Ok, I know it's February. I've been busy, so I'll say HAPPY CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR!

What have I been busy with you ask? Well, since I last posted, which I'm sorry to say was 6 months ago, several big life-changing things have happened...

Firstly, we finished building a house, sold the house we were living in and moved into the newly built house.

For anyone who has built a home from scratch before you will know there's lots to do to get it ready to be liveable once the actual home is complete- fencing, driveways and footpaths, landscaping (which is still on our to do list!), furnishing, dog-proofing, organising, decorating... The list goes on!

We're still going and we moved in in November. No doubt it will take us years to get things settled and established. But the biggest challenge of getting into the house and making it liveable is over. Now to settle in at our own pace, after all, we live there now- we have plenty of time to make it 'ours'.

Secondly, we are expecting our first child! The Hangry Baby, lovingly known as 'Doondy' is expected in May this year. And just to cover any questions:

No, we don't know the gender.

Yes, it was planned- for a long time in fact! Two and a half year of infertility kinda planning.

Yes, my belly is big. I'm already getting 'the look' from people who ask me when I'm due. The look that says 'oh wow, you still have three months left?' 😑

Yes I was struct down with morning sickness, including vomiting daily until I hit the 19 week mark -Thank goodness it ended!

Which is why I haven't been blogging or even cooking for that matter because I wasn't actually eating real food for several months, unless you count toast, crumpets and bagels with peanut butter as real food?

So there you have it- busy busy busy, tired, sick, sleep-deprived, sore, not hungry, hangry, whingey, moody... did I mention tired? These are the words that sum up the last few months of my life and I couldn't be happier.

So what do we have to come from The Hangry Chef this year? Well probably a few different things. I'll probably replace cooking with feeding (of the baby), but then I'll hopefully get to delve into a whole new world of cooking - the world of cooking for a baby/toddler/child. I've heard that can be great fun (note the sarcasm)!

I'm looking forward to being able to cook for a family, try new recipes and maybe share things I've learned along the way. I now have a fully-equipped kitchen (complete with not one but TWO ovens, and a walk-in pantry which will no doubt facilitate more cooking too. So watch this space and let's see where this journey takes us!

From your loveable Hangry Chef,

Elise xx

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