Sunday Night Pork In My Belly.

Orange, Garlic and Soy Pork Belly with White Bean Mash.

You would think that having a daughter who will turn 20yrs old this year,  I would have a lot of time up my sleeve to do my own thing…you would think, wouldn’t you?

Well, that’s not how it works around here. My daughter, you see, actually likes spending time at home with me. She teases and jokes about sticking me in a nursing home and hiding my Vodka but I think she really actually likes me! She must – she said so in her Mother’s Day card to me…

So, when she told me she was going to spend a whole 3 days at her dad’s, I did a little secret dance in my bedroom and felt all giddy inside. Finally, 3 days to myself…what would I do?

Well as it turned out, I didn’t do much at all. Which was wonderful. When I say I didn’t do much, I actually meant I didn’t leave the house much. I went out for drinks with the girls after work on Friday as there was no need to rush home to cook. I knew what I was having anyway, thanks to ‘foodisthebestshitever’ – WTF Nachos – for sure!

Those nachos were the bizz…

bubbly cheesy goodness with a lava of spicy beans underneath...

bubbly cheesy goodness with a lava of spicy beans underneath…

Thanks Graz for the best after drinks Friday night, absolutely no sharing dinner idea...

Thanks Graz for the best after drinks Friday night, absolutely no sharing dinner idea…

The pantry and fridge were already full in anticipation of this free weekend – so it was washing clothes, sitting outside with a Cosmo (it was a beautiful day) and flicking through cooking magazines and whiling away time on FB.

Back to reality today (after a great sleep in followed by an afternoon nap) and in went the pork belly with an orange, garlic and soy glaze for a slow roasting. Served with white bean mash – so yummy!

Yep, she walked in, slapped me on the arm, called me something and then we sat down and enjoyed a yummy Sunday night dinner – although, she said she didn’t like the mash.

Hmmm, I had moved out of home at her age…think I’m making it a bit too comfortable around here…

I managed to get one dodgy photo and then my phone died…sorry about that.

 

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Welcome Home!

Good Food for Good People.

My daughter Alex is home! Yay! and double Yay…!

Three months in Europe and now she’s back. I’m so happy to have her home. She had an awesome time and I finally got to wear the chef’s hat she bought me from Paris – I wear it every time I cook…It’s awesome!!!

She did however come home to the news that my beautiful mum, who taught me to cook, had suffered a heart attack the week before. Mum will be fine but it has taken a lot out of her. She is one tough cookie so I have no doubt that she will be up and doing her thing soon enough but for now she needs rest…and apparently, Salmon Mornay. She asked me to make her Salmon Mornay for lunch the day after she got home from the hospital – she’s a funny woman!

Alex also came home to the house having been totally rearranged and one less person living with us…15,000 less DVDs,  no more major hi fi equipment or horror movie figurines everywhere.

Our place has a very relaxed vibe. It’s bright, airy and spacious. We love it…

To celebrate her homecoming and our new space we all got together and enjoyed some tasty treats and some very nice wine.

Here’s what we had:

Hoisin and Soy Pork Meatballs

Lime and Coriander Chicken

Sweet  Chilli Prawns

Vietnamese Coleslaw

Steamed Jasmine Rice

Lima and Coriander - always a favourite on chicken...

Lima and Coriander – always a favourite on chicken…

 

Could've made hundreds of these and still wouldn't have been enough!

Could’ve made hundreds of these and still wouldn’t have been enough!

 

The Prawns were delicious...

The Prawns were delicious…

 

Some tasty side dishes completed it all - good times!

Some tasty side dishes completed it all – good times!