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    Sunday, November 11, 2007

    Dale and Gilli’s Fab and Gay Adventure

    Day 1
    First stop afternoon tea with Max, en route to our dear friend Debbie’s
    Max is the father of Stu who came for dinner last week. He lives in a lovely little house in Hamilton our first port of call
    After a very pleasant stay including coffee, biscuits and red wine
    We farewelled Max
    and took off to our next digs where the host for the night is Debbie

    Debbie is a wonderful cook and I knew we were in for treats.
    First some beautiful Fresh Asparagus with Crisp proscuitto and Hollandaise.
    Mussel Fritters 12 cooked mussels finely chopped
    2 cups grated courgettes½ teaspoon salt
    2 eggs lightly beaten
    2 spring onions finely chopped
    ¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley
    1 clove garlic peeled and crushed
    2 tablespoons flour
    Freshly ground black pepper
    2 tbs each vegetable oil and butter

    Combine courgettes with salt in a colander, leaved to drain 20 minutes
    Then squeeze as dry as possible
    Toss mussels, courgettes, spring onions, parsley and garlic with the flour and add beaten eggs

    Heat oil and butter over med heat and cook fritters in batches.

    Served with an simple Avocado and Tomato Salsa mixed with Wasabi.Excellent and then
    Salmon Orzo and Spinach Stew.

    4 cups fish or chicken stock
    2 cups cold water
    1 ¼ cups orzo
    400 gms smoked salmon broken into small pieces
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    150 gms baby spinach leaves rinsed and coarsely chopped

    Bring stock to the boil in a large saucepan
    Poour in orzo and cook for 5 minutes
    The orzo will swell
    Add salmon and simmer for 5-8 minutes until the pasta has thickened
    Just like a pilaf or jambalaya
    Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Add spinach to just wilt and serve.

    Unfortunately I didn’t get around to “imaging” the food. I think the wine took over!!!

    We are in the country you know.
    Lovely spring night the neighbours playing tennis
    There are animals
    And the beautiful young dog Rocky
    I would award this establishment
    Great food, great wine, good bed, Superb company

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