This is busy season for us, if you had wondered why I have disappeared.
We live on the coast, so summer is when we get more visitors than usual. It's also the time when our band is busiest, currently playing 1-2 nights/ week.
And the garden - watering, mowing lawns, picking veg and bottling fruit....and Christmas in the middle of all that!
|Visitors with camera, impressed by home baking - rare shot of self.|
We had a visit from Derek's brother and his wife recently. The best part for them is if we can get down the river for the day. I whipped up date scones and pikelets to take as we stay down there for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea so that we can catch the incoming tide on the way home.
|You can see our place - a little white speck on the green between our heads|
We all piled into our little boat for what is a ten minute trip to the river mouth where there is the loveliest usually-deserted beach.
This year the mussels were thick, and a super low tide meant we didn't even need to swim to get them.
|I just found a nice sandy place to kneel down - that's brother-in-law Jack|
With easily getting our limit of 25 mussels per person, we had enough for 4 meals of mussels - first with white wine, plus some of the fish I caught on the way home and other ingredients - a simple bouillabaise.
The next night they were done with coconut cream, and the other fish, a kahawai, was marinated in lime juice, then had coconut cream plus other things like chilli and spring onion added.
Next day mussel fritters.
The rest I gave to my daughter who loves them.
It has mostly been beautiful weather here -I hope it holds out for Saturday, when our band will be playing in the garden bar of the Towai Tavern
|Garden bar awaiting a band|