Over the long weekend, C and I decided to take a drive out to the small country town of Narbethong. We had packed a portable gas stove along with instant noodles in the hopes of finding a secluded area in the bush to have lunch - unfortunately our plans were thwarted by a phone call from his dad reminding him that he had to help with his sister’s moving out! So it was back to the city we went… with a pit stop at McDonald’s along the way ;)

A few shots from our short adventure:

I’m a city girl at heart, but there’s something I love about venturing out into the countryside. Being surrounded by high and mighty gum trees that stretch out towards the heavens, passing through small towns and reading up on their histories, marveling at the blackened trunks of trees that were affected by bush fires and wondering what it would have been like to be caught in one… there’s always so much to see and learn, feeding the insatiable appetite of my inquisitive mind. I’m already looking forward to our next adventure!

Food glorious food!

1 - Gastronomic delights at Chin Chin

2 - Caramelised sticky pork with sour herb salad & chilli vinegar

3 - Crispy barramundi & green apple salad with caramelised pork

4 - Palm sugar ice cream with salted honeycomb & lime syrup

How did I spend the last remaining hours of 2011? With lots of food (of course!).

Happy 2012!!!

A final set of photos from my Christmas feast-ivities, this time on Boxing Day at C’s uncle’s place in the charming country town of Drouin. There was an addition to the typical Christmas lunch in the form of a seriously huge fresh prawn platter… which of course I shamelessly attacked ;)

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was spent with C’s family in the countryside, with his sister playing hostess this year. It was a beautiful house with rolling paddocks and enough animals to reenact Noah’s Ark (dogs, ducks, chickens, goats, donkeys, cows, fish and horses!).

Food was aplenty - in true Aussie fare, barbecued meat was served up with Christmas ham, three different kinds of salads and homemade bread. The dessert spread was an assortment of trifle (my fave!), homemade cupcakes, chocolate mousse pavlova, ice cream, custard, Christmas pudding, fruit salad, fresh cherries and grapes, and lemon and caramel slices. In other words, it was an absolute feast-gasm!

And to think about doing this all over again tomorrow? Crazy!

Introducing the cutest puppy in the world - Cooper! That 4 month old face melts my heart like butter.