Monday, 19 November 2018

The Bird Cafe, Mt Hotham

On our recent trip to Mt Hotham, I found myself and a work colleague needing to get inside from the cold.  We decided to go to the Bird Cafe which had some views of the skiing.  It was here I tasted my first poutine, sharing it with my foodie colleague to warm us up.  It was so good I decided to return the next day so I could blog it.

The Bird looks out over the Mt Hotham Central Lodge, one of the busiest areas of the mountain.  It is a great place to watch people skiing by, to check out people's snow fashions (ie how they can look stylish in michelin man outfits) and marvel at the little kiddies on skis.

Inside The Bird has a sort of Nordic cosy charm.  By which I mean, you can be in country Victoria and imagine you are in a Swiss chalet.  Lots of pine panelling and pine furniture.  However around the time we were there, they held a beach party so perhaps that was a nod to being in Australia.  The bar was really busy but it was a nice place to wait to place your order.

To complete the Nordic theme there is a large stone fireplace.  Getting a seat in front of it was hard but I can imagine it would be lovely to sit in front of it all day with a good book and mulled wine while the snow and wind howled outside.

As I have mentioned snow fashions are different from those in the city.  People have large thick warm coats, and at times they are dripping with water.  I really loved all the coat hooks above where people can hang up their warm outer snow gear.  Then they would sit inside with waterproof snow pants held up by braces and snow suits peeled back on top.

We tried to avoid eating out too much on Mt Hotham but I thought the Bird was more reasonably priced than some places in the Lodge.  When I came by the second day I was told there was a 25 minute wait for my order.  It was slightly longer.  It would have been quicker and cheaper if I had chosen the soup or the "sorry rolls" in the bain marie (sausage rolls with lots of variations - when I was there the feta and spinach roll looked excellent).

At $12 the poutine wasn't too pricey but the vegie burger was $17 and the warm roast veg salad was $15.  Not cheap but not much different to inner city prices.   

I started with a hot chocolate from the bar.  Luckily I had a seat at the window where I could watch the people going by.  I had my trail maps to plan where to go snow shoeing in the afternoon.  And I had time to read my book - Circe by Madeline Miller.  As an aside, the is an amazing book, telling the stories of Greek mythology from a woman's perspective with great warmth  and courage.

By the time my poutine came I was in a bit of a hurry because I was late to meet up with my group to touch base.  So I was pretty excited to get the chips covered with cheese curds and gravy.  I probably ate them too quickly given how hot they were but I enjoyed them.

I usually like my chips plain without sauce.  Yet, the poutine was so pleasing.   The soft curds and salty gravy went surprisingly well with the chips.  I loved hoisting the chips up with fork and watching the cheese strings stretching far and then dangling as they finally broke.  The poutine really warmed me up on the first day when it was so cold, and sustained me on the second day when I did quite a lot of walking. 

If I had had more time I would have returned to the Bird.  It was a nice mountain cafe with a good ambience and good food.  In the above photo you can see that there are lots of outside seats with great views of the snowy mountains.  I wonder what it is like in summer when the snow has all gone and the weather is much warmer.

The Bird
40 Great Alpine Rd, Hotham Heights VIC 3741
(03) 5759 3503
Open 7 days a week 7.30am - 6.30am

The Bird Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Mount Hotham - a snowy work weekend

A couple of months ago at the start of September, I went to Mount Hotham with my work group for a weekend away.  For those not living in these parts, people in Melbourne go "to the snow" because the snow never comes to us.  We were very lucky to get a snowy weekend of skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing as well as lots of great food and fun.

The weekend away is a group tradition at my workplace.  Everyone goes away together to relax and bond.  This year we had the perfect organisational team.  Being in a multicultural team, we brought the best of our countries: German efficiency and Scottish frugality in organising cheap accommodation for a big group ($120 for three nights at a big house in Harrietville at the bottom of the mountain) and generous discounts on car hire, equipment hire, skiing and snowboard lessons, and lift passes.  We had Iranian generosity in food organisation aided by the quiet but hard work of the Chinese.  It was amazing to see how well over 20 people were organised to drive there, get our gear, get to lessons, keep well fed and keep in touch when we did our own thing.

The first day involved everyone getting their bags together, hiring cars, making sure everyone was in them and over 4 hours of driving.  It was well planned that we went out for dinner.  Bright Brewery on the Alpine Highway is a short drive from our accommodation and did pretty decent pub grub.

