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Weekend Wanderings… | A Personal Post

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Halfway through July. Yes, let’s just stop for a moment and read that again… HALFWAY through July. Which means we’re on the downhill run for 2014!

I am still in shock at the prospect of this. HOW?! When did this happen? I feel like I fell asleep in April and woke up smack bang in the middle of July. There are still so many things I want to see and do for the remainder of the year, so it’s time to get moving! Although it is hard during the cold winter months, it is best to not hibernate too much, or it will be spring before you know it (which in reality is only 6 weeks away) Now I know, you’re probably all rolling your eyes at me. “Calm down, it’s ONLY July” which is true. There is still loads of minutes, days and weeks left in 2014 – but why do I have this feeling that it is quickly slipping through my fingers? Does anyone else feel this way?

So, after a chilled out night relaxing on the couch at home on Friday night with hot Milos, popcorn and The Grand Budapest Hotel I knew it was time to get out and experience a new place for breakfast come Saturday morning. The husband had been home ALL week sick from work, and after a stop off at the doctor to finally determine what was wrong (more than just a case of man flu – a sinus infection!) we got some antibiotics and then headed off to The Clubhouse in Rosebery – and it was delicious!

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It was here once breakfast was complete that I embraced my inner child after discovering the most enormous leaf I had ever encountered! I couldn’t resist having a mini photo shoot in the winter wind with my new find. It was beautiful! Somehow I don’t think my husband felt the same way as he pointed the camera at me while I danced around like a kid with my giant leaf!


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From here, I sent the sick husband home to be banished to the couch {again!} while I headed in to the city to meet my best friend Lauren for a day of wedding gown shopping for her upcoming 2015 wedding! It was most exciting seeing her try on so many beautiful and gorgeous dresses and imaging her walk down the aisle to meet the man of her dreams at the other end!

I was also lucky enough to try on 5 bridesmaids dresses for the big day, so I can’t wait until we decide on the ONE!

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After a busy day trying on dresses we finished off in the afternoon with a glass of bubbles to celebrate at The Print Room in Paddington. I had heard great things about this place, and I wasn’t disappointed at all! Climbing the stairs of the old terrace we were greeted to beautiful wooden floors, large windows with the late afternoon light streaming through and a few big groups of people eating and enjoying some Saturday afternoon celebrations.

The venue had a lovely vibe to it, even though it wasn’t too busy and the staff were very attentive. I will most certainly be returning as the menu looked amazing!

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After another quiet night in on Saturday night, we chose to stay indoors on a cold and blustery Sydney winters day and cook up some warming treats to get the husband over his sinus infection and feeling 100% again.

For breakfast we spent the time to cook up a delicious Shakshuka with some crusty bread to dip in to the sauce. Coffee, tea and orange juice were the perfect accompaniment! This is one dish we love eating, but very rarely make the time or effort to do this so I am glad we did! We still have a few things we want to do to the recipe to really refine it to our tastes, but hopefully cooking it a few more times will allow us to get it perfect! And lets be honest, any excuse to eat that on the weekends is a fine by me!

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As if that wasn’t enough, we figured due to the fact we weren’t planning on leaving the house that we would slow roast a lamb leg for 8hrs, so we prepared this and popped it in the oven to roast away over the whole day. It was lovely having the delicious garlic, rosemary and lamb smells wafting through the house knowing that it was going to be ready by about 7pm that night!

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For me also, nothing beats a good soup in winter. A friend of mine had put me on to a delicious recipe for a spiced carrot and lentil soup so I was excited to try this out! I had never cooked with lentils before, and was amazed at how easy and scrumptious it was. Again, that crusty bread came in good use to dip in once the soup was done!

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So with full bellies and  lots of relaxation another weekend came to a close. Did you get a chance to relax? Are you a fan of cooking a few meals up over the weekend to get prepared for the week ahead, or do you think that I’m crazy for thinking this is fun?!

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A cosy day at home..

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As the weather starts to cool down for the year, the husband and I locked ourselves away for the day watching endless seasons of TV Shows and movies.

This was our idea of heaven, and because we knew we weren’t planning on leaving the house at all – what thought what better way to while away the hours, than to cook an 8 hour Slow Roast Lamb.

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Recently I was given the most beautiful cookbook by What Katie Katie as a birthday gift from a dear friend. I have followed her blog for many years now, and she has such inspirational recipes and food photography.  We opted to adapt her recipe in the cookbook, and just stick to serving this with roast vegetables, beans and feta.

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Preheat oven top temp

INGREDIENTS
Shoulder of Lamb
Garlic cloves
Rosemary fresh
Olive Oil
Seasonings

METHOD
Score the lamb not too deep all over, roughly 2cms
Push slivers of garlic & Rosemary into the lamb
Season salt & pepper
Place lamb over garlic cloves & Rosemary in baking pan
Drizzle with a little Olive Oil

Cover Lamb with a layer of Foil

REDUCE TO 140c FAN FORCED

Cook for 8 Hrs – checking occasionally, if drying out cover with water (or red wine)

Serve with Roast Potatoes, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato with Green Beans and Feta, all while enjoying a lovely glass of red wine!

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