How was your Mother’s Day?
I know I’m a bit behind in sharing mine but it’s been a little frantic around here. The day after Mother’s Day, first thing in the morning I had a clinical exam, where I had to perform a number of tricks in less than 20 minutes. I can only liken the experience to being a bit like an actor doing his best to audition for a potential role. At the end when my assessor said, ‘That was good, no actually, that was outstanding’, I was so relieved I nearly hugged him.
Then last week I had five, two-hour and ten-minute exams. By the fourth one I was dragging my feet and by the fifth one I was practically catatonic. Especially as I believe cramming is most beneficial so was rising at 4.15am to start studying. 4.15am is also one of the rare times of the day the house is quiet!
So Semester 1 is all behind me now except for the part where on Monday I start a three-week clinical in an aged care facility. I’ll be working every day from 7am so here’s hoping someone in the family will help the poor little guy get off to school!
But back to Mother’s Day. Here in Sydney we have had the most wonderful autumn with really mild conditions that provided an extension to the summer of endless barbecues and outdoor entertaining. Mother’s Day was overcast but still warm enough to continue the theme.
Not everyone in our extended family could be with us on Mother’s Day but a remnant of about 18 were able to land on the doorstep of my parent’s home for an outdoor lunch. We all brought a contribution to the meal. I made two salads; beetroot with marinated feta, mint and caramelised walnuts, and a potato salad with organic eggs, shallots, capers, cornichons and dill. Katie also made a salad with spinach and toasted pita bread.
Mum and Millie marinated shoulders of lamb and slow cooked them and these were served with a spiced yoghurt and mint sauce. I also brought a kilo of sausages because why not fire up the barbecue one more time this ‘summer’.
For dessert, cousin Pip made two beautiful lemon tarts that were served with clotted cream.
Millie brought a vegan chocolate and raspberry tart that had a cashew nut base.
And Katie’s 10-year old son who just loves to cook, made a pavlova that he served with whipped cream and a caramel sauce he had made, and he decorated it with raspberries – pretty impressive effort for a 10-year old.
And Elsie wasn’t forgotten as while we sat at the table, she enjoyed a couple of lamb bones.
The cousins enjoyed a swim in the pool that was warm enough – just.
And then we abruptly left so I could prepare for my exam. On the kitchen bench at home was my gift from my three children – a slow cooker! In the last four weeks I’ve used it often. After taking the little guy to school I stop at the shops for the ingredients I need then come home and throw them in the slow cooker. It has been very comforting that while studying, I’ve been able to smell that night’s meal cooking. I’ve never owned a slow cooker before – not sure how that happened!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day.