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Fabulous Friday. Food, Family, Jazz.

Ok, I know it’s Saturday, but this was started yesterday, and we were home too late to get it together last night.

It was a day of food for mum and I yesterday. First up we had Villa Howden High Tea, take two. Read about take one here.

It was beautiful. The coffee was still good, the food gorgeous and the cake mum made for her friends birthday just divine.

 

Today is dad’s birthday so last night we went out for dinner and a jazz evening.
The cafe we went to regularly has Jazz evenings and last night was big band night.
It was brilliant.
The food as always was beautiful – antipasto platter to start, crusted salmon fillets, scallop pie, chicken pie, crepes, with the best mashed potato, and lovely roasted beetroot and parsnip – dad had tears in his eyes, and hubby organised for them to sing him happy birthday.

No photos of last night because of it was about being in hone moment.
We finished off the night with hot chocolate and coffee while I splashed out and had a liquer cappucino. A dash, of Kahlua was a tasty addition with whipped cream on top.

Big family lunch today, then my house will be full with sister and 3 kids, plus my sister in a law in visiting as well.

Have a good weekend 🙂
Jen.

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Fish day

I had a post all sorted for yesterday, another “my day in pictures” but everything went a little off the rails, and I was too far gone to be bothered by the time I was home, fed, drunk (with coffee) and spoken with hubby.
So today for Food Friday, which is also Good Friday (I’ve written about my hypocritical stance on this here) so I thought a picture post would have to suffice.
The cake I made for lunch didn’t look very good (thanks cranky oven which burnt the outside) and I forgot to get a picture of the totally delicious chilli garlic prawns I made for lunch.
My dinner, a slab of salmon (my all time favourite fish) with a tiny side salad.
Pan fried with globs of butter, garlic and seed mustard, it was devine.
Hope I don’t make you too hungry,
Have a happy and safe Easter whatever you are doing.
Jen 🙂

Gorgeous plate up
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Totally devine, cooked to perfection.
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And all done. I’d buy it more often but like to keep this as a treat.
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Food Friday – awesome end to the week!

After a super hectic week, getting ready for tomorrow’s Fair I finally finished and was able to relax today. Despite the appearance of relaxing I still had heaps to do.
Straight up, I made the pizza bases ready for tomorrow’s dinner (after a hectic day the last nothing I want to do is this) and at 9am I had finished with the post office and was at a the school to organise things for two sons (school starts on wed/thurs next week) while the dough was rising. Pizza bases done I can start on lunch.
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I love quiche because of its simplicity and relative ease of cooking. Today’s was really good, a creamier than usual, bacon and tomato version. I did burn the pastry – note to self: do not talk too much while pastry is blind baking.
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A salad is always good with quiche, and today was no exception, with my coleslaw mix salad.
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Morning tea was something I haven’t done in a long time, about 17 years. Yes really. It is such an easy and delicious food but I just never really make them. The awesome lemonade scones. Yes, lemonade scones. All you need is lemonade (nothing with too much of a lemon flavour) thickened cream and self raising flour. Find the recipe I used here. . All that was left by the time I was able to get a picture. The recipe makes about a dozen. And served with whipped cream and jam, they were melt in hot the mouth.
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If that was lunch, what was for dinner…?
We did the groceries so it became a hot cooked chook and oven baked chips with salad, then mini pavlovas and cream and chocolate.
I’m working on a nice coffee to round out the brilliant end to a busy week .
Have a great weekend, I’m going to be super busy. 🙂

Happy Hour – Friday evening

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Starting with wine and cheese,
Time to welcome the weekend.

Food Friday – it’s Christmas!

So here I am again. Finished the last couple,of items on the to do list (I had two or some reason, both saying the same things) and am now chilling. Hubby is chilling with mindless tv (something I’m not fond of) and this is mine.
So I got baking again today. I miss days like this where I get to just play in the kitchen and have something cool to show at the end of it.
What was I baking today? The main plan was the triple layer stuffed-full-of-goodies ice cream cake.
That was fun, soft ice cream, bashing chocolate with the rolling pin and then hoping like hell it will all fit in the pan I had. Only just. A little deeper would have been nice, but I can’t own every pan there is, well, not just yet anyway.
I changed it a little, but the layers go like this, chocolate ice cream with Oreos, vanilla with honeycomb and strawberry withpink with strawberries in sauce. It mixed nicely, and is in the good fridge meaning it will actually be frozen.
The start of my cake – chocolate ice cream with Oreos.

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As I had to wait 30+ mins in between layers of ice cream I decided I would try something else. A sweet nibble for afterwards with coffee – if we have any room left.
My choice, an easy white Christmas tartlets.
Marshmallows, rice bubbles, coconut and melted chocolate in biscuits/cookies that have been softened and made into tart ‘cases’. Mine are not so cases as plates, but I tried one with the extra topping and it was pretty yummy!

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While I was at it, as if I didn’t have enough to do, I figured I should cook the rhubarb I was given during the week. I lurve rhubarb, and it will a tasty extra with my cereal and yoghurt for breakfasts. Rhubarb and apple, rhubarb and strawberries, stewed over ice cream, muffins, inside down cake… anything you can put fruit in really I spose.

Christmas in Australia. Christmas in summer. Some of you wouldn’t be able to envisage it, others have experienced it and now have winter Christmases (something I’d love to do one year), par for the course here. Hot, sticky, maybe wet and windy, but no snow. Although there was one year it was snowy, not the nice kind either.
Anyway, being summer the menu is usually pretty casual. Cold meats, seafood, bbqs. Some people love the whole hot food feast, and who knows what the other half do. We had an exchange student one year, and she was disappointed (and vocally critical) of our set up. There were no fancy Christmas foods, just everyday things. This is true. An a multicultural country we choose what we want to follow, but the climate dictates as well. Some foods we only ever eat at Christmas – like a full ham on the bone, and prawns (but that might just be us).

So what’s on our menu tomorrow. To share what is our typical Christmas meal.

Starters – cheese platter, cabana, stuffed peppers, pear slices and a dip or two. I’m making a pea, mint and feta dip. I found this the other day and it looks scrummy.
Mains – ham (glazed & cooked or sliced cold, we prefer cold) roast turkey breast, prawns au naturale, and a chook.
Then there’s a green salad and maybe another, new potatoes, (re fried with bacon, and boiled), runner & broad beans and snap pea salad. Cranberry, apple and tartare sauces, mustard (a nuts for ham), mayo and vinaigrette.
Desserts (the best bit) – my ice cream cake, trifle, fresh raspberries, a chocolate pudding (so far a rumour, but hubby has fingers crossed), custard and way too much cream (but that always happens doesn’t it?)
Afterwards when we really don’t feel like eating anymore, there’ll be slices of Christmas cake, and my tartlets with coffee (or tea).
Dinner, well, if anyone feels like it, take a pick from what’s left over from the above list.

On the 25th while hubby is fed at work, the kids and I will be at mr 17’s GF’s house. And because he has his licence I can take my bottle of wine. Don’t worry, I rarely get drunk but a few on occasion is nice.

Have a great weekend!
Jen 🙂