pecan pie at South Restaurant, Neutral Bay


Helping out as a lighting assistant on a food photography shoot
with Billy and Peter G for Mad Mex, Sydney


Hosting the biggest ever gathering of Sydney food bloggers (50!)
with Chocolatesuze where 24 Elvis cupcakes (bacon, peanut butter
and strawberry jam) disappeared in an instant


Eating a Luther Burger, a bacon cheeseburger in a Krispy Kreme donut
made by Chocolatesuze and living to tell the tale


Digging into a homemade roast suckling pig for a Stomach's Eleven
Christmas feast by Mr and Mrs Pig Flyin

Thank you all for the sharing 2009 with me. Here's to an even more delicious and food-filled year ahead!


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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/31/2009 04:23:00 pm


24 Comments:

  • At 12/31/2009 4:36 pm, Blogger Ellie said…

    Wishing you a very happy New Year, Helen! It's an absolutely pleasant to meet you in person this year after reading your blogs for many years :)

     
  • At 12/31/2009 5:06 pm, Blogger mademoiselle délicieuse said…

    Happy New Year, Helen! I often wonder how much I've eaten out as well - damn that photographic evidence =p

     
  • At 12/31/2009 5:43 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    wheeee happy new year dude! here's to more tasty eats in 2010!

     
  • At 12/31/2009 5:45 pm, Blogger cafedave said…

    Happy new year, Helen.

    I've really enjoyed reading your blog this year especially, and the chance to learn more about food and cooking.

     
  • At 12/31/2009 5:46 pm, Blogger Peter G said…

    Happy New Year Helen...enjoy the celebrations.

     
  • At 12/31/2009 6:24 pm, Blogger Julia @Mélanger said…

    What a massive year. I'm just exhausted reading what you have been up to.

    Looking forward to 2010!

     
  • At 12/31/2009 7:19 pm, Blogger Laura said…

    Happy New Year, Helen! Amazing to look back at what you've done this year, stellar work! :))

     
  • At 12/31/2009 7:20 pm, Blogger Y said…

    Happy New Year! Bring on 2010, I say! :)

     
  • At 12/31/2009 8:32 pm, Anonymous billy@ATFT said…

    Too much food, so little time. My waistline has definitely gaines a few sizes bigger! Cant wait to lose it and eat it all over again in New year!

    Grab your fork and start eating again!! :)

     
  • At 12/31/2009 8:58 pm, Blogger Bobby's Girl said…

    I've only discovered your blog a few weeks ago after searching for info about Singapore. I loved reading about your trip to singapore. I just want to say that you're blog is full of great reads and I'm so glad I found it :)

    Happy New Year!

    Also, how awesome is matt preston? I LOVE THAT HE COMMENTED!

     
  • At 12/31/2009 11:02 pm, Anonymous ladyironchef said…

    Happy happy new year, and more good food to come our way in the coming new year :)

     
  • At 12/31/2009 11:07 pm, Blogger Kate said…

    Helen! Wishing you a truly Happy New Year! Thankyou for all your wonderful posts and and the tremendous amount of effort you have put into all of them. Trust me, it has not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. Personally you provide me with wonderful material to peruse each day. Its something I truly look forward to. It also makes my day that you take the time to reply to any comments I may leave. So thankyou.

     
  • At 12/31/2009 11:27 pm, Blogger Belle@Ooh, Look said…

    Best wishes for the new year, Helen. It's not only the number of posts that makes your blog impressive, it's also the breadth of tastes and experiences you have. Thanks for letting us share!

     
  • At 1/01/2010 1:45 am, Anonymous Mrs Pig Flyin' said…

    Happy new year! Thank you for all your effort in bringing us so many yummy blogs. Fix your tooth and start eating again!!

     
  • At 1/01/2010 3:53 am, Blogger Rambling Tart said…

    Oh, what a lovely trip down memory lane! So glad your year has been filled with such happy moments. :-)

     
  • At 1/01/2010 9:33 am, Blogger Simon Food Favourites said…

    happy eating new year. i'm looking forward to all your reviews in 2010 :-)

     
  • At 1/01/2010 10:05 am, Blogger A cupcake or two said…

    Happy New Year Helen. 2009 has certainly been busy for you. I think its just the start for Grab Your Fork. Hopefully we will get to meet in 2010. Keep up the great work.

