This was back towards the end of summer, when the days were still warm and I still had a stash of pippis in my freezer from our last pippi-picking outing at Venus Bay (don’t judge, I’ve a pretty powerful freezer!).
So feeling the urgency to use those pippis before the summer was over, I invited some of the girls over for dinner 1 Sunday night, and to put to use some Jamie Oliver recipes I’ve been eyeing for awhile!
Dinner for A Summer Night In
Entree – Woodfired Shellfish
Main – Pork Belly Roast
Side – Roasted leeks & carrots
Dessert – Somewhere along Lygon Street!
Sundays are usually quite packed for us, as our church service is in the morning and most of the time, the rest of the day will be filled with church activities. So the dinner had to be something simple, quick yet presentable. And I just didn’t have enough time to make dessert so we all decided to take a walk along Lygon Street after dinner to see our options!
So I roasted the pork belly the day before, and made the accompanying gravy on the Sunday afternoon the moment we got back from church. The other sisters helped to debeard the mussels (sigh, the most troublesome part of eating mussels!) and prep the entree which was sooooooo easy.
And the result?
It is amazing that such an easy dish can turn out to be a crowd-pleaser. The juices of the shellfish were all retained and everything tasted so refreshing with the lemon juice and parsley, with the rosemary, olive oil and minced garlic adding on beautiful flavours. This was such a perfect summer dish!
We couldn’t get enough of the juices so by the time the shellfish were exhausted, we couldn’t help but slurp up the remaining juices at the bottom of the tray. Ms EH commented that if there were more, it could easily turn into a seafood broth!
Now on to the main…
Unfortunately, the pork belly wasn’t as a resounding success as the shellfish. Because the pork was cut up, the skin didn’t crisp up as nicely so I had no crackling 😦 (I find it very hard to get good crackling by the way – any suggestions would help!) And for some reason, I followed the recipe but my gravy turned quite gluggy. I was panicking but Ms JQ calmly came by to add more water to the gravy. This caused it to loosen a little but we ended up with more gravy than intended!
But the meat managed to remain moist and tender so that was a plus point!
If you noticed, we didn’t have any carbs on the table but trust me, we were well and full. We usually have a late lunch on Sunday anyway so by the time it gets to dinner, we would get filled up quite quickly!
So for dessert, we walked down to check out the hottest kid on the block – Yo-chi Frozen Yoghurt!
Yes, I’m happy to say that Yo-chi did not disappoint!
While some of the flavours seem strange for fro-yo (Eg. Coconut, avocado..), some flavours were really agreeable to us, like the Signature Tart and Hazelnut. I usually think yoghurt should be fruity but the Hazelnut actually has a creamy texture and not overly sweet, and seems to go quite well with the sourish tang of the yoghurt base!
And the toppings were yummy, like the popping strawberry pearls and Yo-chi‘s special crumble. With so much variety and as a healthier option for dessert, it’s hard to get tired of this place!
It was nice that our entire night was light and refreshing, just like the cool summer breeze that we enjoyed that night 🙂
Now that summer has given way to the colder seasons, it’s time to rug up and cook up more hearty meals – to more stews and roasts in the days ahead!