Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday's Menu

Back on track.
Sorry I'm yet to fulfil my promise of a risotto recipe post, but I will get there.

This week has been another quiet one. The only trip out from the hut over the weekend was to head to nearby Kettering and walk around the point (waving to the Bruny Island ferry as we left) and around to Trial Bay. A nice little stroll through some Allocasuarina forest and then some open eucalypt forest.
The puppies loved it. First of all it was a new walk. Second of all it was nice and muddy, so they came back with mud splattered bellies and paws. Thirdly, whilst we sat on the park bench handily placed on the point to watch the ferry they could paddle, and "accidentally" go in too deep!


So the menu this week:

Monday: Beef Shin stew with boiled potatoes.
Tuesday: Beef Shin stew with added mushrooms, potatoes and broccoli.
Wednesday: Stir fry rice with omelette.
Thursday: Pasta with Parmigiano-Reggiano, peas and parsley.
Friday: Mt Gnomon pork chops braised in white wine, fennel and apple with mash.
Saturday: Slow cooked lamb shoulder, with potato gratin and peas.
Sunday: Lamb, barley and vegetable soup.

A few treats during the week included a lunch date at Tricycle for pork meatballs on white bean mash, and a flying visit to Sweet Envy on Friday for our favourite potato and rosemary bread, and a few sweet treats. Rob picked a lemon meringue doughnut (which apparently was excellent, he declared Alistair a genius) and I had a Bada bing chocolate caramel biscuit, which was very good but I struggled to finish it.

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Snap it {straight lines}

Sorry guys I seem to have lost my blogging mojo. Hoping it comes back soon. I'm still reading and enjoying your blogs and I hope to post that risotto recipe soon.

So a short post tonight.
Straight lines. Our hut is full of them. In fact the only curved items are the sinks in the bathrooms and the round mirror above one of them. Everything else is angular. I like it that way. The builder told us he'd never built a house with such long external walls (27m)! I love this photo of our hut taken last summer after the great terrace building. Gosh I miss those long sunny days.

Playing along here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A belated Monday's Menu

Just catching up with the blog posts.

A brief Monday's Menu post

Monday: Stir fry rice with lots of fluffy omelette on top.
Tuesday: Pea, bacon and mint risotto.
Wednesday: Limonata pasta with Meredith's Goat cheese and roasted red peppers.
Thursday: We went to a screening of a Plant genetics documentary (our life is so exciting!) so I scoffed a cottage pie at the cafe at the back of the State cinema before hand. No photo though.
Friday: We headed out for soup at Jackman & McRoss, tomato, lentil, and bratwurst. It was so good. For dinner we had steak with potatoes and silverbeet from our garden.
Saturday: A vegetable soup for lunch and baked cheesey potatoes for dinner.
Sunday: Beef shin cooked in red wine with rice.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Snap it {small}

Playing along again this week. I'm planning on posting our risotto recipe over the next couple of days with our favourite variations.

This week's theme is small, this is another of Rob's photos of a small native daisy and bee.

Playing along here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday's Menu

Hello again. Life is a little slow at the moment. But that's ok.
The days are noticeably longer now which we love.

Menu wise this week:

Monday: My mother made us a batch of Hungarian meat soup (a broth made from simmering marrow bones and vegetables) sounds a bit odd, but with some ramen noodles it was delicious, and I was taken back to when I was little and ate it at my Grandmother's house.
Tuesday: Mushroom and orange risotto. One of our favourites.
Wednesday: Pasta and meatballs.
Thursday: More soup.
Friday: We headed out for lunch of dumpling soup at Shoe Box, and a home-made wagon wheel from Raspberry Fool. For dinner Rob made beer battered flathead and served it with a rocket and fennel salad.
Saturday: Maggie Beer's Orange and soy chicken wings. These were really good. Will be on the menu again. Served again with fennel and rocket.
Sunday: Roasted vegetables on rocket.

What have you been eating at your place?


Friday, August 10, 2012

Beach visit

Last Sunday was sunny to start off with, so we decided to head to our favourite farmer's market at Cygnet. We picked up some bread, vegetable seeds, almonds and some Hellebores then took a bit of a drive in the hills behind Cygnet, ending up at a beach we visited a couple of years ago.
Nigella knew immediately where we were, Claudia took her cue from her older sister and got very excited. We released them from the back of the car and they ran over to the beach.

I had hoped that the cheeky dogs could stay dry. But what was I thinking? They ran in quickly (it must have been freezing) splashing around, chasing each other and generally having a great old time.

The sun didn't last much past our return home, it poured with rain all afternoon, calling for a lazy window seat nap.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday's Menu

The weather was absolutely foul yesterday afternoon and this morning. Pouring rain, snow on the hills, wind, cold temperatures. We hibernated yesterday afternoon, lazing on the window seat. But today we had to head into work. Poor Rob had to brave the elements to collect various eucalypts on the way to work for his practical class. He looked very soggy by the time he was done with that, luckily we had a dog towel (barely used) he could use to dry his hair and face, not much could be done for his mud splattered jeans though.

The menu at the hut has been quite simple:

Monday: After spending the day at home snacking we ate baked beans on crumpets.
Tuesday: Stir fry rice with the last of the pork belly.
Wednesday: Pasta puttanesca.
Thursday: Sausages and silverbeet.
Friday: Pork and veal cheese burgers.
Saturday & Sunday: Beef Bourguignon and mash pie


Friday, August 3, 2012

These two...

...make us laugh with their constant wrestling. They love to tease each other as they run around the block. Life certainly isn't dull with these two around.

Happy weekend to you all, I'm looking forward to it.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A belated Monday's Menu

Sorry it's a little late this week.

Monday: Chicken and mushroom pie with rocket, pear and blood orange salad.
Tuesday: Vegetable and noodle stir fry.
Wednesday: Steak on rocket.
Thursday: Room service Wagyu beef burger. Hmmm. A once in a life time experience. I was just too lazy to head out and find something else.
Friday: Steak on rocket.
Saturday: Slow roasted pork belly (from Mt Gnomon Farm) with fennel, onions and carrots.
Sunday: Pork belly and vegetable soup.


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