Especially if you happen to live in WA and have just had one! I've had a lovely, cruisy, relaxing, baking, socialising, kinda long weekend and enjoyed every minute of it.
I baked a butter cake with a zingy passionfruit icing, made mini pizza muffins, put the slow cooker to good use with a batch of pea and ham soup and also a delish beef hotpot and cooked up a batch of dog food (and laughed at my Dad when he asked me what I was cooking because it looked good - okay, it was essentially human food of mince, rice and some vegies but it was still funny)
I caught up with an old school-friend on Saturday and had fun gossiping the afternoon away and getting to know her kids (gorgeousness in bucketloads!), Sunday we tootled off to another friends place to help with his low-key 40th birthday celebrations and today we had a last minute lunch invitation that was too good to turn down. I loved that the phone conversation with the lovely friend who issued the invitation, the former Mrs-Across-The-Road, included the line, "I know you have a hard time with the spontaneous stuff, so if it's too hard don't feel bad saying no." I laughed and laughed, then did some mental reorganising and declared we'd love to come to lunch! Then I made this delicious Beer Bread, grabbed some quince paste from the fridge, bought cheese from the deli on the way out and threw the whole lot on a serving platter when we got there. Yum. I am so making this again - super quick and seriously yummy, it's a winner for me.
And when I wasn't doing anything else, I also looked through cookbooks and magazines and came up with this week's menu plan:
Monday: Slow Cooker Beef Hotpot
Tuesday: Baked fish with steamed vegies
Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognaise
Thursday: Chicken Curry Pies*
Friday: Macaroni Cheese*
Saturday: Homemade Pizza
Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole with mustard and tarragon*
Baking: Choc Chip Cupcakes* and more quince paste
What are you cooking this week? Trying anything new? Revisiting old favourites? Got anything worth sharing? Leave me some comment love and let me know what's going on in your kitchen.