What a beautiful weekend in Sydney weather wise. Mr Beach House took me out for dinner too....Complete bonus. It is on these occasions, I remember why I married him. He is very funny and engaging when he is not worrying about work, or lounging about the house reading the newspaper. We walked into the restaurant separately, but left arm in arm. It is always a revelation to me and I think yes, that will do me for another 6 months.
Weirdly but honestly, I think if we did dinner out without the kids more often, the gloss may come off.
Infact it was such an occasion, that I decided to coordinate a much over do make over of my hair this weekend. Here's what my fabulous new hair dresser came up with.
I love it, but I grant you, it is unlikely to ever look this good again. At least until I visit her again anyway.
Oh and that is me without make up, except lippy, but what the heck.
I also visited that fabulous waterfront in Palm Beach, I reported on here.
Absolutely to die for and the kids had us buying it within minutes, but with bidding to start at $3.5 million, we are out before we start. However, I love to visit these places and linger a little longer, imagining what might be if that lottery win came through. Take a look around and I'll meet you further down with an easy and deliciously doable recipe. It's a good one for the weekly meal planner.
Chicken with Leeks Tomatoes and Olives
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1.5kg Chicken cut into 8 pieces or 8 chicken pieces of your choice
2 leeks trimmed and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 cup rose or white wine
400g can diced tomatoes
250g/1 cup large cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup black olives
Good handful parsley chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
You will need a covered cooking pan for this recipe
Heat the oil in a large fry pan ,
Cook chicken in batches over a medium heat until browned. Transfer to a resting plate.
Add leeks to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Add wine and allow a minute to deglaze
Add chicken, tomatoes and olives and stir to combine.
Cover and bring to the boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for a further 15-20 minutes to reduce the sauce a little.
Stir through parsley and lemon juice and season to taste.
Serve with mashed vegetables and or crusty bread.
And of course some beautifully chilled rose
Have a fabulous week Beach Dwellers. Many of you will be on school holidays here in Australia, so I hope you enjoy them. If you are in Sydney and fancy a day out on the Northern Beaches here are some enjoyable and cost effective ideas for you.
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