Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New year's eve
Jenny very kindly put on a party in her BBQ area at her place for a few of us even though she was not feeling very well. It was basically for the twins with family plus Nanna, Anne and myself.
Simon did most of the cooking and made some kofta for us, which was very good. Anne brought along a bowl of Liptauer for the occasion, which was much appreciated as a dip. I asked Simon how come he does the cooking in his house and he replied that Von was so limited that he HAD to learn. Apparently he was not much of a cook before meeting Von.
The kids had a great time running around Jenny's back yard with Dusty in particular being a ball of energy.
At one stage the ladies were upstairs so I had the two young fathers to myself. I used the occasion to propagandize them about the importance of fathers to daughters -- something that is not always realized. But I am sure that both Simon and Russ love their daughters anyway so I probably did not need to speak. Von said later that Hannah is a Daddy's Girl and Russ involves himself very actively with his children so both girls should have it all.
At the end of the evening, I took Von upstairs and announced that I was going to tell her a secret. She said she is good at keeping secrets. There will be much curiosity about what the secret is but I doubt that it will leak out -- though I think she will have to tell her husband -- but he doesn't say anything anyway (OK, I'm exaggerating -- a little). It's just a fun thing.
Anne stayed at my place overnight and helped us to welcome in the new year with a good breakfast the next morning. It was fried pork chipolata sausages with plenty of fried onion, a fried egg and fried tomato -- plus toast of course. It was a traditional English breakfast in other words. Though I think she fried it all in olive oil. I don't keep a fat pot. Fat pots have far from died out in ethnic British circles but they are on the wane.
So the breakfast was delicious and much enjoyed despite it being everything that the food freaks deplore. I have always ignored all food fads anyway but the latest thinking is that fat is good for you so I think I have the last laugh one way or the other.