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February 28, 2010

Sun, 28 Feb 2010

In today’s post:
Courtney’s birthday cake
Courtney’s birthday party
Farmer’s Market goodies
Our potato harvest

Yesterday was Courtney’s birthday party.  We had some friends over to share a BBQ and a few drinks.  It was a great night.  Good conversation, good friends, good amount of beer (no hangover).  People arrived from 6pm onwards and we just relaxed and had a good time.

I made a cake for Courtney for her BBQ, as I mentioned a few days ago.  It was good fun to make but there were a few things that I was unhappy with.  The recipe for the chocolate mouse was all screwed up, parts of the recipe for the mouse were in the ganache instructions and it just didn’t work.  It was runny and barely manageable.  It was supposed to hold up 5 layers of the cake but couldn’t even hold itself up.  Never mind.  It looked good and tasted good.  They are the only things that matter.  I spent hours making various bits and pieces of it on and off but I enjoyed the challenge.  Given the choice, I would do it again.

We had a bit of a rough night last night with Abbie waking 4 times.  We were still up when she woke the first time and we let her stay up for a bit.  After putting her back down she slept for a few hours and we went to bed at midnight.  Abbie woke up at 0030, 0130 and 0300.  She finally went to sleep properly then.  Not a good night sleep.  She woke again at 0700 so we got up and got ready to go out.

We went to the farmer’s market again this morning.  We went to the ‘Rare Foods’ stall first, the Gourmet Farmer’s stall, with rare breed free range pork products.  Last week I bought the rillette, which was bloody fantastic when paired with sourdough.  This week we bought some pork sausages.  They are the first sausages I have ever bought where I know how to pronounce everything on the ingredients list and the first one where there wasn’t any numbers in there either.  They have pork, fennel, salt, pepper and natural casings.  Can’t get much simpler than that but they should taste GREAT.  We are going to fry them and have them for dinner with some other local produce tonight.  I can’t wait for dinner.  We bought some sourdough bread from the Zum stand and some heirloom cabbage seedlings (Copenhagen Market) to try our hand at.

When I bought the cabbage seedlings I knew I had no where to plant them as I am trying to get rid of everything out of the front garden to move them up the back with the others, where they get more sunlight.  We decided that the potatoes weren’t doing particularly well (that happens when you use supermarket potatoes instead of seed potatoes) so we would pull them out and plant the cabbage there.  We ended up with 5kg of potatoes which wasn’t too bad.  Some were big and some were really small but I’m happy we got any at all.

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From → Family, Friends, Garden, Random

  1. Wendy (evil Mother in law) permalink

    Awesome evening last night thanks Aaron and Courtney :)
    Cake was yummy. Shame my extra piece was left on your bench.
    I am finding it good reading your blog.
    Hugs Wendy

  2. cake looks amazing aaron!
    but maybe its just the babies talking!

    i was telling mum today that you go to farmers markets today.. and that you’re a mass hillbilly.. we chuckled for a while.

    can’t wait to see you.. THREE WEEKS!

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