What I ate on my holidays

I’ve been missing not posting here, but all my computer face time at the moment is being taken up doing work contributing to the new Kitchen Garden at my son’s school (setting up a blog and wiki, in fact). To keep myself going, here’s some snapshots of what’s been happening.

And in case you thought I was one of those nasty food show offs who were profiled at The Elegant Sufficiency, you should know I’m off down to the local swimming pool this afternoon to celebrate my youngest son’s 2nd birthday with supermarket sausages on plastic bread, followed by packet cake and bought icing.

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14 thoughts on “What I ate on my holidays

  1. Happy Birthday Jet! May your third year bring gourmet snags on sourdough and homemade relish.

    Looks like you’ve all had a good few weeks at the trough.

  2. Oooh-errr I love a bit of tongue! 😛 And good onya for getting involved in the Kitchen Garden scheme.

    I had to laugh at Steph’s post. She has her moments where she can be a frightfully snobby food show off, so perhaps hers is a case of double standards whenever it suits?

  3. erm, yeah, not so drooly about the tongue, except I’m curious to try it in finished form.

    I really, really, really hope that the garden programme has moved into more schools by the time the Dinghy is ready for school. it’ll be one of my criteria seeing as there doesn’t seem to be much difference in the schools around here, from what I can tell.

  4. All of those photos look delicious Zoe. I recall eating tongue on sandwiches for school lunches. I also remember getting my friend to try some and admit it was nice before revealing the origins. Have never had it since though. What did you do with it?

  5. It seems a very protein-heavy bunch, now I look at it, Kirsty, but there were lots of salads too.

    We ate the tongue as a salad – poached very simply, cooled and quickly fried (hot! to caramelise) then served on bitter greens with pickled cherries and a dressing from some of the cherry pickling liquid. It was based on a recipe in Maggie’s Table which uses pickled plums.

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  7. ZOMG you totally made prawn cocktails!!! We were instructed to bring prawn cocktails to the everyone-bring-a-dish Christmas do at SIL’s. I maintained that to make individual portions for a not-really-known number of guests would only end in tears, but look you’ve done it. I know yours would be better than the 1970s Thousand Island Dressing debacles known as prawn cocktails – care to describe for us?
    We did have an additional problem in that the PCs would have to be transported over either individually or in bulk across the vast expanse of Melbourne, and I was worried about giving everyone salmonella.

  8. Oh, what we did? Brought a mess o’ cooked prawns instead to peel and eat with mayonnaise or lemon. they survived the journey OK, but were hardly a culinary feat.

  9. As one of the lucky scoffers of that pudding (that is, we scoffed it, not scoffed at it), I would like to praise its generous fruitiness, and especially mention the big chunks of preserved ginger. Rich and earthy like all good puds, but with some real zip! Am exhanging tip about pureed chestnuts for more ginger in my Xmas 2009 effort…

  10. Helen, it would not be Christmas with my side of the family without the prawn cocktail – absolutely essential. And with bottled sauce. Yep. Provided you have a light hand with it, it’s great. My cousin the caterer chiffonaded the iceberg to supershreds and the prawns were deliciously fresh, shelled by blokes sitting on eskies in the shed just before lunch. Nothing to it 😉

    And, as K8 says, the crystallised ginger pieces were huge – a bit too big for me. As she said (and she’s the girl smiling in anticipation in that roast pork picture up there) if you like crystallised ginger you really like it.

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