Last week, I caught up with S. We opted for a stroll in Pa******** where we found the cutest little French Cafe. I must admit since I became a Suzie Homemaker that cooks, I have become a bit of a Restaurant critic…
That and the fact that E let me in on the Big Secret. Her husband works for a baking supply company. I was thinking flour, sugar, fresh produce. No. most big grocery stores and cafes around town all make their “freshly baked” cakes, cookies (yes, even those choc chip ones) from Powder! A powder you just add water / vegetable oil / eggs to!
You know, suddenly when 5 star charge a pretty penny, I’m beginning to understand why….
Anyways, back to my Lunch with S.
We ate beautiful food, freshly cooked (it took long enough). I could smell the fresh yeast of my lightly toasted baguette. What did I have, you say? Mud crab, prawns and snapper in a lovely prawn bisque with said lightly toasted baguette. It was yum!
Ben was so excited to see S again. He babbled at her constantly – between leaning in quite pointedly every so often for a “feed”.Now, I don’t know if Ben thinks this is how you get the ladies, but I know for a fact he wasn’t hungry. I offered him a feed from me every so often but he wasn’t interested in my milk, he wanted S. I think he’s a Boob-Man.
We also strolled round Main Street, wandering into a vintage store or two… No piccies, sorry ladies. But I do have one of the books I picked up.
We had a play-date with O on Sunday. I had been inundated recently with punnets of strawberries, it being the season. In Northern hemisphere strawberry season heralds the summer – Eton Mess, Strawberry Frappes, Strawberry Ice cream. Down here, it’s cold, it being winter and all. So I made Strawberry cake. It went down well!
After our play-date we headed to do the grocery shopping – oh, joy ( please read this in your heads with all the sarcasm you can muster).
I have started doing the grocery shopping in my pantry first. This way I just top-up with exact numbers of what I need. This also allows for a margin of “Oh, my goodness, it’s on sale!” items, both in my trolley and my wallet.
For all you Frugal Frannies out there, I will give you a nice tip. When I’m putting the groceries away, I usually leave the second shelf for all the old, need to to be eaten now veggies, cheeses, etc. A great way of
getting rid of using up large quantities of these are Frittatas, Soups, Stews, Meatloaves and Quiches.
And for la piece de resistance, I found this amazing recipe on smitten (that girl can cook) for Cauliflower & Caramelised Onion Tart. If you don’t like Cauliflower, I think you need to make this and rethink everything you thought you knew about vegetables.
Also, for our park play date, I had wanted to make some croissants or some other pastry to compliment our coffees while the kids played. I was nicely surprised by how much work a good pastry requires… and the hours of labor! That said, I think our local French Patisserie doesn’t charge enough for their pastries, given what I know now… unless they use powder too!
So imagine my surprise at how nice and easy this pastry base was to make… And to taste? Buttery softness just melts in your mouth!
Roll on the Meatless-Mondays! ( Perhaps PETA will give my blog a second chance)
I spent most of Saturday in bed with an awful splitting headache. I could barely open my eyes, the light made it 10 times worse. Babycakes took complete charge of the kiddies and only required periodic visits for Ben’s feeds. So by Sunday evening, I was in catch-up mode. I dusted every crevice, cleaned all the windows, did laundry, de-grimed my kitchen, hovered, mopped, changed sheets and towels. Babycakes wrangled the kids.
Couple years ago, this would have resulted in a big blow out about why I had to get it done now. As I pondered this, I glanced up at Babycakes,quietly fluffing pillows with Ben strapped to his chest. I love that man.