Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Favorite Restaurant is Home

We both love going out for dinner but on many occasions, I'm disappointed due to Sue's culinary skills at home. Then again, it's her passion, not her livelihood. It's true and I am thoroughly spoilt. Then again I think that she makes the best peanut butter sandwiches.

I'm sure we all have had the experience of eating at a restaurant that we had great expectations of and come away with a feeling of those expectations not being met. Good value is not always measured by the cost of the meal.
I've enjoyed a great pizza or pasta with friends and found that I've received good value for the dollars spent.
Then again, a restaurant of good standing has sometimes made me feel I've been ripped off.
This is never the case at home.
Tonight's meal was soooooo good. All washed down with a local Pinot Noir.

Roast pork - love that crackling, scallops on a bed of pea puree.
Sue talking
Crispy skin, roasted belly pork went well with some scallops seared quickly in a hot pan and served on a pea puree. The sweetness of the scallops and the peas went well with the salty crackle and the richness of the pork. Just in case the dish wasn't rich enough, we had chat potatoes roasted till crunchy on the outside, soft inside with garlic and rosemary. The pork was roasted on a raft of rosemary that protected it from the heat of the pan and gave a delicious smell and mild flavour. A goody.

See that little triangle bit of crackling on the end. After the photograph it was missing.
I just couldn't resist it - Oh, I am a bad boy!!!

It's not easy being green, but I do taste nice!!!
Some of these went missing as well when Sue turned her back.

New Neighbours
Yep, we have new neighbours. Our previous neighbours welcomed us to the street in 1982. The husband recently passed away at 90+ years and his wife is in a home suffering from dementia. Their son has recently organised his parents home as a rental property.
History repeats as it was us this time that welcomed our new neighbours to the street. They were quite taken back by our actions as they said that this had never happened at their previous locations.
I have to say that our reason for saying hello was that they seemed like interesting people - a little left of centre maybe. They have an interest to a period of time that relates to my childhood. Although I was born in 1950, I did have some influence from my older brother of those early Rock N Roll times.
Our neighbours although much younger than us have a passion of the time. They dress in the 50s and they have cars from the era. It will be interesting to see how the relationship with our new neighbours progress over time.
But I do like their cars.

My father had one of these when I was a young kid - well not quite like this one.
Our Chevrolet was a beige.
The third model of the Australian built Holden.
Its our son's birthday today so we are off to an Italian restaurant now - He's 24, where do those years go - yesterday he was only 12. He's off to New York, then, Canada in March and we will be empty nesters.
The other son is in England and with our youngest in Canada we will all be reuniting with them and my daughter in Paris for Sue's 60th birthday in May. Can't wait.
Know any good restaurants in Paris for the occasion that doesn't cost me a second mortgage?


  1. Happy Birthday to your son, hope he has a great trip overseas
    There is only one food in this world that both Nigel and I cannot stand and that is peanut butter ugh!!
    Pork crackling, is there anything better mmmmmm.
    Love your new neighbours cars, interesting. Diane

  2. What interesting neighbours, it will be fun to see how living next door to them the cars.

    I agree about eating out. I would pay any amount of money for a good meal but if it doesn't come up to scratch, even if it was cheap, it's always a disappointment. Obviously we only lash out on really expensive meals every so often but choosing from a lavish menu can be a real minefield. I think you're right, the best restaurant is at home, it's just a shame about having to do the washing up.

  3. Peanut butter banana avocado and alfalfa spouts - my fave sandwich Diane - do you feel your lips curl?
    As for the pork crackling - yes yummo!

  4. And Jean, hello.
    Just to let you know about the cooking thing - we have this rule that the cook NEVER washes up. That's my job but Sue is soooo messy in the kitchen that I'm thinking of a role reversal in my retirement.

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