Festive Dinner at Mount Nelson

Sunday 27 November, 2016

Rancho Rialannah

Paul and Julie, Di and Sam, Kevin and Irene, Christine, John, Andrew, Kim, Jan


Canadian Christmas salmon dip (Kim)
……….* Christmas starter (Angels and Devils on Horseback) (Andrew)


Scandinavian Christmas gravlox (Irene)
……….* Christmas chicken (John)
Canuck Christmas slow-cooked barbecue pork (Kim)
……….* Christmas roast vegetables (Di)
……….* Christmas salad
Mexican Christmas salad (Julie)


Australian Christmas plum pudding (Kristafine)
Australian Christmas pavlova (Di)


* insert country name here



French Feast

Saturday 26 March, 2016

Rancho Rialannah

Paul and Julie, Di and Sam, Kevin and Irene, Paul and Dorcas, Andrew, Chris, Christine, John

French menu attached (in English)


Pate or terrine — Paul C
French tomato soup — Andrew
Onion tart — Andrew
Coq au vin Chicken Veronique Chicken Provencal— Irene
Veal Pork bistro style — John
Green beans almondine — Irene
Gratin dauphinois (potatoes) — Julie
Jerusalem artichokes with lemon and garlic — Di
Tarte aux prunes avec vanile et brandy — Kristafine
Crepes Suzette — Paul C
  • bleu
  • rind-ripened Camembert or Brie
  • chèvre
  • washed rind – Bruny or something else
  • hard – raclette or Gruyere
  • good bread
  • aperitif
  • 2 bottles of something sparkling
  • 2 bottles of white Burgundy or Loire style
  • 2 bottles pinot or light red for the chicken and veal
  • 1 bottle good claret
  • 1 bottle to go with dessert





Equinoxal autumnal North Africanish LUNCH

Sunday 22 March 2015

Bayfield Downs
In Attendance: John, Christine, Chris, Julie, Paul, Irene, Kevin, Andrew

Held as the last hurrah at Mr Sexton’s residence at Bayfield Downs ahead of its impending sale and pursuant construction of Bayfield Heights.


Moroccan tomato and lentil soup (Andrew)
Chicken curry (The Maguires)
Moroccan lamb shanks (Julie)
Middle Earth vegetarian (Kristafa)
Autumnal potatoes (John)
Couscous salad (Irene)
Autumnal poached fruits (Kristafine)
The repast was considered by all consuming most excellent.

Thanksgiving Mexican Dinner

DATE: Saturday 19? November, 2005

VENUE: Poets Corner

The occasion on which Andrew was converted to the variety and charms of Mexican cuisine.

This is to confirm what transpired at our planning meeting this afternoon at Andrew’s. For those unable to attend, please note that it was a perfect, still, sunny afternoon with temperatures in the high 20s, the dappled shade of the walnut tree, jugs of iced lemon tea, and Andrew’s magnificent food. These planning meetings are getting longer and longer — I wonder why.

Despite its marathon length, there is not a lot of detail that came out of this planning meeting. The consensus is that we cook Mexican, and that we gather at Kevin and Irene’s at 6pm next Saturday 12 November. Apart from that, we have given a general indication of what we might cook, and we all have Mexican cookbooks bought, borrowed or perhaps even stolen. By the time we meet next week, these crass English generalisations (apart from the Pope; see below) will have acquired proper Mexican terminology.

Chris and Christine, we hope that you can both come, and if so, just pick something that is currently not represented on this rather haphazard menu:

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Tortillas — Kevin

Guacamole — Julie

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Salsa of something — Julie

Ceviche* dish of some sort  — Andrew

Pork with pineapple — John

Green rice — John

Macaroni and spinach — Irene

Torte de Papa** — Andrew

Mexican salad with fruit in it — Julie

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Flan dessert — Irene

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Mexican coffee (and maybe Irene will make some more of her wonderful

Mexican wedding sweets with walnuts and pineapple)

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* This is fish a la Mexican and it sounds like it is going to be raw –but sort of cooked by marinating in lemon juice. Can hardly wait.

** This may refer to either a potato or a Pope.

.   Julie

Italian St Patrick’s Day Dinner

Saturday 19 March 2005

Union Hall

Attending: Julie , Pat , Susan, Irene & Kevin, John, Christine, Chris, Andrew, Di, Kim Eijdenberg (briefly)

 The meal was taken in several sittings!


Vellutata di zucchini – Chris T

(cream of zucchini soup)

Pane de olive e rosmarino — Di
(bread stuffed with olives and rosemary, apart from a bit in the middle for Kevin and Julie that only contains rosemary)

Gnocchi — Kevin
(this dish will be green to honour St Patrick)

Fruiliani — Pat
(it has peas in it, can’t tell you any more)

Pasta — Susan
(cooked in vino rosso with uncased italian sossages added: robust, hearty, with just a hint of baby’s vomit on the tongue)

Melanzane alla liguria – Chris
(stuffed aubergine)

Ravioli — Christine
(with walnuts)

Zucchini de rosmarino e aioli — John
(grilled zucchini with rosemary and garlic)
Polenta — Christine
(polenta with spinach, tomato and gorgonzola)

Osso Bucco with Risotto Milanese and Gremolata — Andrew
(we will all be happy with whatever he decides to do)

Garlic, thyme and anchovy baked potatoes –Julie

Insalata di Arancia con finocchi — Irene
(orange and fennel salad)

Pere, parmigiano e sedano — Irene
(pears, parmesan and celery)

Tomato, Basil & Boccancini – Irene

Zuccotto – Di

A special dessert from Florence. The shape of the dessert resembles the roof of the Duomo.

Espresso – Pat