I had the vegetarian vegie burger - on the current website it is a "quinoa veggie burger with sundried tomato and macadamia nut pesto, mushroom, rocket, beetroot and hummus dip served with fries".  I think mine was pretty similar.  I also had some mulled cider with it.  That is my sort of drink when it is cold outside.  Unfortunately it was not included in the deal where you got a free beer with a burger or pizza.

Our food organisers brought a lot of food.  However, we were a hungry lot, given that people were pretty active in the snow and it was cold outside.  Here is breakfast on the first day.  Lots of bread, cereal, yoghurt, spreads and my favourite was the large fluffy pancakes that one of the group made each morning (thanks CR).

We left early and drove up to Mount Hotham.  As we drove we had moody foggy views of snow that gradually got deeper and deeper.  First stop was to get all the gear sorted at the ski hire shop.  This weekend was quite an eye opener to me.  While I have been to the snow a few times, I have never skiied before and had not seen how much special waterproof clothing was worn, how much gear was needed with skis and snowboards, and how much those ski boots seemed to hurt.  It was like walking into a different world to any I'd ever known.

Everything was different, even the buses with their special ski holders on the outside.  I had decided not to go skiing.  However I was glad I had been advised to hire snow boots because it was so cold and wet that street shoes would have struggled and I would have slipped over a lot more than I did (it was very embarrassing slipping over outside the door of the ski hire shop on the second morning).

Our first day was bitterly cold and grey (see the picture of the ski lifts above).  I had planned to stand and watch the skiing but it was so windy and foggy with just some small pin pricks of snow that were most unpleasant on my face.  It made me wish for those face scarves (one of the items of clothing seen at the snow that would never been seen in Melbourne - watching the snow fashions was quite fun).  I was glad I had brought along some warm layers of clothes.  I wore a cotton long sleeved top, a fleece, a down jacket and my trusty goretek jacket that I have had for over 20 years.  I had borrowed good snow mittens from my sister-in-law and did not need a scarf. 

I had hoped to watch some skiing.  We watched a lot of our group who did skiing or snowboarding lessons.  The more experienced skiiers and snowboarders went off far far away on the mountains.

Another of our group also was not skiing or snowboarding so we went to The Bird for a drink.  Here is a photo of Mount Hotham Central from the cafe.  I'll write about the cafe in another post.  Mt Hotham Central was the place for lessons, information, pubs and cafes and lockers.

We had plenty of food for making lunch - sandwiches, apples, energy mixes, chocolate bars, chips etc - back at our accommodation.  So each day we met for a quick catch up and lunch at the table and chairs and Mt Hotham Central. 

As well as watching skiing lessons and sitting in cafes, we wandered around Hotham Central and watched the skiiers.  It was very cute to see the tiny kids clad in their bulky ski suits and getting around on skis very naturally.  But when you checked the shopping, it was quite gobsmacking how expensive that place is.

In the afternoon I spent some time reading my book, a rare afternoon treat.  I was glad not to have the logistical challenge of carrying around skis and walking in ski boots.  That bit did not look fun, even if it looked amazing to be whizzing down the mountains.  There were lots of places to park your skis and snowboards outside Hotham Central.

Some people just stuck their skis in the snow in what looked like a random place.  We met up in the snow hire shop to return gear at the end of the day to avoid having to take it down the mountain.  When we got back to our accommodation, there were some very tired and sore people coming home and lots of hunger. 

We had a BBQ that night with lots of salads, as well as a great cheese platter.  It was great to sit and chat to everyone about how they fared during the day.  I had chatted to a few people at work about making my overnight sourdough bread while we were away.  It all started off well, I had worked out the measurements, taken my tins and sourdough, checked the oven was heating up and put together the dough to rise in the morning.  But in the evenings I found that the oven only started heating but never got really hot.  ARGH!  I tried frying my dough but it didn't really work.  Too doughy.  I could have made flatbreads but they are best fresh and I wanted the bread for the next day.  At least we had plenty of other food.  And my other contribution of coleslaw was far better than my failed bread.

The next day less of us set out for Mt Hotham.  A few went sightseeing around Bright and relaxed in the house.  Unlike the previous day, we were stopped midway up the mountain and asked to put chains on.  It looked like hard work.  The Germans were amused at those of us who took photos because it was unusual but they told their families back home about it because it seemed odd to them that there would be enough snow in Australia to warrant it.  I have never seen cars with chains on before, so I was fascinated.

