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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Christmas 2014 Tick Tick Tick

✔ Christmas Eve dinner with turkey and ham, followed by half a panettone.

✔ Christmas lunch, 3 courses, with roast pork, turkey, Christmas pudding and pavlova.

✔ Watching the Boxing Day Test Match cricket game (counts if it’s running on the TV in one’s peripheral vision while gaming on the laptop).

✔ Watching the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race — in person, from the Botany Bay National Park! Bonus points for seeing a school of dolphins on the side, and not getting blown off the cliffs by the strong southerly!

✔ Eating Christmas leftovers, as if you physically needed another meal so soon.

✔ Getting used to celebrating Christmas in hot weather, because Australia!

Christmas 2014 done Aussie style! Next!

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 )