18 May 2009

Monday Night, Family Night

For a long time now, well 10 years to be exact we have had a night in the week where all the family and any extra waifs and strays all have dinner together.
It began after Owen and I married and it was a way for me to get mums home cooking (despite Owen's excellent own cooking of meat and 2 veg). As the years have gone on we've added a few extra children to the mix too and its become an important part of staying in touch with each other and, despite the sad lack of my brothers attendance (overseas, boo...), it is still a very noisy event! It has also evolved over the years to be on a Monday night and lately due to mums busy schedule at work Dad has taken over the cooking duties. And I must say he's doing excellently. Tonight meat loaf was on the menu and it was the best I've ever tasted. Sadly I didn't take a photo, which Dad might say was a good thing as it did fall apart when he served it up but that didn't take away from the flavour. Sorry for mentioning that dad...

Dessert was a new recipe I tried as I was given a bag of fresh roasted hazelnuts from my sister-in-law. I made a Norwegian Hazelnut Cake courtesy of allrecipes.com and although it was a little saggy in the middle (my fault) it was delicious and declared a great recipe to add to my big blue folder. Usually served with a chocolate ganache I was all out of cream so I made a chocolate pate of sorts to accompany as chocolate and hazelnuts go so well together.

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