     
  • At 1/01/2010 10:22 am, Anonymous Peter Harris said…

    Congratulations on 2009 Hellen and all the best for this New Year. Pete

     
  • At 1/01/2010 9:14 pm, Blogger joey@FoodiePop said…

    Congrats on such a wonderful year! More to come in 2010!

     
  • At 1/01/2010 10:34 pm, Blogger Karen @ Citrus and Candy said…

    Happy new year Helen! It certainly was an incredible year of amazing posts for you. Congrats to all that you've achieved (esp with being published!) and I look forward to more from GYF... as I've done year after year!

    Here's to more fun meals together! :P

     
  • At 1/02/2010 1:44 am, Blogger syn said…

    Happy New Year Helen! Thanks for all the eating! :P

     
  • At 1/02/2010 2:25 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Ellie - It's been a pleasure to meet you too! Definitely looking forward to many more food adventures together in the coming year :)

    Hi mademoiselle delicieuse - Ha, yes photographic evidence will be my undoing!

    Hi chocolatesuze - I'm sure you will figure highly in many of my gastronomic adventures in 2001 :)

    Hi cafedave - Has been great getting to know you too. I think we all have much to learn about food and cooking, but the most important thing is to awaken that passion :)

    Hi Peter G - Thank you and Happy New Year to you too. Am sure you have already gotten up to much mischief ;)

    Hi Julia - It does seem quite exhausting when you look at all the photos :) Have a Happy New Year to you!

    Hi Laura - I think everyone should be proud of what they've achieved over the past year. Sometimes it takes a stocktake to remind yourself of all you've done. Hope you have a lovely New Year too :)

    Hi Y - Thanks and looking forward to catching up with you in 2010 sometime :)

    Hi Billy - Hmm yes I think Santa should have brought me a personal trainer! lol! The perils of good food!

    Hi Bobby's Girl - So glad you enjoyed the Singapore posts. I just published the final Singapore post (at last!).

    And yes, I was very chuffed when Matt Preston left a comment :)

    Hi ladyironchef - I have no doubt that good food will figure in 2010. Was lovely to meet you and Happy New Year to you too.

    Hi Kate - Aww thanks so much. It's comments like yours that inspire me to keep going :) Glad you've enjoyed the posts and Happy New Year to you - may the year ahead be filled with good food, good company and lots of laughter!

    Hi Belle - Ahh I'm always the sucker for ordering the weirdest thing on the menu :) But I do believe in trying everything once, and as they say, variety is the spice of life!

    Hi Mrs Pig Flyin' - No, no, I must thank you for your endless hospitality! And yes, I'm working on it :)

    Hi Rambling Tart - It was quite interesting going through the archives :) I think it's important to focus on the happy times - they can only remind you to create new and better memories!

    Hi Simon Food Favourites - Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!

    Hi A Cupcake Or Two - Yes, definitely looking forward to meeting up sometime in 2010. Happy New Year to you too.

    Hi Peter Harris - Thanks so much. Looking forward to reading your overland adventures in 2010 :)

    Hi Joey - Thanks and yes, 2010 looks like a great year already!

    Hi Karen - I haven't baked quite as much as you but eating, hmmm, I think I could give you a run for your money. lol. I'm sure that more epic multi-venue dinners lie ahead in 2010 :)

    Hi Syn - Happy New Year to you too, and ahh... the eating pleasure was all mine :)

     
  • At 1/02/2010 9:01 pm, Blogger Bianca said…

    Just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and am looking forward to reading it in 2010!

    Happy New Year Helen.

     
  • At 1/06/2010 11:14 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Bianca - Welcome to the site and I hope you find plenty of tasty reading :) Thanks for taking the time to comment and hope the year ahead is filled with deliciousness!

     

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