Monday, 20 June 2011


Yesterday, we had an absolutely marvellous afternoon with some of our very dear friends, Steve and Tanya. We are all a tad addicted to Masterchef, and all enjoy dabbling in the kitchen.

As such, we decided that the after-church-lunch we had planned should be turned into a cooking and eating extravaganza.

We carefully chose our five (!!!!) courses… and don’t worry, we didn’t eat them all at once. Our cooking and culinary adventure lasted about nine hours or more.


We did our shopping, and organised our groceries by dish.

First on the menu was a delicious cheese and spinach cob dip, made by Tanya. It was so yummy and we were clearly so hungry after church that it was the one dish that didn’t get any photos. Sorry! But rest assured, it was delicious, and we polished off the entire thing.


Peter got the rice ready for the sushi, and it cooled while we ate our cob.


After Tanya cleaned up from round one, we got started on the sushi.


Our sushi was filled with chicken schnitzel, capsicum, carrot, avocado, mayo and pickled ginger.


Peter was our sushi expert, and he trained us all in the art of sushi-rolling. We all got to have a go.













Once the sushi was rolled and resting, Steve and Tanya got started on their famous chicken tandoori pizza.


Steve was in charge of the dough, and Tanya worked on the toppings.


The chicken was marinated in a mix of tandoori paste and natural yoghurt. Instead of tomato paste spread on the base, it was a mixture of mango chutney and natural yoghurt. Divine.


The pizza is topped with the chicken, zucchini, capsicum and ladyfinger bananas. The banana was such a great compliment to all the flavours, and helped to take a bit of the bite out of the spicy tandoori.

While the pizza was cooking, we cleaned up, chatted, and played some songs on the piano.


Mayana amused herself by watching ABC Kids and playing with Bono.. who is a border collie x great dane. Mayana loves him, even though he is taller than her!


Once the pizza was done, it was time for round two…


We ate the pizza and sushi together, with a side of Jamie Oliver salad.

At that point, we were very full, and came to the realisation that we probably should have been eating miniature portions. Oops.

Tanya, Peter, Mayana and I took Bono for a walk, while Steve got started on stage three: Maggie Beer’s roast chicken, as featured on Masterclass a few weeks ago.


Dinner was delicious. Steve did a fantastic job on the chicken. It was perfectly seasoned and mouth-wateringly moist. He served it with parsnip mash and roasted garlic. Yum!

You’d think by this time we would have been stuffed to the brim. Well, we kind of were, but we’d been talking about and looking forward to dessert all day long. So we let our food settle for an hour or so, then I got started on dessert.

I came up with a very fabulous concoction which I named, “S’more French Toast”. Which basically is a french toast sandwich, with chopped cadbury chocolate and marshmallows inside of it. I served it with a very yummy orange syrup.


It was very delicious (even if I do say so myself).

After that, we sat very still for a very long time. Then, when we could move again, we hugged Steve and Tanya and thanked them for such a wonderful afternoon/evening, and rolled ourselves home.

Steve and Tanya are just about to take off on a 6-month travelling adventure, but when they come home, I can’t wait to do it again!

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