05 September 2011

the happiest Father's Day in our little world

Greetings all,
Yay, my husband is home for a visit!!  Much to our excitement, he arrived early - surprise - carrying boxes of mangoes & mandarins from Queensland, double yay.  
 Father's Day morning started with a quick cooked breakfast & i took our twins to compete in Tournament of the Minds (yes, 8a.m. on Father's Day) while my husband went back to bed (he drove 1350km on Saturday). 
 Our Maths & Engineering girl (in gingham above, with a French accent) won her division, like her big sister 3 years ago, so she advances to the next round.  Our Literature girl (below in green) was playing Cameron Diaz in a Shrek inspired performance which was hilarious, but apparently, not award winning. 
 Back home in time for lunch & freshly squeezed orange juice . . . 3kg fills the KitchenAid food processor jug to the pouring line, ok, a tiny bit too much, i did spill some . . . 
 & a sink filled with oranges to compost!! 
 For a simple BBQ dinner & salad, we threw together a lettuce, avocado & mango, no dressing, just raw ingredients chopped & a little bit mashed together - damn delicious!!
 Notice the flavour scale increase when my husband is around??  Well, he eats dinner in an Army mess & sometimes, meals for one at his bachelor pad . . . totally demoralising as he's a fantastic cook.  My cooking is bland, so when he's home, i assist him & we cook up a storm, of FLAVOUR.  Anyone for Peking duck tonight??
 So easy: pick up a BBQ duck from a good Chinese restaurant or grocer (around $28 in our neck of the woods, but feeds a football team/ my large hungry family), steam Peking Duck Pancakes, slice up shallots, add Hoi Sin sauce & roll up your bundle of happiness.
 Oh & just because we had some delicious bread rolls left over from the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, we made some pre-dinner herb & garlic bread, mmmm.
Don't worry about my waist line, we've been running around with the children in the park, on the oval & by the lake, plus our over zealous puppy.  Eat well my friends, love Posie
PS i have some great giveaways live right now, go enter . . . Hero Factory Lego &
Riley Grumpy Wombat book + pencil roll!!  Good luck!!


19 comments:

Felicity said...

Delish!
I've had a lovely meal but still my mouth is watering - wicked woman....loving that you have enjoyed a happy & healthy weekend with your loved ones.

xx Felicity

PS: Big congratulations on all the TOM achievements too - I know how much input there is just to get to the tournament - well done everyone!

Tas said...

Sounds like it was a great weekend all round at Chez Posie.

Still drooling over that box of mangoes even as I reached the end of the post...

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Sounds like you have had one fantastic weekend, well Sunday at least. It will be wonderful when your husband is home full-time.

Jacinta @ modelmumma said...

I'm coming over for Peking Duck pancakes! Yum. So glad you had a great father's day with the hubby man! xo

Beck said...

Yum!! Lots of lovely food there, phew! How lovely to have your fella home, it must be bliss. Loved the tournament photo's too, but what an early start! Enjoy your week Jennie xo

loulou said...

ok - what is it you can't do?

duck pancakes - how absolutely mouth watering!

I hope the carpal tunnel has simmered so you got to hold that man tight so he couldn't drive back another 1300 km's.

It sounded so lovely and I am so happy for you so much as a wife and family to have had it all together.

hugs

x
Loulou

Joni Llanora said...

Wow, looking at that fresh juice and delightful healthy meals make me so envious.

Catherine said...

Yeah for surprise visits from Dad's bringing yummy gifts:) I'm glad you had such a nice weekend together playing, cooking and eating. Shame about the early start on Father's Day, we did that last weekend, the big girl participated in something called Opti Minds. Gee it was a long day last Sunday but she had a great time. Have a good week. x

Sally said...

Mangos!!! YUM! What a lucky family you are :)

Silver Threads of Happiness said...

Wonderful! What a nice surprise having him home for Father's Day. I bet the whole family was just stoked. Mmmm I'm ready for mangoes to hit the shelves over here in WA!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Ooo, mouth is officially watering! What a fabulous fare you rustled up for the handsome soldiers return! The boxes of mangoes and oranges look delightful! Must say I'm craving some banana's at the moment too... they've been so scarce and EXPENSIVE for too long :o( Well done to your lovely twins for their performances... though 8am on a Sunday is a bit brutal... I'm really going to have to psych myself into having school aged children one day. A lovely post Posie :o) xo

Sindy said...

that salad looks fantastic. I do miss Australian mangoes... still, I make up for it with English berries. Hugs to handsome soldier!

BabyMac said...

Yum! How lovely that you got a visit AND some mangoes!

quilary said...

Love your excitement and the happiness you share! I'm proud for your kids, glad your husband is home and could "smell" the bbq from here! Your posts always make me smile!

Natasha in Oz said...

I love Peking duck! I'm going to try make my own-thanks for the recipe!

Best wishes and happy week,
Natasha.

PS I'm so happy to hear that father's day was fun!

mel @ loved said...

What a wonderful surprise & all that fresh food looks so delicious! Glad you had a lovely fathers day, very special..x

Maxabella said...

Happy belated Dad-in-town day to you all!

I didn't know you could compost citrus... I obediently remove our peelings every single time, but now I'm not so sure!!! x

Mookah said...

Makes me feel like just 'popping over' for lunch. I reckon I'd be welcomed with open arms and no one would bat an eyelid!

Tania said...

Oh my goodness. I haven't gotten around to breakfast yet and that peking duck is TORTURING ME! (and no, I'm not pregnant).

PS. Well done Tournament of the Minds competitors (and long-suffering supporters).