Monthly Archives: November 2012

We’re still here!

Hi everyone!  I’m so sorry about the lengthy absence.  I’ve started a new full-time job and I have been finding it hard to keep up with work, friends, family, Mi Casa-Su Casa dinners AND the blog.  But, I’m settling into the job now so I will be back to frequent postings again in no time!

And, while I was away from here, I was still busy behind the scenes!  We’ve hosted two more Mi Casa-Su Casa dinners in the past month.  They were both tons of fun with lots of good food and great people!

First up was a New England themed dinner.  As a kid I spent every summer up in New England visiting my grandparents.  I took all of my childhood memories (and a few of grandma’s recipes!) and put them into a special dinner for our guests.  Here are a few shots from the night.

For our New England themed dinner we used newspapers to cover the table… a classic clam bake trick!

Our starter… Ethel’s Corn Chowder! Made from my grandmother’s recipe, this soup is incredible!

A traditional New England clam bake! Prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, potatoes and corn.

Another homage to my grandmother and the blueberry bushes that grew in her yard… blueberry poundcake with maple whipped cream and blueberry compote.

And the second dinner that we hosted was…. THANKSGIVING!  We had a fantastic group of enthusiastic diners all keen to try some All-American classics.  Thanksgiving is my all time favourite holiday and it was a joy to share the day with some wonderful new Aussie friends.  We didn’t get as many pictures of Thanksgiving dinner… we were too busy having fun with our guests!

The table is set for our Thanksgiving dinner! All of the decorations were mailed over by my mom so we’d have a well-dressed table.

We cooked our turkey on the new Weber Q! I brined it for 6 hours and then rubbed it with seasoned butter. It was the best turkey I’ve ever tasted!

A very happy group of Pilgrims and Native Americans! HUGE thanks to Katie Hatch (a hugely supportive and enthusiastic fellow American) for making the hats for all our guest! Aren’t they a gorgeous group???

Looks like fun, huh?  It really has been!

We’re taking the Christmas season off and heading to New Zealand for a few weeks.  We’ll be back in the new year with some delicious new meals!

Our first Mi Casa-Su Casa dinner in 2013 will be on Saturday, 12 January.  We’re going to do a Mexican themed dinner!  It’ll be perfect food for a hot summer evening, so let’s hope the Sydney weather delivers!

After that we’ll be having an anti-Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, 16 February.  I’m thinking big servings of food that you’d NEVER order on a date (pork ribs, perhaps??)

If you’d like to book in for either of these dates, email me at and let me know!  I hope to see you soon!