I've almost completely lost it... Despite still having datelines to catch with Uni etc. I decided to give myself a chance to get it back together. It isn't exactly the most responsible thing to do; considering how I skipped 2 classes; called for some company and hopped on a bus to the city *guilty grin*
......*shrug*; I really do think I deserved a break today. Work and assignments have really piled on the stress and I've been giving it my full undivided attention since my last blog entry after coming home from Melbourne. I miss my blog...i miss cooking....I've gone cold turkey on my kitchen for 6 days straight! I did however piece up together an impromptu picnic for Jo and I. Wouldn't exactly call it 'cooking'....
I scored a nifty little picnic set+cooler bag+mat in the city today for half price. I somehow had to check right away if the picnic set was any good! ;) hehe.
I kicked off my shoes and had a satisfying roll on the grass.
Here's my shopping list I made up for a major picnic feast for 2~ *even had enough leftover to pack away and bring home*
- 1/4 roast chicken ($2.88)
- 3 slices deluxe ham ($0.75)
- 1 bag gourmet lettuce ($2.00)
- 1 punnet strawberries ($3.50)
- 1 small bunch fruit ($2.70)
- fresh mint leaves ($1.00)
- Orange and mango juice concentrate ($1.59)
- 1 carton vanilla custard ($1.79)
- Roll of cream filled vanilla shortbread ($0.99)
- 1 bag babybel cheese ($3.25)
- 1 small tray antipasto eggplant in marinated olive oil ($3.95)
- 2 round turkish bread rolls ($2.19)
- 1 bottle fizzy lemonade ($2.25)
With $28.84... I made 2 LARGE sandwiches with beautiful trimmings; an eggplant and roast chicken salad, a miniature cheese platter with some extra bread and sweet grapes, nice fruity fizzful drinks and a plate of absolutely divine strawberry and custard dessert.
We parked ourselves on the grass in a cosy spot on Hyde Park. It was hard to get away from the crowd as the crowd was EVERYWHERE~ *laughs* It was lunch hour in the city and there were swarms of park-goers soaking up their share of sunshine all dressed from business suits to bikinis. We opted for a perfect slightly breezy, fairly shaded spot with just enough sunlight peeking through the trees above us. We laid out the mat, Jo helped pour the drinks while I sliced, stuffed and piled 4 plates full of yummy goodness! It was all too much for both our little tummy's. I recycled the strawberry punnet container to use as a take-out box for the salad we couldn't finish. The dessert plate didn't have much trouble being wiped clean though. *sigh* I'm still dreaming of its creamy, heavenly, strawberry-ful taste now...*wipes drool off face*
Well..I had a wonderful time; and I've been working harder and much better ever since my change of environment. Jo said something real funny today;
He said " You're like...Superman, you get energy from the Sun!~...you've been out in the sunshine for awhile and now you're all cheerful and energetic"
I may not be super..or much of a man either; but I do enjoy my time off in beautiful natural surroundings, playing with fresh ingredients and eating simple and delicious food. I guess the good ol' sun might have had something to do with it too...*shrug*