This year, Ben and I played it low key and drove down to Red Hill. We had my parent’s house all to ourselves. We were both thankful to finish work early, which let us escape at around 4pm.
First we stopped off at Brighton beach for a swim. It was 40 Degrees, and a cool-off was very welcomed. Bathing in the cool, velvety water was wonderful, my first swim of the season.
There are few things I love more than the feeling of salty skin after a swim. I love the smell too… Summer.
Champagne, Prosciutto, Melon
We arrived at Red Hill and popped the champagne. Prosciutto (leftover from Christmas) was enjoyed with melon slices, which is a favourite dish of Ben’s. We ate this in Rome on our first trip there 5 years ago, and ever since then Ben has been hooked. I love it too – the sweetness of the melon and prosciutto really complement each other. We were lucky enough to get some really lovely cantaloupe too, which absolutely made the dish.
A little while later we made prawn pasta, which to me is summer personified on a plate. Seafood pasta is probably both of our all time favourite dish. Big call, I know. But it is true.
We used green prawns and sauteed them in garlic and some olive oil. Next we added white wine, then butter and loads of fresh parsley. We used linguini and cooked it al dente.
It was really delicious. The perfect meal on a warm Summer’s eve.
More Champagne was consumed, as we ate outside and planned our trip (we leave for Vietnam in 1 week!) We also finished off Dad’s pink grapefruit and champagne sorbet.
Early Bird Special
We then headed inside and crashed on the cousch to watch Raising Arizona. We made it 30 minutes into the movie and then fell asleep (which was no testament to the quality of the movie, it was actually hilarious!) I qualify for a seniors discount now, don’t I?
So, we’re officially old, but I don’t care. It was absolutely brilliant. We went to bed at 10:30pm and slept until 8:15am.
We’re now off to the Red Hill Market for more amazing food. What a fabulous way to start 2011.
This year I am looking forward to travelling South East Asia, spending time with family and friends, becoming a more experienced Dietitian, saving for a house, planning our Wedding and having more blogging fun! I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
* New Year’s Resolution: ironically, last week I decided that my resolution would be to get to bed earlier. I think I got a head start on this one last night. A+