I don’t get to celebrate Mother’s Day with my own mum because I live overseas, but this year I get to do that with R mum, who prepared chicken casserole for dinner and apricot almond slice for dessert! I know, I know. It’s totally wrong of us to let her cook dinner on Mother’s Day, but she is the better cook. How about I don’t skip dessert tonight and have a big slice? It doesn’t work this way? tongue
Chicken casserole (Australian version) before cooking
Chicken casserole all stirred up and ready to go in the oven
Chicken Casserole Dinner and Vegetables
Apricot Almond Slice out of the oven
Apricot Almond Slice: My slice! (I normally skip dessert, but just for tonight!)
She told me to take a picture of the casserole straight out of the oven as well, but when I turned back, somehow she was already in the middle of dishing up. Oh well!
The Purple Patisserie, Gymea
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Richard did buy little cakes for her from the Purple Patisserie. This was going to be a full standalone food blog post, but the staff got upset when I started to take photos in the shop for fear of competition, so I should respect them and not upload the one I had (since been deleted from my camera).
Once the staff realised that we were maybe not competition, she was helpful in offering suggestions of which of their sweet treats to get. A good half dozen of their small cakes were gluten free, some even dairy free, and there were also sausage rolls and quiche available. No cakes, but here, have a photo of their shopfront that I took a while back instead.
The Purple Patisserie, Gymea (taken in Nov 2014 – the building in the background is mostly built now)
Remember the pumpkins from his mum’s garden? They’re ripe! They’re ready! We took four home and tonight they turned into pumpkin soup and roasted pumpkin seeds!
Pumpkins turning into pumpkin soup!
The meal! Pumpkin soup, steak and spinach (Richard not responsible for the ugly pile of frozen spinachtongue )
The soup was amazing even though I wouldn’t let him put much in it (“NO POTATOES! NO SOUR CREAM! NO TOUCHING!“). He was going to throw away the seeds at first, too, but ended up making a healthful and delicious snack out of them in the oven with a bit of olive oil, salt and cayenne pepper.
10/10; would eat again (if he prepares all the pumpkins like today!) bigsmile
Dating an angler means occasionally I have to put up with his totally zonked out state from having been out fishing all previous night and/or early morning and then crashing super early, but sometimes it also means fresh fish for dinner, like tonight!
Fresh Caught Tailor: The Filleting
Fresh Caught Tailor: The Fillets
Fresh Caught Tailor: The Frying
Fresh Caught Tailor: The Fried
Fresh Caught Tailor: The dish! (I put chilli / sauce / flakes / powder / oil on everything; I don’t even care if it’s a culinary sin.tongue )
His mum was testing this muffin recipe made from her own homegrown rhubarb (she normally makes the crumble). I ate 6 of those tonight! Six! After two full plates of roast lamb dinner with all the starchy root vegetables!
I had 6 of these homegrown rhubarb muffins that his mum made after…
… after 2 full plates of these roast lamb dinner
These were meant for me to take home and savour, not devour on the same night…
A quick calculation told me the 6 muffins alone gave me over half a day’s worth of energy and at least 4 times the sugar I eat on a normal day. And I don’t even regret it! (But never again. tongue )
Homemade chicken schnitzels with tenderloins, coated in the new panko breadcrumbs that Richard wanted to try! I felt like having cooked veggies tonight so I asked for a small salad with the schnitzels.
Homemade Chicken Tenderloin Schnitzels
The coarser panko really crisped up much more nicely compared to the standard finer breadcrumbs, but how’s that for a small salad and a light dinner? tongue