Monday, October 15, 2012

Asparagus and Prosciutto Wraps and an Estate Auction

There are many things in this world that make me happy and attending one of these has to be close to the top of the list.  Especially when it is in the suburb in which I grew up and I can meet up with my mum and do it all with her.  Now Beach Dwellers, we definitely came from the wrong end of town and my childhood home was no where near as grand as these ones.  But this type of architecture was part of my daily experience as a child on the way to and from school and I must say, I am completely partial to this kind of early Federation abode and the kinds of things that form her 'contents'. 

 I once briefly dated a boy who lived in this street.  It all went well over my head in those days, but looking back now, I wonder what happened to him.  He's probably a full on millionaire like his father must have been, to have a seat in this beautiful place.

This area basically began as the well heeled professional classes moved out of inner Sydney, for what was then considered 'a country experience'  The North Shore railway line began to be developed in the late 19th century and provided the conduit for ease of transport to the city, although the harbour still had to be crossed via punt or ferry.  The Harbour Bridge was not even a glimmer in the politicians' eyes until many years later, which changed everything again, when it was completed in 1932.  But when this area was first subdivided, it was large bush blocks, with wide dirt roads and beautiful mansions.  The size of the blocks make them now ripe for the picking, as high rise development sites and so many of these beauties have been demolished, which breaks mine and many others hearts.

So when one is opened to the public, I always jump at the chance to have a look at how the other half live.
These cane chairs appealed to me, but at a price estimate of $200 I didn't wait around to see what they actually fetched.  Occasionally I can find this kind of thing roadside, although not in mint condition.

And if I really what one I can get them in a range of colours at Freedom.  Although I must say, I prefer my furniture to come with a past, even if I don't know what it is.

Loved this pineapple arrangement with it's elaborate tiered appetiser set.

I love vintage sports gear

There was lots of aboriginal art work

and a bit of French, which I also love.

some kitchenalia

 and more French

and a little girl who seems to charm everyone she meets.  I guess being four will do that.  She however, was priceless and already spoken for.

Loved the combo of vintage lace and kangaroo skin.....only in Australia people.  The old box was nice too.

Another Federation home

and her light fittings

Oh and I cooked this again over the weekend.  This is a fantastic light lunch or side vegetable with meat or fish.  The saltiness of the prosciutto and anchovies is beautiful contrasted with the tomatoes and asparagus.  It's just lovely.

Asparagus, Anchovies, Cherry Tomatoes and Rosemary Wrapped in Prosciutto

This recipe is per parcel
5-6 fresh asparagus spears
2 cherry tomatoes squashed
2 canned anchovies fillets
1 sprig of rosemary
1 slice of prosciutto 
Lemon juice and butter for serving
Tooth picks for fastening

Preheat oven to 220C/425F 
Line a baking tray with baking paper
Lay out  prosciutto horizontally on your work surface
Place asparagus spears vertically on top of the prosciutto
Lay anchovy fillets diagonally across the asparagus, but lined up with the prociutto so they will be enclosed when the parcel is sealed.
Place Rosemary down the centre
Put the tomatoes in the centre lined up with the prosciutto
Pull the 2 ends of the prosciutto around the asparagus to form a wrap and seal with toothpicks.
Place on the baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes, watching that the asparagus does not burn.
Remove from the oven and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and a small knob of butter.
This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver

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"I've made about six of your recipes so far and they are just wonderful. I'm going to make the Thai Green Prawn Curry tonight"

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  1. Good Morning're up early!
    What a freaky combination of furnishings all in the one house!!! ;O)
    I still think Little Miss Four in her chinoiserie outfit was the best......
    Tania xx

  2. What an amazing house, and such an unusual collection of items.

  3. Love the house and the contents - did you snap up one of the vintage suitcases? I so want one of them - I have a project I want to work on that requires one, but I don't fancy paying top $ in an antique store to get one.

  4. Those homes are just gorgeous, full of equally fabulous items. Items full of history, love it. And those asparagus and prosciutto wraps look delish!

  5. I love some of those treasures, I wonder why one of those chairs was painted white and not the other?? Love that pineapple, some very cute treasures. Love that you love an item with a history... very stylish mindset in my opinion. Rach xx

  6. Oh my gosh, that asparagus looks so yummy. Anything with prosciutto is great in my book :)
    I need to tryyy


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