I feel so cheap doing the “weekend wrap-up” post when we had no less than three (or four at a pinch) bloggable events! But, time is so precious these days, and truth be told, I only took photos for one event of three; so a wrap up it is!
On Friday night, we trolleyed out to The Durham’s for dinner and a movie (Hoodwinked – gerrod.com rating: 8/10). To complement the delicious pork cutlets, David and Nelly had whipped out a selection of salads that would have put Sizzler to absolute shame. The honey roasted carrots with currants and almonds were particularly impressive!
On Saturday night, whilst Nonni and Poppi babysat for Oscar, Kristy and I had a night out on the town (well, in the valley more accurately)! And frankly, it felt weird being out past 7 PM, and without child! Weird, and yet good. Very good! We were out to celebrate Penny (from work) and Adrian’s engagement, and we partied up in style at The GPO, doing our very best to get through their generous bar tab.
Given that it was a “work” outing, we met up with the work crew – Ben and Michelle, Rob and Elise, and Pieter and Annalize – for dinner beforehand. Rob decided on Kings Diner, and instead of ordering the traditional way, we played Chinese roulette! Basically, everyone randomly chose a number from a range given by the gatekeeper (me), whose job it was to ensure that (a) everything picked was generally edible, and (b) there was a decent variety of meats and styles. It was absolutely awesome – and we ordered loads of dishes that I’m sure we would never have picked otherwise. The salt and pepper calamari in sweet chili sauce was a particular favourite!
We spent Sunday quietly recovering from our night out (it quickly became evident that we aren’t young anymore). Actually, we spent most of the day in the kitchen, cooking food for Oscar, and various delicacies for ourselves. And for the folks that turned down our invitation to join us for dinner – you know who you are – this is what you missed out on:
Slow cooked (for 8 hours) curried lamb shanks, served on a bunk-bed of nutmeg mashed sweet potato over chive and oregano mashed red potatoes. I don’t know any other words for “delicious” but if I did I’d be throwing them at you right now. Yeah! Take that!
(A huge thanks to Louisa for the recipe!)