*raises her glass* "A toast: while most people eat to live, I live to eat. There's nothing like enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal with a fine bottle of wine in the company of fantastic friends. To life!"
I had to work today but some of the Benoit gang headed down to Mandurah to try their luck catching us dinner. Success!
They got about twelve good sized crabs and since they did all the hard work, I helped to chop them up. There was much squealing from me since some of the crabs were still alive and even if they weren't, they seemed to squirm a bit when I drove the cleaver through them.
Benoit cooked Chilli Crab - sooooo spicy and yum! We had as much as we could for starters and then put the rest aside for the main course.
Dessert was Kong's homemade Green Tea Ice Cream. It hadn't had enough time to set properly and the heat caused it to melt before I could dig my spoon in!
I had some of the ladies I used to work with over for afternoon tea today. Everyone arrived with a plate each and as usual, it was too much food!
I put together a platter.
Mum made sushi for us. Check out the gorgeous little rabbits she made with the cherry tomatos!
I toasted some pane di casa rolls with fresh basil, sliced tomatoes and bocconcini.
Eileen's Curried Eggs
Alice's Oyster Roll
I made some fresh Guacamole.
Gorgeous heart shaped bread!
A work colleague is back in Perth for the summer and she came over to hold a Masterclass in my kitchen. So cool! Her mum makes this dish and she brought me some leftovers once and it was awesome!
NADINE'S ARABIC STUFFED BABY MARROW
I bought the marrows from my local fruit and veg store and Nadine set to work removing the insides with some specialised tools. They're similar to apple corers except the metal bit that goes into the apple is more slender and longer. I need to find me some of these tools!
Once the insides are all removed, we made the stuffing. We panfried some good quality beef mince until it was just cooked with a dash of olive oil and some of Nadine's Mum's special blend of spices. We added the beef to some rice that had been washed and rinsed.
We arranged the stuffed marrows into a heavy set pot, poured in some chicken stock and placed some slices of fresh tomato in. We slowly boiled them with the lid on for about an hour (I think!) until the marrows were done and the rice was cooked and beginning to spill out from the cavities in the marrows.
We caught up for lunch in Fremantle today. The weather was warm but there was a gorgeous cool breeze. We wandered up the cappuccino strip trying to find somewhere enticing for lunch. We eventually settled on Sandrino because they advertised the best pizza in Perth, except we didn't actually end up ordering pizza!
I had the Veal Bianca Sandwich with Fries - $16.5
Ivy had the Chicken sandwich.
BAMBOO Shop 5, 113 Collins Road, Willetton
Again, we find ourselves in this restaurant for dinner. Mum likes the food here and it's always been a challenge to find a Chinese restaurant that serves food that Mum likes.
Spinach with Crab Meat Sauce
I saw a guy eating this Mee Goreng and asked the manager to order it for us.