Friday, September 11, 2009

My holiday recipe




Ingredients

1. House with the salty scent of the sea wafting through the grasses:


2. A view of pale blue and then a darker strip with white foamy edges. The sound of crashing waves and nothing else but perhaps the warning horn of the lighthouse:



3. Another view, this time of sand dunes:



4. Pitstop on journey there at 3 hatted country restaurant. Children tucked up in bed with local girl babysitter. Glass of champagne in front of the fire. Long lingering peruse of the wine list. Ingredients scavenged from kitchen's vegetable garden, locally sourced beef and chicken, wild greens picked just an hour ago, smears of this, splodges of that, all divine.




5. Coffee pot. We have three of these at home now because we keep forgetting to bring them and have to urgently buy another in our holiday location when we arrive.



6. One good knife and a black iron saucepan.

7. Required reading - stocked up at the bookshop and ready to go. (This is only about half of what I would usually take. Maybe it's too much but I actually have a congenital fear of being stranded with Not Enough To Read. I take enough reading material for a week on a one day work trip to Sydney). The Caesar book is a handball from my husband who has just finished it.


8. Lobster from the local fisherman co-op. Boiled, split then grilled with butter and served with lemony mayonnaise.



9. Day trip if we can be bothered to local vineyards:



9. Family (of course)

10. Sticker Dolly Book for my daughter. No, not any old sticker book. It must be a Sticker Dolly book. We have already been through Sticker Dolly Fairies, Princesses, Pop Stars and Ballerinas. Imagine my apoplectic excitement to discover that a new one - Sticker Dolly Bridesmaids - had just been released.



11. Miscellaneous bag of toys, books and bits and pieces for my son including compulsory dinosaur for growling and creating havoc from the back seat of the car:


Method

1. Put ingredients together, stir very gently with a wooden spoon, sit back and enjoy.

See you very soon......

Images (1)(2) Prue Murdoch's Island Beach House, courtesy RAIA (3)(4) Robe Lifestyle (5) (6) Royal Mail (9) Wesleying (10) Wynns (12) Dinosaur.org


15 comments:

fromtherightbank.com said...

Wait, by "see you very soon" are you saying this is what you have in store? Wow! I don't need the last two items but other than that, I'd use this recipe as my guide for my next vacation.

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

What a clever post! I didn't take a summer vacation this year so I am absolutely drooling at the thought right now!

koralee said...

Oh...I adore your creative post and your holiday ingredience...we are heading into fall in Canada..so our Summer is over! Just found your lovely blog...I am off to read about the paper cranes...my daughter made a bunch in her dance class to help out girls in 3rd world countries...have a great weekend!

C.T. said...

HHhmmm.......that sounds like heaven to me! I adore that house, really beautiful. And of course I can imagine myself sitting there, with my kids, husband and yes a lot of books as well. The champagne, delicious food. Oh Lord, it could have it the whole year round, not only for a summer holiday ;-)

Cyma said...

What a lovely post, and wow those paper cranes look fabulous, so colourful :)

Jacqueline said...

That sounds like the perfect recipe for a fantastic holiday...have fun. XXXX

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

sounds like a wonderful holiday! oh & the lobster looks yummy & the doll sticker book is so cute:)

thanks btw for leaving such a lovely comment at alek's blog about the shop!

Millie said...

Ah, as a good South Aussie girl I'm thinking the glorious Robe or somewhere else along the wonderful Limestone coast (Wynns & the crayfish were the giveaways!) And don't forget Piper's restaurant in Penola (very near Wynn's) for the best feed in the whole region!
Millie ^_^

Kiki said...

I am so relieved to read that somebody else takes a proper saucepan and knife on holidays with them. The other half also packs his espresso machine but I admit, we are total coffee snobs. Thanks for the tip on the sticker book, I will seek them out for my two as we leave for a short break in two weeks.

Enjoy...

Laura [What I Like] said...

What a fantastic post...where is this fabulous place?!!! I hear you on the compulsive need to have books at all times...I brought five novels to read over six days in California recently. Absurd, but utterly necessary.

ComyChair said...

Jane, wait! Have you tried this already? If not, I would be happy to carry your bags! Ahhh, those sticker books. The best invention. Keep my daughters busy for hours! Fun post!

Mon - http://www.splendidwillow.com

mise said...

I'm utterly impressed that with two children you can read all those books. I'm down from one book a day to about two a month since I turned into a family. Have a lovely time!

JMW said...

Sounds like the most divine recipe!

Pinecone Camp said...

I heard about you through my friend Heather Cameron. Where is this beautiful house? We are in Canada, but are heading to Melbourne for a family visit in November. My husband is from there. I love your blog. I am now a follower!

far out brussel sprout said...

Your holiday recipe sounds perfect. Can you really hire that house?

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