My husband covers a reasonable amount of territory on his bike during the week, several hundred kilometres in fact, and as a result, is far more aware of what is happening in this dramatically burgeonning area than I am. We are currently trying to reach agreement on what type of fencing and gates we both like, so, since it was wet this morning and neither of us fancied heading up the Mount in the rain, we instead drove around far flung suburbs checking out some fences that he'd noted as he'd previously pedalled past.
Felt somewhat conspicuous and vaguely suspicious parked up outside some of those houses trying to take photos of fences and gates as discretely as possible, but figured the photos would be a good return point when we needed to finalise a decision. Would appear we're in reasonable agreement - flat/wood/black/high/horizontal lines! Sorted!!
Conveniently and by a somewhat circuituous route we just happened to end up over at the Mount around lunchtimeish, so it made sense we figured, to go back to Eddie and Elsbeths, this time to try the brunch side of this very cool cafe that's recently opened, and which has two eateries operating out of the same premise in a complimentary fashion, and both of which are serving great food.
And now home. Was going to head out for a walk but rain clouds have reappeared so looks like we'll be competing for time on the spinner over the afternoon, and staying indoors instead. His session is much longer than mine, so will get this written while I await my turn....
The next few weeks tend to be the quietest for the restaurant in the year - a querk of the calendar that has developed over the past decade - and will feel even quieter for Rick and I because we don't have any cookschools scheduled until late September. That free time will be used fruitfully on other projects, not the least of which will be nailing down the ideas for the Christmas series which is starting to loom on the horizen.
Before we get to that one though we are going to do a small series on ' Letting Vegetables Shine" . which will be a reflection of the way we have increasingly begun to cook at home, driven by an ever deepening interest in nutrition and gut heath.
I now shop for vegetables on growlink choose what I want, pay for it, and then the next day have a box of extremely fresh, superb quality vegetables delivered to the door, which I then take much pleasure in using in all sorts of ways over the ensuing week.
This class will feature some of the ideas we've been experimenting with to make vegetable based cooking interesting and varied, and easy to create when you have the right ingredients, both techniques for cooking vegetables, but also some dressing ideas.
Rick may eat alot of deepfried food ( his daughters' joint commentary on a photo I sent them recently of a meal he ate late at night was far from complimentary!!) and he's also rather partial to pastry, but even he acknowledges that he feels much better, now our diet, most of the time, is vegetable based, so hope you can join us to be inspired by some practical methods.
And then we will roll into our final and biggest series of the year - Christmas 2018.We are only too well aware that Christmas cooking means a myriad of different things to different people, depending on cultural backgrounds, family history and all sorts of other factors, so in all the Christmas series' we've done over the last 20 years, we've always tried to focus on celebratory food, that could sit happily in any household. Except for the most traditional maybe!
This year we're going to come at the eating idea from a slightly different angle, and look more to ideas that will work for a casual, extended brunch, which would work at the table, or as we did last Christmas, on rugs on the ground with our special next door neighbours. Relaxed food that is transportable and fresh and seasonal.
In our household, lunch on Christmas Day is always followed by some form of exercise and then a needed siesta before a late return to the kitchen to get ready for the more formal evening meal. As you do.
Sincerely hope you can join us, and if you'd like to do so, please book via thewebsite . Please note we are not able to take bookings for the classes via the phone, online bookings are the only way to confirm places and to guarantee your place. Should you have any queries about the process, please don't hesitate to email me directly on, firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now I'm going to turn up some Aretha Franklin music very loudly for while I'm on the spinner, simply because it feels totally appropriate to be listening to her today. A time of reflection needed because we also lost a special customer during the week who we were all very fond off, and not someone we were ready to say goodbye too quite yet.
So a needed reminder that we need to be grateful for what we have in our lives right now.