Saturday night I went to a Christmas barbecue with some friends. It was a good night with lots of tasty food and good company. I’d like to say it was unseasonably cold, but this is Canberra. It’s snowed close by on a Christmas day before. What can I say, I’m looking forward to being in Queensland for Christmas where the weather is more to my liking.
Again like Friday night I was a bit slow with my iPhone and I didn’t capture images of the nibbles. There were lots of nibbles. Lots of nuts, dips, cheese, pâté, crackers, bread, chips, and stuff. For dinner we had a barbecue with steak, hamburger patties and sausages plus potato bake, coleslaw and other salads.
Like a lot of my previous posts I’m using images from my instagram profile. You can get more information on each image by clicking on it to see comments from other IGers.
Some of my friends queried my burger contents of steak, sausage, hamburger pat tie, coleslaw and potato bake. I thought it all went well together.
For dessert we had pavlova.
I was cold
I was cold. I’m glad I brought a hoodie and was given a wrap.
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I spent most of Sunday relaxing. I did a little grocery shopping and then got into watching series two of Breaking Bad. This is a surprisingly good series. Like The Walking Dead I’m addicted.
I felt pretty full from the night before so my breakfast and lunch was an iced coffee banana smoothie.
You can tell it’s Christmas with cars wearing reindeer antlers and candy canes. I’m not a fan
I love pineapple and a pineapple smoothie was in order for afternoon tea.
I took home a left over potato bake from Saturday night so now I have potato bake for a few nights this week.
This meal was a piece of salmon, some potato bake and some salad.
On Monday morning as I was checking out my post office box the new art was standing proud, all shiny and new.
One of my work friends turned 32 on Monday.
Monday evening’s dinner was a rasher of pork, some salad and some potato bake.
I read today the new terms and conditions of use for Instagram. If Instagram wants to use my images I really don’t mind, I can’t imagine any of them are worthy. My only concern is that some of my images contain people and I may not always have permission to include them. Many IGers moved to Flickr. I received more e-mails from Flickr in the last few days than in the few years I’ve had an account. http://www.flickr.com/photos/garydlum
Tuesday night’s dinner was a piece of salmon, some salad and the last of the weekend’s potato bake. The drink is made from pineapple and mint leaves plus some lime cordial.
On Wednesday I forgot to make my lunch.
This was a smoked salmon and capers quiche from Urban Bean Espresso Bar. It was very nice. The raspberry soft drink was also pretty good too.
Jess went out for doughnuts and I said yes. I shouldn’t have. It came from Breadtop in Woden. The Breadtop franchise has grown well in Australia. See below for details.
A friendly visitor
This cute blue tongue lizard greeted me when I alighted from my car in the apartment garage.
Wednesday dinner was a pork rasher and mango salad. It was delicious.
On Thursday we had our branch Christmas morning tea.
Many sections, branches and divisions have out of office get together. When we’ve tried that in the past something has gone wrong like a health emergency necessitating staff to return to the office. It’s just part of working in an emergency management team.
These were amazing. Cylinders of crunchy nutty brownie goodness topped with a chocolate ganache with a white chocolate tipped strawberry which is sitting in a white chocolate disc for stability. The person who made these has made some great strawberry based treats in the past, especially her chocolate drizzled strawberry and marshmallow kebabs. I think nearly everyone in the branch has a cooking or food bent. It’s amazing.
Everyone in the branch received an end of the year award.
I think everyone knows I love capturing images of food and then posting them to Instagram.
At lunch the other SES (Senior Executive Service) staff from the division went to lunch. We went to The Palette which is in the Beaver Galleries.
I’m sorry this is so blurry. I was so excited to be having crumbed lamb brains with a capers and vinegar side. The piquancy of the capers and vinegar offset the fattiness of the brains perfectly. The brains were lightly crumbed and not overcooked. Kept into small portions like these, the taste is delicious and not overpowering. Lambs brains brings back great childhood memories of Mum cooking crumbed lambs brains with a white sauce with onion and parsley.
The Beaver Galleries are a landmark of Canberra art and culture. I’ve been there a couple of times now. The gallery is full of exquisite pieces. That said, the prices are very high.
One of my favourite food bloggers is Hannah of Wayfaring Chocolate fame. Earlier this year she did a review of sweet selection at The Palette
The trifecta for Thursday was Christmas dinner with dear friends.
We started with freshly cooked prawns. These were cooked in sea water, yes sea water that had been specially collected.
The main was a roast pork and vegetables. The crackling was sublime.
The peas were home grown in the garden along with the snow peas.
For dessert we devoured a violet crumble semifreddo.
While Friday was not the last day of work for 2012, it had a very holiday feel. Ursula, our branch executive assistant gave me a toy car filled with lollies for Christmas.
I played vroom vroom throughout the day.
I moved offices as part of my new role. In my old office I had a big pin board on which I could hang my favourite flags. The top one is Queensland’s flag. A quick search of this blog will reveal how I feel about being a Queenslander and Queensland.
The bottom flag belongs to the Northern Territory of Australia. Brisbane may be my home town and I am a passionate Queenslander, however, Darwin is my spiritual home, it’s where my soul lives. For that reason the flag has always been hung upside down in my office. An upside down flag is a maritime distress signal. I want to return home. I expect Australian readers to recognise it’s upside down, for my non-Australian readers, the stars represent the Southern Cross and it is upside down.
We’d heard some weeks ago about the Snag Stand. A new franchise from Sydney and Melbourne had opened two outlets in Canberra, one very close to where we work.
They cook and assemble onsite. It’s a pretty busy place.
The menu for the Sydney outlets is here and for the Melbourne outlets here. They don’t have the Canberra ones posted. I assume they are similar.
We brought our food back to work.
I chose a Swiss Bratwurst. It was topped with a really yummy Sauerkraut
It was excellent. Not too big and not too salty.
Last night I needed something light.
Organic free range chicken drumstick and salad.
This morning on my walk I tried the new Instagram Mayfair filter when saying hello to the Owl Statue.
I hope at the end of next week to write a short piece about 2012. It won’t be much. Hopefully I’ll be enjoying myself in Brisbane where it will be warm and moist.
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The Snag Stand
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