This must be the most different Australia day we have ever celebrated ! Here I am, all dressed up to brave the cold to go shopping for groceries so we could make our contribution to the Pot Luck we had been invited to in order to celebrate Dennis’ birthday. So out into minus 31 I went! Much shopping and chopping later and Simon and I had made a delicious salad “Mixed Raw Vegetable and Cashews in Soy and Ginger Dressing” from the gorgeous cookery book “A Love For Food – Daylesford” which was awaiting for me upon my return from Prague – thank you Edwina!
Our salad complimented the other dishes of chilli, baked chicken and broccoli, roasted veggies and a raw minestrone soup! Followed by cheesecake with cherries, peanut butter slice and carrot and black forest cakes for pudding.
No barbecue, no pavlova and no lamingtons in sight. Thinking about it now, perhaps we should have made a pavlova – oh well! And no walk up to the lookout in the morning, listening to the Gosford Brass band playing as we walk back down the hill to one of our favourite places in the world, Pearl Beach, no walk along the beach with Rusty and Nala romping in the waves, no swimming, no tennis on the tv and no Advance Australia fair! Instead we were sitting inside, Aussie flags draped in as many places as we could hang them, eating lunch as we watched the snow falling! But we were enjoying good food and good company which seems to me to be the essence of Australia day, even in Canada!