So here I am struggling to find time to blog because my photos need sorting because there are too many on my computer, my external hard drive is too full, I am doing some recipe testing for Leigh Drew and I have already had Sylvia home sick one day this term (which started on Monday). And I just want time to listen to Jon Faine on the radio (after his 6 weeks leave) and read All the Bright Places which I am loving. But let me squeeze in some time to write about some outings and craft sessions during the holidays.
Minions movie at Melbourne Central. It was lots of fun especially if you love 1960s Britain, as well as silliness. Afterwards we went across the walkway for lunch at the Emporium. I tried Supercharger for the second time.
Though others love Supercharger (Where's the Beef, Veganopoulous, The Good Hearted) I am still not won over. I like that it is vegan and healthy. However I find the menu overwhelming, the mixture of cold and hot dishes doesn't work for me and although I sort of enjoyed my meal in the holidays it was just too spicy. I want to like it but I think I need to try other places in the food hall. At least I was so full from the huge meal that I didn't need dessert because E and Sylvia chose frozen yoghurt, which is crazy in the current chilly Melbourne winter.
The kids then had a fun time at the museum with the replica ship, playing shipwrecks which seemed to involve carrying a drowned kid to a seat and then praying over them. We also added some wishes to the wishing tree (top photo).
NAIDOC craft session at our local neighbourhood house with a bonus playtime at the next door playground afterwards. Sylvia asked if we could go back there next year.
Where's the Beef for the menu at the bottom of the post) I was there for a plate of dumplings. However I was intrigued at the fried pumpkin cakes. This sounded to me like the slices of pumpkin fried in batter that I get occasionally at a fish and chip shop. Obviously this was my Anglo Celtic brain at work!
I was quite surprised that it was actually a fried pumpkin skin around a slightly sweet red bean filling. I ate it with soy sauce but wasn't sure I should. I was assured it was vegetarian but now wonder after a friend read me the ingredients of her red bean cakes which had lard in them. If anyone knows about these pumpkin cakes, I would be interested to hear more.
Then our vegetable dumplings arrived. They were full of chopped vegies (carrot and cabbage?) and delicious. Not quite up to ShanDong MaMa standard but I would return for more. Sylvia had fun trying to work chopsticks and ate some dumpling skin. It was a lovely meal though quite heavy with all the deep fried food.
Christmas in July. We also had a painting session early in the holidays when we were fresh.
I'd like to tell you more but I am off to try and sort out my photos. Though the school holidays were busy, I really can't complain because we had lots of fun and we are lucky to live in a city that offers so much good food and great programs.
Wang Wang Dumpling
3/51 Waterfield St, Coburg
03 9354 0294