He Cooks: Fresh Squid


Richard caught squid. Richard cooked squid. We ate squid!

Not pictured: The squid tube after it was all cleaned out, which looked suspiciously like the squeezy mayonnaise bottle that we just bought and used to make the dipping sauce.

Dish rating: Ten out of tentacles!

Mother’s Day 2015


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

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

The Purple Patisserie, Gymea (taken in Nov 2014 – the building in the background is mostly built now)

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He Cooks: Homegrown Butternut Pumpkins


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!

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

He Cooks: Fresh-Caught Tailor


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!

All prepared and cooked by him. Win! heart

His Mum Cooks: Homegrown Rhubarb Muffins


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!

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 )

He Cooks: Chicken Tenderloin Schnitzels


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

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