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Saturday, 17 November 2018
Mount Hotham - a snowy work weekend
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.