Soon after we stopped for chains, it got much icier and snowier.  Again it was spectacular driving up the mountain. Apparently we were lucky to get so much snow.  The skiiers were delighted and those who had had lessons were off to "Big D", while the more experienced were over at "The Orchard".  I had decided I needed to get out more into the snow. 

I didn't want the palaver of skiing so I decided to hire show shoes.  I don't think this is a common thing to do because in my day of going around with snow shoes I did not see anyone else with them.  To be honest, I was quite unsure of myself.  But I spoke to people at information and the hire shop and worked out that Wonderland Trail was a nice easy walk to start with.  I took the bus there and was shocked at how desserted it was when I alighted.

After the frenetic pace of Hotham Central, I was surprised just how quiet it was on the cross country trails.  I found it really peaceful and beautiful.  I hadn't been sure how I would work out where to go, but there were lots of markers to keep me on track.  Once I got the hang of my snow shoes it was a really nice way to get about, and they made a very satisfying crunch on the snow.

While walking in this very quiet area, I stopped and asked one of the few people I saw to take a photo.  I got talking about being with my work group and was astounded to find that the guy knows my boss.  (Even more startling was that I told a family friend this story soon after and with the few details I told him in the story, I found that he knows my boss too.)  When I went back to Hotham Central at lunchtime to meet up with colleagues, I told my boss he is so famous that even in the quietest areas of the mountain, he is known!

The Wonderland trail was really easy.  I decided to go to one of the lookouts and chose the Christmas lookout.  Even though it was on one of the harder trails, it was fairly short.  I really enjoyed being able to see Hotham Central from the lookout.  All that activity reduced to a tiny mountain top.

And because Sylvia didn't come with me, I made a little snowman to photograph and send back to her.  He was very small and pretty cute but I wanted to make sure I got the bus back to our meeting point in time to get back to our accommodation so I didn't hang around long.  It was a far nicer day with lots of blue skies and sunshine on the second day and with all my walking, I found all my layers of clothes began to be stripped off.  I was glad of our little snacks and my water bottle in my rucksack.  We were all glad to get back on the second day.  There were more sore muscles and one colleague had had a bad fall off her snowboard but luckily was much better after a good sleep.

When we got back that evening, there was already a lot of preparation for dinner.  We had been asked to make something from our own country.  We walked in to find some of my Chinese colleagues frying dumplings and they were so delicious and welcome after an active day.  A cheese platter was also set up.

Here is the dinner table which was pretty crowded with delicious dishes.  I am sorry not to remember them all but there was Chinese fried tofu, a tomato egg dish, braised greens (sadly the pulled noodles meal was meat so I didn't get to taste but I did get to watch some noodle pulling), Iranian rice with crispy bits, German potato salad and more salads and stews.

Dessert was a boozy affair.  It was such a treat to have mulled wine from Germany and a Scottish cranachan that was very generous with the whisky.  I made some hedgehog as my Aussie contribution.  I am sure I have forgotten some dishes but I didn't take many notes!  We were all well sated and then got into teams for The Quiz that is an annual feature of these weekends away.  My boss organised the quiz and boy did he find some tough questions!  But it was lots of fun.

It was a really nice weekend and so well organised that we thanked the organisers for also making sure there was lots of snow.  I really loved going away and having so little to think about with logistics and food.  You can see I have some amazing colleagues and I really appreciated all their work that went into the weekend and that they are a lovely bunch of people to spend time with. (Having said that, I was really pleased to be home to my own space as we were living in close quarters.)  It was also a great opportunity to have a little experience of snow culture and found it fascinating.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Chocolate dipped honeycomb and random moments

The Melbourne Cup holiday this year was a wet affair.  I had slept in because I was so tired and had no energy to get out of the house.  No fascinators and champagne for me.  Instead we sat home watching telly and making chocolate dipped honeycomb as the rain bucketed down outside.

There is something wonderful about spring rain.  (Just listen to the Go Betweens.)  Heavy rains are far more pleasing when the volume of water is so impressive.  Rain pools in every crevice and creates rivulets down windows.  I have happy memories of walking home as a student and being so soaked that there was no point in a brolly.  These days at the end of a dry winter, it is a relief to see a decent rainfall.

