A Day in the Life…where all love is food & Winners!
Mon 5th, Sep, 2011
G’day my lovelies!
Hope you enjoyed the weekend and the clubbing…sounds like you girls had fun…thanks so much for checking in, those that did the mission and letting me know what you were up to…
It was Father’s Day Down Under over the weekend and so here’s a little Day in the Life post from us…
We started off down the beach…it was a beeeeyouteeeful Spring day…did I tell you I love Spring here? Haha, I thought so ;-)
We left the beach about mid-morning and headed home
Mr BC fancied doing nothing much at all aka sitting on the Adirondacks drinking beer
there was music from the bass…I just love hearing kiddos tinkering with instruments…
We had plans to sit at the table for a meal…
but ended up grazing the whole day
started with a lovely oil from a nearby farm and bread
Miss Beach Cottage is really into cooking and every time I make something she is learning…this all started a few years ago with Masterchef, a programme that my kids are crazy for and I cannot stand, I have no interest in reality tv shows that are competitions for some reason and this one where people stand about cooking things makes my skin crawl. Anyway, the first few times she made things were as a result of wanting to be a ‘masterchef’, to be quite honest, a big old learning curve for her…and she quickly realised that tv ain’t real life… even with something as simple as omelette, it’s not about the ‘plating up’ but more the getting it to taste nice.
She asked me how I learned to cook after the omelette episode…how I knew to just add a little bit of this, lug in some of that…how throwing something in the crockpot ended up with tasty meals etc etc…well I was kinda in broomstick mode when answering that question and said that I have spent the last 20 or so years with my nose in a cookery book, reading and learning and experimenting…with many disasters along the way.
And so we have been cooking together…and she has started a recipe collection…it’s a kinda learn-as-you-go book…she does most of the prepping and work and I point things out and tell her why we add some of this or that and why it’s done a certain way.
It’s going very well, though there is a certain amount of patience required here on my part…I really am a quick cook, if there is such a thing, one of the reasons I don’t have a natural affinity to baking…I would rather throw it in a pot and hope…
Her book involves her taking down notes on the ‘steps’ of what we are cooking and taking photos along the way so she can remember…the photos get printed out and pasted in…
It’s been a great thing to do together and as we move along it turns out that the days we bake…she teaches me :-)
I love reading the notes, hers are pretty exact, totally opposite to my slapdash ways…I did have to laugh at this though…
this is her step 4 on Patatas Bravas recipe we did yesterday
‘while all that is cooking chop up some bread, put some oil, Maldon sea salt and vinegar on a plate and enjoy’
…now that’s my kinda recipe…with a stop and eat and enjoy step hahaha… ;-)
When we sat down, I leafed through the book…Miss Beach Cottage loves quotes, she has them everywhere for everything and makes them up all the time…this one made me smile…
‘Recipe Book ….Where all Love is Food’
For our tapas we had chorizo on the bbq
and we made Patatas Bravas
‘cos it’s one of Mr BC’s faves…mine too plus the kiddos love it…if we have it in the week, which we often do I just throw it in the oven and serve with roasted meat…
yesterday though we did it on the hob
there was a messy bun in the house
seashells and vintage ladders
We also made smoothies in our new super-duper-super-cheapo blender from KMart that we are loving…
blossom in the cottage…
Hello cold beer on the deck
hello Spring in the garden
hello bright and cheery Spanish china & patatas bravas
hello tablescaping by teenagers
and goodbye from me, hope you enjoyed day in the life…I enjoyed it, though the beer on deck part? Ahem shoulda reigned that in a bit…
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p.s. and my fave shot of the day