Monday, 24 January 2011
"My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order. "
last week was one of my most socially mobile in a while and i'm pretty happy with that... my friend diana, who i have known since high school, was in sydney after spending most of the last twenty years in the US (and the congo and the amazon and europe and who knows where else because i forget) we got together at her house and cat sitting assignment, we watched oprah's aussie advertisement, we ate grapes and bread & cheese with tomato. i drank coffee and ms california- healthy had chamomile or some such thing. we chatted about men and family and jury duty and diana's upcoming adventure as a governess on a remote island off west australia's coast. she has a blog for the purposes of telling the tale, i dont know if she will be a regular blogger but i can promise she will be interesting if you feel like dropping by. on saturday we were invited to the home of some new friends for lunch. it was a hot day but the breeze blew in fluttering the pretty and outstandingly white lace curtains. we had sparkling mineral water and fruit juice and chatted as our hostess made salad and cooked beetroot dip. little boys ran about in various states of undress as they played with a water slide in the backyard and appeared looking for towels or toys or whatever it is that little boys desert a water slide for. we had italian bread cut at the table and pasta with a delicious pink sauce. there was potato cake, too (gateau di patate?) with mozzarella, potato, smoked mozzarella and herbs. it was all served from a delightful collection of mismatched and brightly coloured crockery, watermelon followed and coffee in hand painted espresso cups. both of my little jaunts out involved simple, unpretentious food, fresh and lovely prepared and served with generous hearts. it's no wonder i was so happy with that, you cant beat it!