Fish in A Parcel for Sunday Lunch

July 25, 2013

nana, roo & I

I live for these days, these Wintry Sundays with loved ones. Family filter into the kitchen, one by one, and begin the meal preparation. Something slow and simple and comforting. Something like fish in a parcel.

More family arrive and we gather, catching up on the week past, the week coming…


This time, Fluffy Ducks as per my Nana’s request (recipe link). She doesn’t drink, you see. But on this day Nana requested a Fluffy Duck. I’m sure there’s a story there. In fact, I know there’s a story there.



We inevitably move onto the years past. I love to hear their tales.


Crowding the table, we’ll marvel at Dad’s homemade bread.


He is ever the studious and punctual baker.


And then, thank goodness, it will be time to eat.


Individual gemfish parcels with fennel and kipfler potatoes (adapted from Rachel Khoo’s recipe), with a side of brussels sprouts…



…and bread.


A spot of dessert. An assembly of Limoncello cakes, topped with homemade Jelly (made with Maraschino cherry juice), Maraschino cherries and then topped with lemon syrup spiked mascarpone (though that creamy dollop is absent from the photograph below).


Coffee, tea, satiety…

Recounting tales of cars once owned, long missed and never forgotten leads to an eager online search.

Oh the joy of discovering pictures of the 1933 Fiat won in a competition by my great grandfather. Oh, and that stunning 1937 Holden Austin Seven Coupe. And all the happy tire tales that followed. I long for such a beautiful car, those who know me well know that I’d gladly take aesthetics over functionality any day.


These days…


Heidi xo

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  • Melanie Hall July 25, 2013 at 6:58 am

    What a lovely post Heidi, these are precious days indeed. Are you planning to post the limoncello cake recipe? Any excuse…..

  • Cilla July 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I love this post as it contains
    -grandparents (I miss my nanna something terrible)
    -rachel khoo recipes (I love rachel khoo)
    and food.

    • Heidi July 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Cilla. All the best things x

  • InTolerant Chef July 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    What a lovely weekend supper indeed Heidi 🙂 I haven’t had a Fluffy Duck since I was 17! You’re so lucky to have grandparents to love x

    • Heidi July 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Oh yes, I am really truly so very lucky. And Rebecca, you simply must have a fluffy duck soon! It’ll take you back 🙂 x

  • Ashley July 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    You guys really have such beautiful family gatherings 🙂

    • Heidi July 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you, I cherish them so x

  • Hannah July 27, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Oh Heidi. This is so very much my own family and the way we collect together, talk, laugh, feast… down to the fish in parcels, potatoes, and individual trifle-esque desserts.

    You make me homesick but so happy.


    • Heidi July 28, 2013 at 11:13 am

      You’ll be back having this with your family soon enough, lady, soon enough xo

  • addie | culicurious July 29, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Looks like y’all had a fantastic meal together. Love family meals like these 🙂

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