It’s been a hectic weekend with all sorts of wonderful events taking place but the most significant of these was a Sunday lunch where my parent’s five children were not only in the same country but also seated around the same table. The weather, which has recently been very disappointing actually turned on a warm and sunny day so we were able to enjoy a long lunch seated outside under a pergola covered in Spring’s wisteria blossoms.
It all came about because by coincidence, my two sisters who live overseas, were both flying into Sydney at the same time. Both are on whirlwind trips so there was really just one opportunity to get together.
The lunch was a group effort with everyone volunteering to bring a dish. Ms Hotly Spiced brought two and I’ll be sharing the recipes later this week.
We started with pate and crackers that I didn’t photograph because we were late. On Sunday morning Alfie was invited to go canoeing with a few mates and when Carl went to pick him up, he was so far out into the ocean that a lot of time was spent encouraging him to hurry back to shore (he was in no hurry).
We arrived half an hour late and fortunately there was still a drop of champagne left for me to have a celebratory drink.
To prepare the lunch, eye fillets of beef were cooked on the bar-be-cue along with sausages and the beef was served with chimichurri sauce.
My mother roasted little kipfler potatoes that were lightly seasoned, had a lovely crispy skin and were soft and fluffy on the inside.
Katie made a freekah salad with lots of herbs as well as a red quinoa salad with sweet potato.
Celebrating the season, I made a fresh Australian asparagus salad with mint leaves, baby peas and pan-fried haloumi and a pomegranate dressing. It was vibrantly green and looked very primavera (without the linguine).
There was no shortage of food and we’d all over-catered thinking Archie and Arabella would be there but alas, they had work commitments.
It’s still not all that warm in Sydney and so as the afternoon wore on it became too cool to eat dessert outside. We moved into the living room and enjoyed a rich dark chocolate cake made by Millie and then a gluten-free hazelnut and banana cake made by me.
And so that was the five-sibling-get-together. We’re all quite different but looking at the image below, maybe not all that different as somehow we all turned up in pants and there was definitely a blue and white striped top theme. I would have worn my hair out to match the other four but with an early morning breakfast meeting, a shampoo and blow-dry fell into the too-hard basket.
Our get-togethers only happen once every couple of years so we treasure the moments.
How frequently do you and your siblings get together?