This last weekend was awesome. Some busy time and some extremely lazy time which is just what I needed. Just our current lack of electricity that brought me down a bit. I can’t wait to get it fixed. I think so often these days, of the settlers who travelled this land many years ago without any fridges or freezers – no lighting except candles, and so many wild animals and biting bugs around. They must have been very special people.
On Friday night I was invited to a dinner at L’s house (a new friend) at Raptor’s View. I met some more new people and we had a fantastic dinner prepared by Mr K ( L’s friend who visits often). We had raclette for dinner which is so common in Europe yet I never tried it while I lived there. The image below is of a raclette grill – you melt raclette cheese in the little pans with spring onions and mushrooms (or other things) – which you then scrape onto a baked potato. On top of the grill you cook your meats . It seems that just about anything goes. A very social way to spend time eating.
Above is the modern way of making raclette. Traditionally it done like this:
Raclette is a dish indigenous to parts of Switzerland, Wallonia and France. The Raclette cheese round is heated, either in front of a fire or by a special machine, then scraped onto diners’ plates; the term raclette derives from the French racler, meaning “to scrape”. Traditionally, it is accompanied by small firm potatoes , gherkins, pickled onions, dried meat, such as prosciutto, sliced peppers, tomato, onion, mushrooms, pears, and dusted with paprika and fresh-ground black pepper.
L’s house is lovely and we spent quite a bit of time round the fire outside. I have posted a few images below. They give you a good idea of what it is like partying here in the bush at night. The pictures are very dark – I could have used a flash but it really spoils the effect. It is really this dark here.
We listened to some good music
Good food, good wine, good music and great company – what a lovely evening! Thanks L!