Unfortunately it is not great to look at the weather pages online and see the humidity is 85% when making honeycomb.  I found this when I looked at my last attempt to make honeycomb.  Humidity is the enemy when it comes to honeycomb.  Dry conditions means smooth, crisp, shatter.  Moisture means a sticky mess that melts in your hand not in your mouth.

The difference between this time and last, other than that last time I was cooking with a friend in his last days in Melbourne, is that I had a candy thermometer this time and was able to be more accurate about when to remove it from the heat.  This recipe also had liquid glucose unlike last time.  And once I looked at recipe again I am unsure if I added water!

I partly made the honeycomb to use up the liquid glucose, partly to entertain Sylvia, and partly because our Australian version, Violet Crumble is a sentimental favourite.  My dad loved it and we gave it to him for many Christmases as a kid.  I would have loved it even more as a kid if I had had the fun of watching it puff up when the bicarb hit the sugary mixture.  (Though I was a little confused about what it meant by letting the bubbles subside.)

Once the mixture transformed into a hot bubble of honeycomb it seemed a long time to let it cool.  We sat about realising we had forgotten about watching the Melbourne Cup race, took photos of our cat (it is so hard to get a good photo of Shadow because he is black), and tidied and mozied about.

When we cut the honeycomb it shattered nicely but had a few chewy bits.  We melted chocolate and dipped the honeycomb quite easily.  The challenge is to avoid bloom.  The first lot of melted chocolate seemed to set quicker than the second but the first had some bloom marks.  Despite that it tasted fantastic. 

I like the suggestion in Coles Magazine, where we found the recipe, that it would make a great gift but we just snacked on it.  It was perhaps too sticky to keep very long.  I suspect this might be a good gift if made in the cooler climate of the Northern Hemisphere or shortly before giving in Australia's warm climate.

Lastly I want to share a few random moments:

  • When I left the UK in 2002, I had thought I had closed my account with Lloyds Bank.  But they kept sending letters to my parents' address.  After receiving a new Lloyds visa card recently I sent a complaint.  The bank rang to let me know that my account was never closed because 10p of interest had been added after I "closed" my account and they apologised.  What a waste of resources for 10p.  Incidentally I have had to query a disputed transaction on a visa card and spoke to a very nice person then too.  Are bank's service improving or just when they need to apologise!
  • I was sent a parking fine but when I checked the location, I found that it was a street I have never heard of.  Luckily I had a receipt for a payment I made in another part of the city to prove I was not there.  I have appealed and am waiting to hear back.
  • There was the very sad story last week about a car bursting into flames and the driving lunging at people with a knife in Burke Street in Melbourne's CBD.  It was tragic that he killed Sisto Malaspino of Pelligrinis cafe.  A more heartening story was "Trolley Man", a homeless man who has been hailed a hero for pushing a shopping trolley at the killer.  I know it is not always the ideal response but I still would like everyone to have a Trolley Man as a modern day guardian angel at their back.
  • My boss spoke at a conference recently and as he went in to speak, the organisers played the music of Star Wars.  One of my colleagues wanted to check they didn't play the Darth Vader theme!
  • I spoke to an undergrad maths student who told me he did a maths exercise that took 58 pages to work through.  Now that is a maths problem!
  • I recently finished Claire Tomalin's fantastic memoir, a Life of My Own.  I continue to marvel at her literary life.  However the comment she made that keeps coming back to me is that she thought she was making decisions about her life but when she looks back she finds she was just a product of her time.  I keep reflecting on decisions I make and wondering how much agency I have.  Goodness that takes me back to studying Tess of the D'Urbervilles in Year 12 and discussing determinism vs free will.

More chocolate treats that make good gifts on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Chocolate nutella caramel cups (gf) 
Chocolates with peppermint filling (gf, v)
Chocolate salami (gf, v)  
Rocky road (gf, v)
Vegan bacon and seed chocolate bark (gf, v)
Vegemite fudge 2.0  

Chocolate dipped honeycomb
Slightly adapted from Coles Magazine, November 2018

1 1/4 cups castor sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup golden syrup
1/4 cup glucose syrup
2 1/2 bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
250g dark chocolate

Line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.

Stir sugar, water, golden syrup and glucose syrup over low heat in a large saucepan for 5 minutes or until sugar is melted.  (I think this took a lot longer than 5 minutes.)  Turn up heat and bring to the boil.  Cook without stirring 10 minutes or until temperature reaches 145 C (this was a lot less than 10 minutes for us) or hard crack stage (ie drop lump in cold water to see if it is hard). 

