This week’s small pleasures #230

Yesterday, Sunday, was Anzac Day, the day on which New Zealand and Australia remember all those who killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. The date itself (25th April) marks the anniversary of the landing of the Anzacs, New Zealand and Australian soldiers, on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. Last year, due to lockdown, there were no dawn services, but this year these were able to take place all around the country and over the Tasman. Today, Monday, is a public holiday, which of course is a small pleasure in itself.

It was such a beautiful day on Saturday, so what with that combined with a bus strike, I walked all the way to Squirrel café, enjoying the view walking along the waterfront. I spotted a shag sitting next to Len Lye’s Water Whirler (see the featured image at the top of the post and look carefully). After tea and toast, I set of for my usual morning Pilates class – another small pleasure in itself.

And so to food….there was fish and chips in a local pub on Thursday evening, lamb and feta meatballs for Sunday dinner, the joy of cabbage, so beautiful to look at and so good to eat. Shiitake mushrooms, also beautiful to look at and stirred through pasta for an easy Monday dinner, and the best chicken sandwich ever for Monday lunch at Squirrel (twice in one week!). I also got a copy of Sophie Hansen’s latest book In Good Company, which looks full of lots of delicious things to cook and eat.

Sunday was another lovely sunny day so we took advantage of the weather and went for a walk in Zealandia, the eco sanctuary just 5 minutes drive from where we live. We got really close to two very curious New Zealand robins, said hello to some tuatara and watched the kaka feeding.

That is all from me this Monday. What were your small pleasures this week?

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  1. Yumm, I have been thinking about fish and chips recently and the one here has made me remeber it again. Can I ask what are some of the dishes you use cabbage for? Takes me ages to get through even 1/4 of one because I don’t know what to do with it.

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    1. Sometimes I just steam it and add butter, or you can also roast it in the same way as kale, and then top with some parmesan. Or if the cabbage has big leaves you can make stuffed cabbage leaves (popular in Sweden, Poland, Finland). Or make a coleslaw.

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  2. Thanks for the mention! Great looking food as always, but the photo that really caught my attention was the last one, with the evergreens standing tall against the bright blue sky. Put me in mind of Maine.

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