26 April 2011

Slothful long weekend

On a long weekend - five days here in Australia - I have had to make some tough decisions. Read a magazine or have an afternoon nap? Oh the life!

The food's been great! Mum's a great cook and I've eaten a lot. I've burnt off all the calories by turning magazine pages and lifting my cider glass.

Friday she made rice paper rolls. Garlic prawns (I enjoyed eating the scrapings from the prawny garlicky pan), cellophane noodles, mint, and coriander.

She made two dipping sauces - sweet chilli and a lime one.

They were so delicious - better than shop-bought ones
And for dinner, Mum made a gnocchi and pumpkin bake - with homegrown potatoes and pumpkin.
It was served with trout fillets and spinach.
How pretty is the trout skin!
Saturday night was a surprise dinner with friends. It was lovely. For starters there was trout pate, olives, grapes, salami, havarti and blue cheeses.
Main course was this delicious roast pork belly, slow cooked for four hours. The meat was so soft, it fell off the bone.
It was served with spinach and roasted home grown potatoes, pumpkin and beetroot.
Dessert was hot cross bun and butter pudding - recipe is here.
On Sunday Mum and I went back to the town I grew up in to visit some family friends. We were spoilt with wine, cheese and pate, and we took the kids these bunnies and eggs. It was a sunny afternoon and so good to catch up again.
Before catching the bus and train on Monday, Mum and I ate at Baan Sabai Thai in Albury. Such good value and so yummy!
I had the BBQ duck which I had last time.
Mum had seafood salad dressed with lime, coriander and chilli. I tasted a scallop from her plate and it was so juicy.
We realised we wore the same colour too.
Monday night's dinner was a lazy one, but not low fat.  A glass of wine, butter fried mushrooms, leftover duck, and this, a gift from K.. Hot cross rocky road.


  1. Tell me about it. Aren't you LOVING this long weekend. The weather is pretty dodgy here but all the better for lounging around and reading in.

    Food looks fabulous.

    Have you packed for Brisbane yet?

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  2. Wow that food looks amazing! And when are you coming to Brisbane? Would love to take you out for breakfast to return your Melbourne hospitality if you have time in your schedule?

    PS. You and your beautiful mum are channeling Kendi Everyday in your coral outfits. Or maybe she's channeling you?

  3. Wow. Your mom can REALLY cook! Happy long weekend to you:).

  4. Mmmm such amazing eats!! My mouth is watering. Lots of yummy seafood, I love it. & I love that you and your mum wore the same colours - happens all the time with me and my mum. Awkward but sweet :)
    Heidi xo

  5. All that food looks amazing, especially the rice paper rolls! You and your mum look gorgeous, and I love the unintentional matchy-matchy hehe. x

  6. Oh wow, that really looks and sounds like a fantastic and yummy Easter weekend!

  7. WOW.... I love food and you certainly had a feast this weekend! Wonderful spending time with your Mom xx Blessings xx

  8. Oh yum, look at all the delicious food! I love rice paper rolls.

  9. Sounds like a great and yummy weekend!

  10. Yum!! That pork belly sounds delish!


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