So, given my record of attracting ants to eat my brand new toothbrushes, and having a self-imposed ban from using an electric toothbrush because I brushed off the enamel and needed front of tooth fillings on my smile, you know I have some sort of interest in tooth brushing.

But this is a different one….

I know we like truth in labeling around these parts. But I think this is stating the obvious a little too well…

Oral B Toothpaste

Let’s just take a closer look at that….

Oral B Toothpaste

Thank you Oral B for having a tooth paste that works on my teeth. You know, where the dentist looks.

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Sunday Soup (vege and ham)

Something warm and simple, not to heavy, for a Sunday night.

Sunday Soup (vege and ham)

I had a soup pack from last week’s shop and added a few things – bacon, a leek, garlic, butter, chicken stock, thyme + Italian herbs, green beans and butter beans. (skipped the cauliflower in the picture cos it wasn’t too happy).

Sunday Soup (vege and ham)

Sauteed the onion and leek in some butter, then added the bacon and garlic to make the pot and the kitchen smell awesome.

Sunday Soup (vege and ham)

Once these were soft, added the hard veges (everything but the beans), a couple litres of water, 4 stock cubes, some thyme and other herbs, and let boil away til the potato was soft.

Added the beans for a final boil, then decided it needed pasta.

Then served it with toast :)

Sunday Soup (vege and ham)

Noms!

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What would you class as vandalism…

Open cut mining in the Hunter…..

Open cut coal mine Hunter Valley
Credit: Max Phillips

Hunter Valley coal mines, NSW
Credit: Greenpeace

Or wind farms….

Wind farm

Lake George Storm 1/11/09

Shall we take a poll?

Which one is Environmental Vandalism?

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Road tripped to Tamworth for the weekend, and included an impromptu (as in “Look! Cheese Shop!”) stopover at the Hunter Belle Cheese shop on the New England Highway just outside Muswellbrook.

Hunter Belle Cheese
Moo!

Hunter Belle Cheese

We picked up their three cheese pack with fig compote and wafer biscuits ($17), and continued on the road til we pulled over at Burning Mountain for wine (brought from Newcastle) and cheeses.

Burning Mountain rest stop

Improvising with a blade out of the toolbox, we nommed down those cheeses, while looking out over the view.

Hunter Belle Cheese

The blue was nice and hard and sharp. Perfect with the Poet’s Corner Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon we were drinking straight from the bottle.

Hunter Belle Cheese

Next up was the herbed cheese – thyme was the major flavour – reminding me of Bruce’s garlic and herb bread. It had a crumbly texture reminiscent of a sharp Mersey Valley cheese.

Hunter Belle Cheese

The brie by itself was underwhelming, but teamed with the fig compote, omg! Yum!

How good is cheese? Who makes your favourite?

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Arriving in Tamworth late Friday afternoon, everyone tired from work.

Pizza it is!

Pizza Capers Tamworth - Seafood Savannah
Seafood Savannah

Pizza Capers Tamworth - BBQ Bonanza
BBQ Bonanza

Pizza Capers Tamworth - Tuscan Pesto Chicken and Bacon
Tuscan Pesto Chicken and Bacon.

What’s your go-to lazy meal?

Pizza Capers
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Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

So, Google managed to lure me out of hibernation and down to Sydney for one of their #CityExperts events last week at the Cell Block Theatre.

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

I’m fairly certain the main idea is to liquor us up, have some fun, and get us posting reviews through Google plus so that we can help pad out their reviews list.

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The West Winds gin cocktails – I think they were with grapefruit which made for a very citrussy evening! You can get the less premium one at Dan Murphy’s for about $55 a bottle.

Which they successfully did, with Gin, Beer and Cider sampling, getting to know you networking bingo, and the fun of making a jar of preserved lemons to take home and show off.

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The lemon preserving was offered by Cornersmith which is a picklery and cafe in Marrickville. They offer courses in preserving fruits and veges, breadmaking and more.

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling SydneyGoogle #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

There was also sampling of their pickles throughout the evening…. I was fascinated with the sweet spiced pickled grapes – very much the taste of your sweet spiced gherkins, but with a grape texture! I’d love to give these a go one day!

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Geddit? Sydney-Cider? :p

We were provided with foam letters to exchange for cider and beer from Sydney Brewery…. to me, this meant much cider – it was actually bottled that DAY!

All in all, I had a fun evening, I think I’ll try to get my review numbers up on Google so I get invited to another day or night out, but we’ll see how far my enthusiasm extends!

Til then, I can’t wait for my lemons to preserve so I can use them in my Moroccan Lamb!

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Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Ocean!

Bruce took me for sushi for my birthday dinner…. soooo many noms kept tempting me on the sushi train!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Sashimi to start!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
This one had spice.

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Chicken katsu

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Prawn ship :)

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Crunchy chicken

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
mmmm Edamame!! A good palate cleanser while I wait for more noms!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Fresh takoyaki (squid balls!)

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Crab with strawberry chili sauce

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Fresh tuna…. melty!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
All washed down with a deliteful Milawa Brown Brothers Temparnillo. $17 from the Del Bottlo.

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Rugged up for the road with my new beret from B’s mum, and of course the Bomber’s scarf!

Sushi Revolution.
1/ 97 Darby St. Cooks Hill NSW 2300.
(02) 4023 4477.

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Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

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Go Bombers!!!

Hippo Espresso
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800

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And aside from stuffing myself with silly with dumplings, I have

GORGEOUS roses from Amanda

and

A Moto G from my parents *squees*

Expect much better photos from now on! Much much better….

Arrrr me kitties… Adding this to my therapy wishlist!

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Nan's Dumpling House

OMG, so many dumplings.

One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town.

Nan's Dumpling House

We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period.

Pork, vego, crab, chicken. Different shapes and sizes.

And wound up with a bill under $14/head.

Nan's Dumpling House

With a dash of rice for variety.

Nan's Dumpling House

And THEN for some reason, we were talked into utilising our dessert stomachs for coffee and cake at Cafe de Beaumont

Lemon Meringue

Yeah, I rolled to the car.

But I’m SOOOOOOOO glad for good cheap dumplings in Newcastle!!!

(and that they dealt well with my useless booking skills and constantly expanding table!)

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont St, Hamilton
(behind EuroBar)
(02) 4961 6350

Cafe de Beaumont
70 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
(02) 4962 3671

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