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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.

Tassie Salmon

There’s nothing better than fresh fish and salmon is one of my favourites.
I was hoping for a gourmet pie, but no they were cold. Take home only.
Then there was the bbq, nope, didn’t fancy a normal snag in bread, even with local celebrity serving.
Oh look, what’s that?
The Huon Salmon stall. Bbq fillet or burger.
I took the burger and grabbed a coffee from inside.
A good thing the burger was nice, cause the coffee was very average, even with two shots.

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Enjoy. I did.
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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Post Christmas food feast. Or How to eat Christmas food afterwards without getting bored.

So Christmas has come and gone and there is all that food left over. Ham, Turkey, chicken, veges… what to do without eating the same thing for a week?

The first things to go would have to be any seafood. Of course depending on what you have, fish can be turned into a pie or utilised in pasta and rice recipes.
Smoked salmon (if you have any left you shouldn’t be allowed to buy it again. Smoked Salmom lovers will have it gone before the packet has finished being opened), should you have any let over can be mixed with cold mashed potato for fish cakes.
We had some prawns left over – I know, it’s shameful, see above for smoked salmon – so I started my second hand dinners with garlic prawn fried rice. Quick, easy and a little different.

Cooked veges are so versatile and can be used in all sorts of things, by adding just a few simple ingredients. Soup, pies, pasta, lasagne, fritatta, pizza, rice… almost limtless.
Salads can be added to or earten with any everyday meat for something different. Green salads can have egg and ham/chicken added to make a tasty but light meal, add them to wraps or rolls for picnics.

Other meats like chicken and turkey can be mixed with gravy or coleslaw and eaten in rolls for a quick dinner when you really can’t be bothered.

As for that huge ham that’s left in the fridge. You’re going to be sick of it before you’re finished, and if you don’t want to share… omelettes, pasta, and sandwiches will only get you so far.  Of course the classic Croque Monsieur has to be on the list. Never mind healthy when you’ve got all that delicious cheese, and I’d have to add some grain or dijon mustard into the mix.
Had enough of all those and there is still some left? Never fear. It can be frozen. Slice and wrap in cling wrap, sealing properly. Then put in a air proof container and freeze. Don’t forget to label with the date in case a few months go pass and you open the freezer and go “what is that, and how old is it?”
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Tomorrow night I’ll be seeing what I can do with all those potatoes.  Here are a few ideas… cheese, potato and herb filo parcels, vegetable curry, (tuna) fish cakes, spicy vegetarian patties, mini curried vege pies.
We’ll see how much time I have when I finally get home tomorrow.

Til then,
it’s fly out day tomorrow and the start of the holidays
Jennifer 🙂

Food Friday – Pier One

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Food Friday of our lunch dates. Then again, it’s been a while since we’ve done it. Today was a lovely treat. And definitely one I would like to repeat, with more time allowed.

We took the short drive to the Casino, Wrest Point in Sandy Bay, thinking we’d take on one of the many cafes they have. Pulling up at the sign that said ‘Parking for Pier One guests only’, we took the plunge and wandered around the front of the building to the doors.
Brilliant. Aside from the wind it was a beautiful day, and we sat in the windows with the sun coming in – by the time we finished we were suitably baked by the sun.
This was one of the nicer restaurants and well worth its reputation.
after being presented with the main menu and ordering drinks, we opted for the lunch specials. Set price bread and main, or main and dessert. We took one of each choice.
Our waiter was gregarious and the service was both attentive and private.
Hot rolls were brought out with oil and vinegar for dipping – oh my. They were so fresh, like they were baking as we walked in the door.
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Soft and warm, and perfect.
The flat bread chosen was the garlic and butter – it arrived like a pizza, dripping in butter. I could see the kilos piling on just looking at it. The flavour was just perfect. Subtle but tasty. So much for restricting my carbs.
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Our mains were Atlantic Salmon with potatoes and a citrus salad,
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and Porterhouse steak (med-rare of course) with potato gallette, cherry tomatoes and green beans with the most heavenly jus.  It looked heavy, but the flavour was light and almost sweet. The perfect accompianment.
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Dessert was the apple and cinnamon cheesecake with a caramel like sauce and either double or King Island cream.
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I am usually wary of cinnamon as it can be overpowering. This was sweet and delicate, with a crumble on the top.  Hubby even said it was the best one he’d tasted. Or something like that. It was light and fluffy, and just amazing.

We ran out of time so I could not try their coffee, but I wouldn’t hesitate to return simply for coffee and dessert.
Suffice to say I have had very little for dinner.
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Have a great weekend 🙂
Jen