Let bubbles subside (I still don't understand this but am adding it - we let it sit a minute or so).  Sift bicarb soda over the mixture.  Gently but quickly mix bicarb into the mixture and scrape into prepared tin.  Let this cool - it will be a couple of hours.

Once honeycomb mixture is cool, chop into chunks.  Melt dark chocolate (we do this in the microwave, making sure there are a few lumps at the end to be stirred in so we don't overheat it).  Dip honeycomb into the chocolate and leave on baking paper to set.

On the Stereo:
Northern Attitude: The Fall

Friday, 9 November 2018

Halloween toilet paper roll and hot glue gun candles

Sylvia and I decided to make candles over Halloween.  I took some photos as we went along and want to share them.  We got the idea for the candles from Make Life Lovely who have lots of great Halloween crafts.

I bought a hot glue gun a few years ago and this has to be the most I have used it.  To start the candles we did lots of drips of hot glue gun glue down toilet paper rolls.  This took some time (days) because we needed to take time to let one lot of drips dry before starting on another set of drips.  We also went through a few packets of hot glue gun sticks and had to go and buy more sticks a couple of times.

Finally we felt we had dripped enough glue.  As we don't use the hot glue gun, it was a good opportunity for me and Sylvia to get more used to the hot glue gun.  One of the challenges was trying not to have wispy bits floating about.  I found it best to glue from the top and when finished to bring the nozzle up and over the candle so if there were wispy bits they would not go any which way but would fall back into the drip.  I also found it hard to get a long even line of glue but I think this was ok for the candles.  Wax isn't that neat!  You might also notice above the old glue and new glue seemed lightly different coloured, which surprised me.  Also we did this with old newspapers below in case there were drips on the table.

Before we began painting I wanted to find a candelabra.  In my student days I loved buying old candelabra cheaply from op shops.  They were great for student parties and dinners.  These days they are mostly up high gathering dust.  I had a look at what I had to find one that suited the purpose. 

One candelabra had a candleholder with a large square shape at the top, another had no rim under the candleholder but the one in the photo above was perfect because it had a small round candleholder to slip the toilet roll over and a rim under it for the toilet roll to stand on.  It is my most gothic candelabra and suited the purpose wonderfully, even with a fifth arm missing.  (It is so long since I bought it I can't remember if it was never there when I bought it or fell off at some stage.)

Then we painted the candles black.  We used kitchen towel to clean off some of the black paint from the glue before the paint dried.  Once it was dry, we painted the glue white with a sponge to make the drippy "wax" stand out.  It looked quite impressive.

The most difficult part was getting the LED plastic candles in (real flames would be a OHS nightmare).  On Make Life Lovely, she glued some material inside the rolls to hold the candles but our plastic candles only just fitted in the toilet rolls from the bottom but not from the top where bits of glue made the opening tighter.  Apart from the tiny candles, we turned on candles before shoving then up the toilet rolls, or used a long stick like a pencil to turn on and off the ones that stuck in the top well.  Sadly it was far easier for the rolls to topple off the candleabra than to turn the candles on and off.

We had some fun doing these Halloween candles.  Sylvia has plans to paint them red for Christmas.  It might work!  She also decided to paint her hands black after painting the candles.  They made the bath so dirty I had to wash the bath water off in the shower!  Kids!  They looked quite impressive on a shelf at our Halloween lunch.  I wonder how long they will last.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Jack o Lantern oranges with fruit salad, and more Halloween photos

At our recent Halloween lunch, we wanted a fun-themed healthy end to the meal.  These fruit salad jack o lantern oranges were just what I needed.  They looked really cute and were full of healthy seasonal fruit.  I am also going to share some of the Halloween stuff in our life over the past month or so.  As I looked at all the photos, I noticed that every one had a jack o lantern somewhere in it. 
  
Sylvia was really into Halloween this year that a crazy amount of Halloween merchandise made its way into our house.  There is a little cynicism in packaging regular products with Halloween on the outside.  Sylvia love the Tiny Teddies boxes because they had masks on the back.  The Chobani ghost yoghurts were cute but a couple are still in the fridge.  And the best packaging has to go to Heinz for the Hallowbeans and Spookghetti.

You might also notice a couple of little pumpkins we bought with the intention of carving them but never did.  Goodness knows what I do with them as I must prefer our local pumpkins for eating.

