Garlic basil basa skillet with tomato butter sauce and white beans

No-knead olive focaccia

Pinch of Yum and Serious Eats… both very trustworthy food blogs. The fish dish was very tasty, and will be even better once we can get nice summer quality tomatoes. I’m definitely cooking it again. And the focaccia was super easy to make, you just have to remember to start it the day before. I didn’t use pistachios, and only used about half the oil. Scott and I finished the whole loaf in less than 24 hours hahahaha.

Basa rice bowl with corn and avocado salsa, black beans, cheese, sour cream and lime

I was very inspired by a Salsas Mex Club email promoting their bowls. Again I used basa (why is it so cheap?? Wait maybe I don’t want to know…), and made a quick ‘salsa’ with avocado, tomato, corn, red pepper, lots of lime juice, and salt. PS I love my pressure cooker. ~45 minutes for black beans straight from dry, YES.

Lamb korma and sag aloo

I cheated a bit and used a jar of korma sauce from Aldi. But I added a tin of diced tomato to bulk it up. Simmered lamb chunks for about 45 minutes, then added green beans for about 10 minutes. Yum. I don’t cook lamb often, because I’m not very familiar with it, but this one came out super tender and nice. The sag aloo wasn’t great though, which is why I haven’t linked a recipe. I should have parboiled the potato before frying it with the onion and spinach, I think.

Scott has begun experimenting with macarons. The first picture is his first batch. They were vanilla with white chocolate ganache. They got nice feet and lift, but had hollow shells. That can be from over OR under mixing apparently. :/ They tasted very nice. Second batch was lemon flavoured with lemon icing. There were no hollow parts, but they’re kinda flat and funny looking. They were much chewier and denser. Again, taste was very nice.

We’ve watched a couple videos for tips, and have some better recipes to try, so hopefully each batch comes out better and better! Good thing we got a nice big bag of almond meal from Costco. :D

Whoops I forgot to actually publish this post.

ANYWAY. The other weekend we took April for a day. We took the train in to the city, which April really enjoyed. She liked the wobbles and the funny sounds and going under bridges. There were weird art seesaws in Fed Square.

Then we went to the Wallace and Gromit exhibit at ACMI.

The exhibit was very cool. They had lots of of models from all the movies and short films. I thought the ones where you can see the guts are cool.

They also had lots of original sets. They were smaller than I expected! It’d be hard to get their hands in there to change things sometimes I bet.

So many cool details. I love it, especially the stuff from the old short films like The Wrong Trousers.

There were also lots of cool drawings and sketches. Character studies.

And lots of sketches, notes, and story boarding which I found very interesting. It makes me very happy that they kept all that stuff.

I wish I was that creative and talented!!

April got a bit bored after a while, but there were lots of cartoons for her to watch (I had already seen all the clips). And then at the end we were given lumps of plasticine to make our own stop motion clips, which was pretty fun.


Afterwards we took the tram back to our house, stopping at the playground for a good play. We watched some movies, did some colouring, played the hand a foot game (Twister), and then headed back to Boronia for family dinner.

It was a fun day!

After walking past the place dozens of times, we finally checked out the new cafe that opened up just down the street. Everything about the place looked cool, so I had high expectations.

Scott had a flat white. He said it was silky smooth and quite good.

I had the ox cheek black bean eggs benedict, which had poached eggs, pickled kohlrabi, dehydrated peas and hollandaise over sourdough toast. It was EXCELLENT. Like actually one of the best egg benedicts I’ve had in my life. The ox cheek was super tender and there was a generous amount of it. The hollandaise and perfectly poached eggs were super rich, but the pickled kohlrabi cut right through it and cleansed the palate. The sourdough was lovely and the peas worked as a crunch element (hehe).

Scott ordered the pixel avocado on sourdough toast, which comes with poached egg, chilli air dried kale, edamame hummus, pickled radish, lime and nori. It looked spectacular but maybe wasn’t the most exciting dish on the menu. I mean the crispy veg and hummus were interesting, but the toast, avo and egg is just toast, avo and egg, you know what I mean? Still good but he probably should have ordered something different.

We also got a salted caramel doughnut to take home to share later. It was light and fluffy and the caramel was nice.

All in all, very good. I can’t wait to go back to try out some more of their dishes. The miso scrambled eggs are calling my name.

Actually we are going back tomorrow. :D Jemma and Damien are meeting us for brunch and then we’re taking April for the rest of the day until family dinner. She really wants to go on a tram, so we’re going to take one into the city to see the Wallace and Gromit exhibit at ACMI.

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Last weekend was crazy.

Friday after work I met up with Scott and his work people in the city to play hipster mini golf. They had organized a 2 hour unlimited drinks and food package, with a caddy waiter, so you can probably imagine what that was like. (A: FUN).

Saturday we went to the hospital to meet our newest nephew, Myles. He’s p cute. Then later we went to Simon’s 40th birthday party at a pub near our house. That was also lots of fun. Simon (cousin) and Brett (older bro) and Scott are all very close in age, and grew up together, so there was lots of old pictures of them in the slideshow, which I enjoyed.

Sunday I went to Penny’s house for Stitch n Bitch. We hadn’t managed to have one for a while so it was nice to catch up. We had a lovely lunch and some wine, and I worked on a secret non-traditional cross stitch project. :D Then Scott picked me up and we went to the usual Sunday night family dinner with 8 adults and now 5 children. O_O

Yeah that’s like 5 times as much activity as I usually do, so this weekend we purposely planned nothing and slept in until 9:30am and bummed around. Was also great.

We did go out for brunch, but it was only about 250 metres away from our apartment hahaha. I’ll do a proper review of it soon because it was really yum.

We watched a couple of James Bond movies, and a heap of Curb Your Enthusiasm (preparing for the new season!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!). I cross stitched, and Scott finished a few more granny squares.

PS do you like my new shirt? I think it’s pretty good. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Alternative post title: Scott’s Midlife Crisis? j/k

Scott’s work sends all their new staff to work half a day at Boost and Salsas. You might have seen pictures of him on Facebook making smoothies a while back. He finally did his burrito day and conveniently it was very close to our house and on my day off! Jemma came out to meet me for lunch/laugh at her brother.

He was easily double the age of everyone else working there hahahahaaa. Jemma said people might think he was an ex-con and that was the only job he could get. Heheheheeee. It was quite busy when we were there and he looked a bit stressed, but we still got to say hi.

I was going to do a Zomato spoonback for this post, but I think I may have gotten special-made tacos for me because that was A LOT of guacamole. :D They were all very tasty, and great value on Taco Tuesday!

PS I got to keep the hat