Thank goodness for the week. If it wasn’t for those stretch of seemingly endless 5 days between Monday and Friday I would be the size of a house. You see, as soon as Friday afternoon comes around a switch turns on and I seem to eat and drink, and then drink and eat. It usually starts with cheese and wine from about 4.30pm Friday afternoon. This past weekend was no exception.
Saturday we drove up to Sydney so that I could go to High Tea at the Observatory Hotel in Sydney as we had given it as a gift to my Mum for Mothers Day. I went with my little sis and gorgeous sister in law and we had the best time – eating and well, drinking (tea & champagne) and then eating some more. We sat in fabulous high baked leather chairs, drank out of china and used lovely silver cutlery. It was very ladylike! We even had our tea leaves read which was very interesting indeed. I have never had any kind of reading before from a psychic or anything and I was amazed at what she had to say. How do they know all that stuff from some leaves in a cup?!
I occasionally looked up from my food to look at the surroundings. Look at this room – don’t you think it looks very White Housey? That is, of course, if Michelle Obama was into chintzy Blue and White. Actually, this room is quite Southern Highlands…in any case, it was fancy. And lovely. And a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Sunday we had lunch at my Mum’s place to celebrate my little sister’s birthday which was a few days ago. Like anything my family does – there was fabulous food and wine and it was so nice to spend a leisurely few hours all together doing what we do best. The kids played, we ate. Parfait!
Mum made Jamie Oliver’s deconstructed pumpkin salad which is in this month’s Delicious magazine and it was amazingly good. And simple. Some roasted squash topped with coriander, fennel seeds and something else, parma ham, rocket and marinated boccincini all squished onto some toasted bread. I could not stop eating it….
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There was also some roasted prawns (what a way to cook a prawn) on pesto and ricotta toast. Um. YUM.
Some beef cheek pies served on mash with roasted fennel & asparagus washed down with a lovely red. It was a great lunch.
So. It’s Monday – which is good because I need to get into some black tea. Some rice crackers. And plenty of air because this long weekend coming I have (almost) everyone in my family (all 6 adults & 3 kids) coming down here for the weekend. We have our town’s annual local Ball up in the hall on Saturday night, Lunch here on Sunday to celebrate my niece’s 3rd birthday then on Sunday afternoon & night the pub hosts Fire cracker night. In between all that there will be plenty more eating and drinking and eating. This is my family we are talking about here.