 As well as supermarket food products, Sylvia managed to bring quite a bit of Halloween decorations into the house and set up a little Halloween corner of her room.

We went to a local neighbourhood house open day where Sylvia got this fantastic face painting on her arm.  (Arm painting?)  Kudos to Mary Grace who does the best face painting.  She had to be shown a jack o lantern picture to understand what Sylvia was asking for and did this detailed picture from a simple online picture.

Sylvia also took advantage of the craft table at the open day to make some Halloween bunting.  We hung it up in the house but sadly the flags did not sit flat and curled a little.  It looked quite good anyway.

Sylvia and her friend were keen to do trick or treating.  I am not keen on visiting houses but we went to the local shopping centre where they were able to do a little trick or treating, especially in the kids bookstore.

Weeks and weeks before Halloween, Sylvia and I were excited to find Hersheys kisses in the foreign section of the supermarket.  We had never seen them before but we bought them just to try making witches hats that are a staple of Halloween posts on Pinterest.  I like the purple icing Sylvia mixed and she did a great job of piping just enough icing (about the shape of the kisses) and then pushing a kiss into the icing to make the purple rim.  I think the oreo thins we used were a little dark but they still looked pretty good.  Sylvia decided she didn't fancy the taste but most of them went by the end of the lunch.  She also made some monster grubs - ie chocolate balls with some sugar eyes or lips.

We found these Halloween babybels in a packet in the supermarket.  Sylvia bought them for the kids at our lunch yesterday as there were 5 kids expected.  I am not sure what happened with them in all the hustle and bustle but there were only a couple left in the fridge afterwards.

The baby bel characters matched up nicely with the masks and colouring in figures that Sylvia had organised for the kids.  She got the masks from the Tiny Teddies boxes (please don't start counting how many little bags of those little biscuits we have bought - there are still quite a few in the pantry and I hope not to see too many more boxes in the house as I am not so keen on them.)

We made the jack o lantern oranges, the day before.  I suggested Sylvia cut off the top of the orange and use a juicer to empty the orange.  She ended up with lots of splits in the orange.  So then I worked on cutting out a chunk of orange flesh with a sharp knife and then using a spoon to scoop out flesh and juice.  Sylvia carved all the faces.  I also cut the pineapple and watermelon the day before. 

We finished making the fruit salad on the morning of the lunch.  I am not a fan of fruit salad with melon but Sylvia wanted watermelon.  My preference is berries and stone fruit and kiwi fruit.  We agreed to leave out the kiwi fruit but I was excited to find the first local nectarines of the season and added one.  We only filled 5 oranges and had heaps of fruit salad over.  I thought it would last for days.  Then I forgot about the fruit salad in the fridge.  Luckily Sylvia found it.  I was surprised how much of the fruit salad got eaten.  We had finished it by the end of the next day.

I really loved these oranges with fruit salad.  In fact I wonder if they could be served with different patterns or even with cute stickers on them for party food during the rest of the year.  It reminds me just how much I love a good fruit salad.  With summer fruit coming into season, I hope to have more fruit salads.

More fun fruit recipes ideas on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Choc-nut banana and fruit kebabs (gf, v)
Fruit Christmas tree 
Fruity icy poles (gf, v)
Rainbow fruit kebabs (gf, v)
Watermelon monster (gf, v)  

Or find more Halloween food on Green Gourmet Giraffe.  

Jack o Lantern Oranges with Fruit Salad
inspired by Mums Who Think

Oranges
1/2 pineapple, diced
2-3 cups diced
1 banana, diced
1 apple, diced
125g punnet raspberries
2 x 125g punnets blueberries
125g strawberries, diced
1 nectarine, diced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Orange juice
Maple syrup

Cut the top off the oranges.  Scoop out the flesh out of the oranges.  Firstly take a paring knife and cut around the flesh by the edges of orange skin and prise out a chunk of orange flesh.  Then take a spoon and carefully scoop out the flesh and juice.  (I set aside the flesh and juice to strain.)  This can be done the day before.  Just keep the oranges in the fridge.

Now mix all your diced fruit (having it well diced so it fits in the orange) and stuff in the orange.  It can be made the day before but stuff the oranges on the day.  We kept our stuffed oranges in the fridge a few hours before lunch.  Leftover fruit salad was eaten in bowls.

On the stereo:
Talking with the Taxman about Poetry: Billy Bragg