But before Friday came we had a couple of mid week post work engagements. Steve had a client dinner on Wednesday night so I invited the delightful Tanya round to mine. It was the week before pay day so rather than go out, we decided to cook at home. My friend Charis from Hong Kong who visited us earlier in the year about March time, put me in touch with one her friends, Christine, who has recently come to Melbourne to do some work and travel. So knowing that Christine has been living in a hostel and probably craves home cooked food, I invited her to sample our culinary delights.
Tanya brought her pressure cooker and together we made a Thai red chicken curry which was really scrummy even if we do say so ourselves. So much so, it's got me contemplating buying one as it really does speed up stew making and cooking cheaper cuts of meat or meat on the bone. Anyway I put pressure cooker browsing on the weekend to do list.
On Thursday, Steve and I met up with a couple who relocated to Melbourne March time this year; Lynn and Steve. Lynn was a candidate of mine and I found her a job when she first arrived and we'd always had nice conversations and got on well. When I found out her Steve was a sports fan and an accoutant I knew it would be a good double date! And it was...4 pints later and a promise to repeat the experience over dinner; we were on the countdown to Friday and the weekend!
Claire and Martyn brough Batfink round on Saturday night and Steve cooked dinner. The menu was sun dried tomato, black olive and parmesan coated rack of lamb with roast potatoes and a green bean and pine nut salad. All washed down with some local wine. We started off with a pinot grigio from Mornington Peninsula and had a shiraz and a pinot noir from the Yarra Valley. A cheeseboard ended the meal nicely bought during our visit to the Queen Vic market earlier in the day.
It's Melbourne Festival which seems to be an arts type celebration with various performances, films, art exhibitions going on around the city. One of the things we noticed during our CBD wandering was the Angels - Demons sculptures and we decided to track them all down.
Naturally we had lunch out and thoroughly enjoyed that at Chin Chin which will be reviewed. We also did some shopping in Myer (like Debenhams and House of Fraser). Steve had some vouchers to spend so he got a couple of shirts and I had an urge to look at kitchenware following on from the pressure cooker experience earlier in the week.
We found the pressure cookers too expensive - even on sale so will carry on keeping an eye out until I find one more budget friendly.
It looks pretty cool and we are looking forward to doing some tastings to tell the difference. We have some good bottles of wine (and a case of 12 to come from Margaret River) so it makes sense to enjoy them fully. We also picked up a decanter in the sale so really feel like we're serious now!