I had my in-laws around for lunch a few weeks ago on the Monday public holiday. I kept the menu relatively quick and simple, given that the last thing I wanted to do on my day off was to spend the morning slaving over the stove.
- Salmon and cream cheese on baguette
- Rocket, pear and walnut salad with Jalsberg cheese and a balsamic vinegar dressing
- Wash rocket, slice pears, slice Jalsberg cheese thinly, scatter walnuts and dress it all with balsamic vinegar, before mixing the salad.
- Beef pot pie (not dissimilar to this chicken pot pie)
- Roast potato and carrot with Moroccan spicing
- Asparagus in a garlic butter sauce
Rave reviews for all parts of this lunch, and it took only one hour the night before for preparation, one hour of preparation that morning, and half an hour of cooking in the oven. Not bad for a lunch party for four with lots of leftovers for during the week. Total cost in the region of $60, with leftovers.
When I moved to Sydney from Melbourne a year ago, I knew no more than a handful of people. I was going to be building my life and friendship networks from scratch, and I was scared. Making friends when you’re an adult is hard.
Unlike school, you won’t be spending every day with a group of people your age with similar interests to you. Your colleagues at any job will be a very diverse group of people at varying stages of their lives. You may have nothing in common with them, and they may never become close.
I was very lucky. I moved up here for a new job opportunity but I never thought that my job would also afford me a close-knit group of colleagues, ranging from 23 to 50 years of age, all of whom get along really well and who I socialise with outside of work. I couldn’t have asked for a friendlier or more welcoming group.
We went out last night to The Arthouse Hotel for a colleague’s farewell party. Past colleagues also came along to celebrate as well which I think says the most about the type of friendships that develop at my work.
Anyway, you know a night is going to be big when you start it by drinking straight from the jug! I tried Pimm’s for the first time, which I really liked it…the recipe from the website is below.
Post Modern Pimm’s
The ode to the classic Pimm’s cup is created to entice a new following of Pimm’s drinkers. Keeping the fruit quite traditional we add fresh mint, strawberries, cucumber and sliced oranges. A generous helping of Pimm’s is added then we soften this mix with some French strawberry liqueur. Finished off with equal parts lemonade and good quality ginger beer this drink is sure to make cult status.
At The Arthouse Hotel
We had a multicultural staff lunch at work this week. It’s something we do sporadically, where six people volunteer to make a dish each and all twenty people in our office gather to share a meal together. The aim is for us to all learn a bit about each other’s cultural backgrounds and/or share our personal favourite dishes.
The dishes made this time were:
- Sushi – tuna and tofu puff
- South Indian stirfry – string beans, carrots, coconut, and various spices
- Tuna quiche and caramalised onion quiche
- Baked potatoes
- Key (Tahitian) lime pie
- Poached plums in vanilla bean mascarpone
All the dishes were absolutely delicious! Well done to my fellow staffers who made such amazing dishes. One of them was kind enough to share her recipe for the Key(Tahitian) Lime Pie as well:
Key (Tahitian) Lime Pie
- Take one packet of ginger snap biscuits and put it in a food processor with a melted slab of butter (100-150gms)
- Press the mixture into the bottom of a springform tin, and put it into the freezer
- Add one jar of pure cream (375ml), one tin of sweetened condensed milk, and the juice and rind of seven limes (Key limes or Tahitian limes – whatever you can get) into a bowl, and mix thoroughly
- Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit base, and refrigerate for at least an hour
Quick and easy – enjoy it!