Monday, July 08, 2013

Weekend shenanigans

My weekend flew past as usual, but Friday was a complete blur. Finding out at 6:00am that I'd placed as second runner up in the Leanness Lifestyle 2013 awards was a great start to my day, but left me kind of stunned. Then I had to be out the door at 9:00am for a family trip to the dentist - a much bigger deal than it sounds, as it involves a train ride to the city and back and took up 4 and a half hours of my day. Then there was grocery shopping to be done and some other mundane stuff and before I knew it, it was dinner time.

I did squeeze in some good stuff, however.

Our dentist is in Collins St - a few doors up from Koko Black. I treated myself to some
of their new liquid-centred  salted caramel truffles. Chocolate perfection!

I shouted myself these gorgeous roses, just because I deserved them. ;)

On Saturday, there was no MTB ride, thanks to a howling, icy wind. Not to worry, I got on the spin bike instead. Then I decided I'd better begin to catch up on an enormous pile of washing (yes, again - it's amazing to me that we can generate so many dirty clothes) and some long-neglected housework. I know...tedious.

But by 5:00pm, it was tools down and I parked myself on the couch with my feet up for a bit before enjoying the celebratory dinner Bike Boy had cooked me. First there was some of this:

I adore Veuve - but it's a bit beyond my usual bubbly budget. Thanks to Number One Son, we'd had a bottle stashed away since Christmas. Now seemed like the perfect time to have a couple of glasses.
Then a decadently delicious favourite - Red Spice Road's pork belly with chilli caramel and apple slaw.

Party in my mouth!
The recipe is available here. It's not for beginner cooks although it isn't particularly difficult. It just takes a long time to prepare, as the pork has to be cooked for 4 hours and then chilled before getting on with the rest of the process. it's well worth the effort!

On Sunday morning, I dragged Bike Boy out to the local farmer's market. It was a perfect morning.

I forgot to take a single photo at the market. But look: here's some blue sky!
Afterwards, we stopped at a cafe for a warming beverage.

Mmm, coffee....
That was the extent of the fun stuff. The rest of Sunday was filled with work and housework and suddenly the weekend was over. Boo! Thank goodness I'll get another one in four days' time...


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