Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Last night we took the children to an Island night. The Crown Resort was recommended. Their nights are Monday and Thursday.
It is $45 per adult, $30 per child an excellent buffet and the show about 1 hour long of great fun.
We have been to quite a few of these nights over the years in many countries and this rates right at the top.
A mixed group from 3 years up. Some very attractive people. Boy can they move those hips. Makes us 'Palangi' look pretty stupid.
Of course The obligatory 'Assume The Position' was taken first at home then at the restaurant.
You might notice a missing person...suffering from 'The Cold' and possibly, an aversion to Island night
Below on left; Baby Octopus in Coconut Cream and right; Creamed Rukau, the local Taro leaves. Delicious.
Below; Salad Bar
And then the Performance started. Our little girls loved it.
If you hold you drink to your mouth they don't ask you to come on the stage, in case you wondered how to avoid being invited.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Chris and Katie went walking and foraging. Bringing back a lovely bunch of coconuts.
Chris our own personal action man, knows how to work it, thank god, The Old Sofas didn't seem to have a clue.
We have eaten a lot of Ika Mata on the Island over the years but I have to say Chris' version takes a lot of beating.
(Challenge out to Dan, who also makes a mean one.)
The tuna up here is amazing. It looks like a jewel.
Then you marinate the fish in citrus of choice, Lime or lemon.
Leave for about an hour.
While that is happening, whip up some pizza dough
and chop the vege
Cucumber, tomato, garlic chives or spring onion, chili (managed to source some little birdseye from Blackrock Villas) coriander, and the piece de resistance...Papaya.
Drain the excess juice off the fish and add to the vege.
(Meanwhile cook the garlic pizza bread)
Add just enough coconut milk to moisten, wet enough for juice to dip the garlic bread in
Serve on a bed of the freshest, just picked greens from the local shop.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Oh no! Has to be an alcohol free day. The face that stared back at me, from the mirror this morning, was screaming “Cool it Girl”.
And I wasn’t the only one. The night before, with the killer Martinis was too much for us all.
The weather still a bit intermittent, which is a bit of pain. Ms Lana, like a Jack in Box, in, out, in out.
The jigsaw is keeping some souls busy,
The iPad providing games and TV programmes…I am watching “Nurse Jackie”, Fantastic…books… all going down well.
I’m only on book one, Solitaire, Flight Control and Scrabble taking over. This is unheard of for me. Normally I would be on Book 3 at least. So electronic toys are taking over my life
Pre lunch cocktails today Virgin Marys, very nice too.
Excellent lunch again today, Ms Mary’s stuffed eggs, sausages, fresh wholemeal bread, same as yesterday
It’s a books on the couch afternoon, then an outing for Team Raro,
Went to TAV shop, Mr Heinz very disappointed… Over priced…Over Us…appalling.
Booked Waterline for Wednesday with the Tipitinas.
It is 5.30pm.
Well, we have decided… we are not so much fun sober, 10.30pm would have made up the 24 hours alcohol free time, but it was a bit much for Team Raro.
So, maybe 16 hours, instead of 24 or more alcohol free hours, is enough?
As John McCready said aptly, it is 10.30 pm somewhere in the world. So, on that note, Ms Lana made cocktails.
BUT we did resist wine with the meal. Note the absence of wine glasses on the table
And an excellent meal it was too. Roast Pork and vege, Great Crackling.
My word, why would you go out to eat. Stunning here.
Watched Avatar or at least 4 of us did, Moi was asleep, very comfortably in a chair.
No pictures, as it is not always a good look.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I forgot to mention, that we lost a bottle of Vodka from the back of the Car on arrival at the house which of course was a great worry to us all.
As you can see the boot was rather full
The next day bottles of beer rolled out from the boot.
Quote from Ms Mary
“Everytime I hear broken glass, I think F**k, more lost alcohol.”
I think this has to be the quote of the week so far.
Quiet morning – Sun Bunnies Ms L and Mr D out in it earlier then Mr H doing the jigsaw in between reading 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'.
Me playing Scrabble on the iPad (out of picture).Ms Mary and Mr H reading,
Lunch became quite a grand affair. I made Wholemeal bread
Ms Lana in the kitchen making the beautiful salad.
We have discovered wonderful Market Gardens here, with lots of fresh parsley, lettuce, tomatoes, basil coriander, cucumber. Haven’t found any of the hard herbs, rosemary, thyme etc but will check when we eat at the Italian restaurant, Stephanos They are Italian, so should be knowledgeable.
We barbequed some sausages and it was all washed down with some very nice Chilean Rose we have discovered here.
Don’t like their Sauv Blanc but the Pinot Noir is very good.
Dale had left his guitar at the airport on arrival day…as it was special baggage, it took ages to come out so he came through the gate and then tried to get back in, they don't like that, so left it there, for pick up at a later date.
Mary, meanwhile, had left her prescription glasses on the plane, so as it was Monday... they made a special trip to the airport, dropping me off at the Internet Café.
The Sun Seekers donned their Over Active Garb and went walking.
The Internet café was frustrating (our broadband wasn’t on at the house yet)…very slow. BUT Ms Mary and Dale had lots of luck with their mission and retrieved their goods.
The lovely Tim and Tina, now know to Team Raro, as The Tipitinas arrived to have dinner… bringing with them some beautiful Sashimi grade Tuna. This fish is fabulous and so cheap here.
We provided Roast Lamb Bums, Gratin Dauphinois and a cabbage salad. The Cabbages here are also wonderful, so fresh and crisp. Right from someone’s garden.
More wine Vicar?
It soon developed, after a couple of Ms Lana’s spectacular Martinis, into a near riot
First Mr H charmed us all with the mouth organ
Then he entertained us with his excellent rendition of "Swing Low Sweet Chariots".
Karaoke for the Deaf!!!
Please singalong 4:4 Time
And a 1,2,3,4...
"I Looked Over Jordan
And what did I see?
Coming For to Carry Me home"
Girls really impressed
Thank you Mr Heinz
Saw Tim and Tina off on their bike. As it is pitch black and the only illumination the Bike lamp…I think it was an interesting ride down our drive, in fact the bike did fall over, as witnessed by Mr Heinz… who was farewelling them at the time.
Arrived home safely though, we got the phone call to let us know.
We then watched The Rod Stewart Concert. “A F***ing Pansy” apparently, (according to Mr H) but the girls do love him. Mr Dale assumed his normal position… in bed.
More interesting Quotes from Mr H
“I want to say this about that!”
He described himself as “a Humble Host”.