If you ask my family what I always wanted for Christmas and birthdays when I was a kid, they’ll answer in unison: a powerful telescope, a metal detector and a Stable Table. Â Well, they ended up buying me one of those three. Â In my thirties. Â Folks, let me tell you I’m still not doing any stargazing or living out my Indiana Jones fantasies (digging up artefacts, people!). Â But I am enjoying tv dinners in stable table style.
A few weekends ago, we had a family lunch at my uncle’s house which is about an hour’s drive out of Melbourne. Â Such a beautiful place that backs out on to the State Forest. Â Check out their view. Ahhh, Australia!
My uncle got the fires going:
Being the only vegan in the village, and my sister now being vegetarian, we took our own food. Â I made two firm tofu recipes from Dreena Burton’s Let Them Eat Vegan: the Cumin Lime Tofu and the Orange Sesame Tofu. Â Delicious! Â These were cooked up on a flat plate with some zucchini and mushrooms:
We ate our lunch on one of the many picnic tables my aunt set up:
I also took a cake along. Â I made Dreena’s Coconut Cake with the Coconut Dream Frosting. Â Which wasn’t coconut-dreamy Â at all, as I didn’t realise I had zero coconut essence. Â And I also dropped in too much almond essence. Â So it ended up being coconut cake with more of an almond dream frosting. Â Regardless it was still yum and fortunately the people who tried it love marzipan so they said the almond frosting was great:
My brother in law recently bought a metal detector and brought it along. Â I was so excited because I am a massive dork that way. Â There was a dry creek bed near my uncle’s house, which may have seen some action in the gold rush days. Â We started digging when the detector went all beep beep woowooowoooo. Â We spent half an hour digging and sifting through small piles of dirt only to come up with absolute crap. Â But we did find this, which was kinda fun:
And this was the walk back to the house:
I’m definitely a city girl but I can’t deny that being out there in these surroundings really does good things to one’s spirit Â 🙂