Whilst Steve was back home, I was well loved in Melbourne and has so many friends offer to entertain me during his time away. I think I made my own dinner once during his ten day trip! The other times I dined out with friends - thanks Claire, Katherine, Kirsten and Rachel. I spent the Friday night Chez Choong in Doncaster East. Saturday was a Box Hill food trail with Stefanie, Ling and Noah and the rest of the weekend was spent with Jacqui and her two twin boys. Special thanks to Karly and the girls at work for making the days go by quicker and making sure I was never lonely. Thanks guys!
So when Steve returned early Friday morning it was great to see him and I couldn't wait for work to finish so we could catch up. We only had about half an hour after he came back before I had to leave for work so I only had time to rescue my presents from UK out of his case and not much else! Priorities right?
Friday night was reunion / date night and we enjoyed a meal out together at Seamstress which Steve organised. It was nice to come home after work and not have to think about dinner because the reservation had already been made. Thank you Barley Boy. And also lucky for us is that this weekend is a long weekend as today (Monday) is a public holiday.
Saturday was spent relaxing before heading out to Claire and Martyn's place as they had invited us round for dinner. It was a great Saturday night thing to do; got us out of the house but required minimal effort. Well, apart from the fact that I told Steve the wrong station so we got off the train at the wrong place and had to figure out where we were. Luckily, we were in the area so it was only a slightly longer walk than it could have been!
The reason we had to be up so early and raring to go, was because we were attending a Thai cookery class. This was a birthday gift from Steve to me.
There were five of us in the class and we were taught by the ever patient Rattana who had spent 22 years in Thailand teaching cookery and nutrition before coming to Australia. We were taught in the commercial kitchen of a popular Thai restaurant and the class followed the principle of watch and learn from Rattana tasting the end product, then try and execute it, followed by package it up to take home. It was a method and style that worked for us!
Rattana taught us how to make a Penang curry paste from fresh ingredients and we each took a tub of the paste home as well as the curry we made from it. We also made a beautiful tom yum soup which I always thought was super complicated but really isn't. Other things we practiced included a king prawn salad with a Thai dressing (lots of fishy chilli jam!) and curry puffs which we ate with a drink at the end of the course.
So this weekend has been a bit of a Thai fest along with lots of rest time. Today the rain finally stopped and we had bit of sunshine and we enjoyed a little wander round some furniture shops as we're looking for a chair for the apartment.
We have a 4 day week at work and then we're off to Broome for a week for a holiday! Yay!