Slice of Saturday

June 9, 2012
Last Saturday, in pictures.

Just one of those really pleasant days, when the world seemed to slow right down, giving you the chance to do happy little tasks and float on the freedom of two blissfully unstructured days.

We started the morning with a jog around the park, before grabbing takeaway lattes. Fresh.

Quinoa Quince Pancakes for breakfast (recipe link), using the last of our poached quince. This fruit is endlessly sublime, I will miss them so. They have served me well these past couple of months. Until next Autumn…

Ben then felt compelled to cook a chicken over coals, as you do. So he did. Two chickens, in fact. Why not? One with a moroccan-style marinade, the other bathing in herbs de provence. With each hour on the spit, the aroma was increasingly alluring. Yep, really glad I bought him that spit.

A snack to tide me over, while continuing my Paris food and restaurant research. Banana Ice-Cream – frozen banana blended with a little vanilla yoghurt, topped with chocolate chips. Happiness in a teacup.

I sat for nearly two hours in bed researching. It was lovely.

My view.

I adore this skirt, I just need some occasion to wear it…

Sneaking peeks of the chicken. Genuinely struggling to handle the temptation.


After three hours. Proud.

Lunch was a lovely little affair. Hot, Spit-Roasted Chicken with a throw together Roasted Root Vegetable and Freekeh Salad, using leftover roasted sweet potato, purple carrots, sautéed mushrooms and freekeh plus spinach leaves, lemon juice and goats cheese. Wholesome, satisfying and just darn fantastic. Intoxicatingly so.

Later on in the day we gussied ourselves up for the Mercy Health Foundation Ball. I wore a long black lace dress I scored at the op shop years ago. It has a slightly low back, but beyond that feature it’s fairly conservative. Paired with red lips and a low bun I felt rather classy. I’m feeling a little more grown up these days, red lips and all. Although I did manage to frequently smudge lipstick across my face. Oh the embarrassment. And I’m back to being an awkward teenager. At least I tried.

The photo booth was a real treat. We visited far too often, posing hard like it was our job. So many props, so little time.

And that was Saturday. A little slice of lovely.

Here’s to even more loveliness this long weekend. We’re off to Red Hill for chilly country walks, local produce and more freedom floating.

Heidi xo
  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan June 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Dear Heidi,

    Love your healthy routine of starting with a run or a walk in the morning. That justifies tucking into that fat, beautiful, golden brown bird!

  • Blithely Unaware June 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I love your Saturday, hope this one is equally beautiful.


  • Hannah June 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I think I need some of your motivation for the morning jogs, I find it hard enough getting dressed in the cold! That looks like a lovely skirt, is it made of tulle? Pretty 🙂 x

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

    delightful indeed!

  • Wendy June 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Reading this makes me so relaxed and content. I'm keen to plan my saturdays in a similar fashion now…..

  • Michelle Chin June 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    i love your rendition of banana ice cream. so healthy!

  • Jac June 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Nice day. Love that skirt!

  • Heidi June 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Chopin – haha, actually don't eat the skin & it's no drama!

    Blithely Unaware – thanks, lovely, you too 🙂

    Hannah – indeed it is!! Morning jogs are hard but so worth it once you're into it!

    Lisa – 🙂

    Wendy – yay!

    Michelle – & so delicious!!

    Jac – thanks!

    Heidi xo

  • Kari June 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    This sounds lovely indeed – in fact, one could almost say perfect!

  • Terry Turtle June 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Wow! That chicken looks amazing!
    "Only" 3 hours over the coals? That's commitment!!
    Have a great long weekend!

  • Miss T June 10, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I WANT TO GO TO RED HILL! Maybe we will take a drive down tomorrow. Hello?, two chickens are better than one. my life motto. Warning, its also the reason I am unable to wear slinky black lace dresses (oooo, you arent meant to EAT both chickens are you?)
    Have a great weekend!
    T x

  • The InTolerant Chef June 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    What a great start to the long weekend Heidi! Loving the spit roasts, so delicious indeed!

  • Heidi June 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Kari – it was great 🙂

    Terry – hehe thanks Terry, you too!

    Miss T – we saved the rest of the chickens & ate them during the week!

    InTolerant Chef – have a great weekend, lovely!

    Heidi xo

  • msihua June 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Ooo love the photo booth and props.. we're doing a version of it on our wedding 🙂 Can't wait!

  • hannah June 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    This Saturday looks like perfection. It does make me miss jogging though, I cannot wait until my back is better and i can get back into it. I feel like I didn't do enough cooking with Quince this Autumn – there are a few left at my local fruit and veg shop, I may have to buy them out and do something with them this weekend!

    As for that skirt: tulle + sequins = love.

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    nawwww perfect Saturday! I was up early after little sleep and running around! So glad we have today off, making up for it with slow cooking 🙂
    LOVE that skirt! I saw one similar in an op shop, but alas it was too small for me!

  • Heidi June 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    maishua – oh how fun! we wanted to do that too, great idea 🙂

    Hannah – thanks 🙂 I hope your back gets better soon!!

    Michele – oh I hate it when things are the wrong size in op shops! No hope of finding another like it…

    Heidi xo

  • jamie-lee June 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Quinoa pancakes.. now those sound interesting! Loving that skirt by the way, it looks so pretty!

  • wikigirl June 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for your lovely comment H 🙂 Being invited to speak at SXSW kind of blew my mind too. It was definitely worth the 40 + hour travel time to get there and back.

    That banana icecream snack looks so so good. One of my favourite things to do is put a sprinkle of chocolate chips over my yoghurt, but I didn't think about frozen banana before. Thank you!

    I agree very grown up and classy with the red lipstick. Don't worry, at least you don't get it in your teeth. I'm really classy like that 😉

  • Hannah June 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    You look gorgeous, both of you. And Heidi, you are nothing but classy. Classy and bubbly, like a perfect crisp-cool glass of Champagne. The real kind. xo

  • Briony June 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    What a splendid day! Thank you for sharing your positivity and happiness with the world. Your blog is always a favourite to read, never fails to leave me with a smile on my face and an appreciation for the simple things in life; love, laughter and food!

  • Heidi June 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Jamie-Lee – thanks!

    Wikigirl – oh man yes it's a huge honour! Well deserved, definitely. How fun! & good to know I'm not alone of the lipstick smudge front 🙂

    Hannah – naw so much love!

    Briony – what a beautiful comment, thank you so much 🙂 warm fuzzies!

    Heidi xo