What a week….3 full days of Zoom meetings based from home, an attack of ‘abdominal migraine’ meaning pretty much a day in bed (and missing half a day of Zoom meetings), dinner out (luckily I was feeling well enough not to cancel) and … getting a delivery of bulbs as I mentioned on Saturday. Anyway, I have managed to recharge this past weekend with lots of small pleasures from reading, to cooking (this fabulous dish for Sunday dinner with left overs for Monday) to just resting…and saying hello to the ducks!
And so to the small pleasures from last week. First up, kicking autumn leaves. These are from an old oak tree in the Botanic Gardens…don’t you love the noise and feel of walking through crisp foliage?
And so to food….on Thursday we had dinner at Concord. Housed in the former Wellington iconic cafe The Lido, it is owned by a couple of well known figures on the city’s hospitality scene. There is a retro feel to some of the items on the menu, and the decor too has a touch of the 1970s and 80s about it. We both opted for the shrimp cocktail to start, which came in the elegant glass below, and was complete with avocado, crisp red onion and a perfect Marie Rose sauce. The main event was a steak sandwich, full of flavour and perfectly cooked, and served with a suitable mound of chips (fries). Great food, wine and service means I can see us returning.
Saturday morning saw me actually make perfectly shaped poached eggs, which I just put on top of buttered sourdough and sprinkled with salt and red capsicum flakes. Our afternoon treat was a raspberry friand from Arobake, who also delivered this bread early on Saturday morning (a zopf, a sourdough and a weggli toast).
In the shopping basket this week…a butternut squash for some midweek soup, another half cabbage, a leek, pears, persimmons and some oyster mushrooms which I used in a sauce with pork filet on Saturday evening.
Sunday was Mother’s Day in New Zealand. Here is a picture of my mum taken in 1989 at home in Edinburgh. It is one of my favourite pictures of her, and I think conjures up her personality pretty well.
So that is me for this week. What were your small pleasures this week? Here are some other blog posts from a few fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life. Also entered in Natalie the Explorer’s Coffee Share.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy does some gardening – and what a wonderful job too!
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard cooks some great looking pasta.
- Natalie the Explorer goes on a weekday walk.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea spots some fun signs.
- Deb’s World’s takes stock…a great post.
- Little Pieces of Me celebrates mother’s day in nature.
- Trent over at Trent’s World enjoys coffee.
- I love today’s Monday Motivation over at Popsicle Society .
- The Annoyed Thyroid makes a fabulous looking fish dish.
- Joanne over at And Anyways enjoys high tea.
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