2013: A wrap-up and whacking in a whole bunch of old photos

December 31, 2013

Well it’s that time of the year again! 2013 kinda rocked so lets pop the champagne and wrap it all up!

I know things have been way silent on the blog front this year as I concentrated more on ya know, life behind-the-screen. I’ve decided that I needed to change things up before I got so bored I wanted to eat my face. With a bit of luck and help, I peeked my tootsies into the door and now I get to do a lot more of what I love the most; working with food and shooting it. It’s baby steps all the way and changing the routine is unnerving but I’ve never felt more invigorated or grounded. Here’s a small peek of what I’ve been up to this year.

Another big change of 2013! After nearly 10 years of umm-ing and aah-ing, we decided it was time to get hitched. There are only three months to go to the day and all I can say is omgholyshitcowkillme. Give me about oh, two weeks before I lose my marbles because I’ve procrastinated for months. In the end though, I can’t wait to party with our closest friends and family, even if I end up in a straitjacket. Note to self, you are sooooo not going to be an event planner. Ever.

But enough about me, lets talk food! Not that there was much to choose from but out of everything I’ve posted in the last 12 months, my favourite recipe has to be…

THIS.

Chocolate and Passionfruit Profiteroles; the most dreamiest combo with all my favourite things rolled together in one amazing dessert. Seriously, take out your piping bags and get onto it.

But by a mile, the most popular recipe with you folks has to be this Baileys Chocolate Mud Cake. It’s one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever make and I almost didn’t post it because it was so basic. But judging from the many emails and comments, it’s definitely a keeper, especially if you’re not a comfortable baker. Oh and check out this drool-worthy adaptation from Linda Lomelino <faint> (ps – if you haven’t already, you should really go check out her blog Call Me Cupcake. It’s amazing).

And that’s it from me! It’s been a hell of a ride this year and I can’t wait to see what the next one will bring. A thousand thank yous to all you readers, new and old. Your comments, emails and hellos are like a shower of happy rainbow sprinkles, even after five years of blogging.

I hope you all have a fabulous new year too. Now roll on 2014!  

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Yi Lin T December 11, 2014 at 18:45

Ahhh, your food photos are stunning!!

Do you still blog here though?
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Citrus and Candy December 11, 2014 at 20:20

Hi Yi Lin, I’ve taken a bit of a break but I’ve actually blogged my first 2014 post recently. But yes, I plan to get back to blogging more in the new year :)

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Michelle July 29, 2014 at 05:49

Thanks for all the chocolate recipes! I assume you got busy with the wedding and stopped working on the website for a while, but I hope you pick it back up.

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Citrus and Candy August 6, 2014 at 22:12

Hi Michelle! I’ve taken a short break this year but am definitely not gone permanently. Am hoping to return to blogging soon :)

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Mary May 20, 2014 at 05:55

What a wonderful and chocolately 2013 wrap up – how is 2014 going so far? I love all the cute dishes you use as well – makes the food look even better.
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Lucy May 11, 2014 at 04:32

Thanks for the year end wrap-up. I hope 2014 is going well for you, and congratulations on the nuptials.

I can’t wait to try the Bailey’s Pie – sounds fantastic.

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Baby June March 31, 2014 at 09:37

Those pictures are making my mouth water! The banana ice cream looks like it would be a great way to usher in the warmer weather. So glad to have stumbled upon your blog, it’s beautiful and I’ve already bookmarked a few recipes. :)
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Krystal March 23, 2014 at 21:04

I love browsing your blog and your photography is amazing!

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Christina @ The Hungry Australian March 4, 2014 at 21:33

Congrats on so many years blogging and for sharing so many drool-worthy photos with us, Karen. It’s awesome you’re doing more of what you love. And your wedding? Outsource as much as possible!! ;)
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Jo February 12, 2014 at 14:31

Absolutely fantastic drool-worthy photos. That Baileys Chocolate Mud Cake looks to die for – I HAVE to make it.
Arghh – we’re already a month and a half into the New Year!
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Melina January 27, 2014 at 15:59

Absolutely and madly in love with your photography, so inspiring! I love browsing around your blog…

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milkteaxx January 9, 2014 at 21:59

what a year 2013 has been, congrats on the great news karen!

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Sara | Belly Rumbles January 4, 2014 at 23:50

Such an ever so delicious 2013, here’s to an even more scrumptious 2014.
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Tina @ bitemeshowme January 2, 2014 at 07:33

2013 looked awesome for you, but it sounds like 2014 is going to be bigger and better! Love your work Karen, you are truly amazing at what you do and it comes so effortlessly. Happy new year! x :)
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Alana January 1, 2014 at 23:19

Yeah!! Your commercial shots look amazing! Baby steps are the bravest steps and you’re awesome… is that A Tavola I spy? So looking forward to seeing what your creative self comes up with next. Happy new year!!
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chocolatesuze December 31, 2013 at 23:36

teehee happy new year and all the best for 2014 sunbeam! and if you ever need anyone to help with anything for the wedding give me a shout!

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Hilda December 31, 2013 at 15:53

I honestly love your photography and blog! Brings a smile to my face and I can only dream of taking such beautiful photos.

Congratulations on the new opportunities and impending wedding! Happy new year.
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Reemski December 31, 2013 at 15:20

Congratulations Karen! Best of luck for your future endeavours, enjoy your wedding and savour it as best you can. It’s a fun ride. xx
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Jacq December 31, 2013 at 14:47

Sounds like you had a crazy good year and thanks for reminding me about those chocolate passionfruit profiteroles, I just might make them in the near future :) Happy 2014!
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Asha@fsk December 31, 2013 at 12:36

Congratulations!!! So many times over, for all the changes in your life! Wish you a wonderful and blissful married life! :) Remember to enjoy the wedding and eat!!! :))

That said, here is toasting to even more fruitful 2014 w.r.t. work and in life! xx
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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul December 31, 2013 at 09:27

What a beautiful year Karen! All the best for 2014!
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 31, 2013 at 05:08

You had such a fabulous year!! All the best in 2014!
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