Ruminations and recipes from a small kitchen in a big city.

30.8.04

By the river.

We had the girls Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. How to entertain them? Spring is in the air so we went down to Studley Park to see the ducks and swans ... and have coffee at the outdoor cafe by the river (there's always an agenda for the adults!).

We sat with our coffees and ice-creams, watching people hiring rowboats from the boathouse and then just kind of paddling round in aimless circles, some staying within a hundred metres of the launching ramp. Wouldn't you think if you were to hire a boat, you would actually row it somewhere? Maybe not.

There were birds of all kinds swooping about, kookaburras, bright green and red rosellas, sparrows, pigeons (what a mixture - sounds like city square meets rainforest!). You really had to watch your coffee lest an unexpected deposit render it undrinkable.

It was the most beautiful day - glorious late winter sunshine, bright pink blossom buds popping out on the trees, long-sleeved tops giving way to bare arms ...

Afterwards we rambled along the river's edge before driving home late in the afternoon.

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Dinner was a mixture. Mashed potato and broccoli florets. Plain boiled eggs. Baked beans. And 'kofta' burgers: half kilo ground veal and pork (50/50), a minced onion, a tablespoon of finely chopped parsley, a teaspoon of salt, half teaspoon each of cumin and ground black pepper. Form into small sausages, grill.

Delicious cold the next day for lunch served in Lebanese bread with tomatoes and lettuce with a splodge of plain yogurt and tomato or chili sauce.

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We have a big round wicker basket full of toys and books for the girls when they visit. They played with those for a while, then to bed.



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