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  1. Johanna

    the idea of your family reading out handpicked quotes sounds odd but I can see that it could be fun!

    shame about the souffle – I have always avoided them but was persuaded by a friend to have one at a dinner party from the green and blacks cookbook – it convinced me how good a chocolate souffle could be

    lasagna look interesting too

  2. whisperinggums

    Yes, but I didn’t order the foie gras did I? Great post WC that captures beautifully what was a lovely evening. (Oh, and you can tell Joanna that we can be a bit of an odd family at times).

  3. croquecamille

    I’m so sorry this restaurant didn’t do justice to the Valrhona! What a shame. Otherwise, the food looks lovely, and it sounds like a great night was had by all!

  4. Louise

    Corker of a post Hannah. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this one. I’ve wanted to go to the Boathouse for a while, but never made it. I tried last visit but it was shut on whatever day we were loitering outside the door. I love the quotes your Grandad picked- George Best is my favourite one I think. Did he write Geo Best? Or was that you? I presume it was your grandfather. In the family history research George is usually written as Geo but it’s not really in common usage now I think. I’ve never been impressed by foam, I mean, come on, foam, but haven’t fully taken it to an “anti foam stance”, I think I shall from now on. I did think that the foam craze had largely disappeared. Sad to see it making an appearance. I also share your oyster ordering technique. I can proudly say that Tetsuya taught me to eat and like fresh oysters, and I agree that the oysters that are worth eating hang out in nice restaurants.

  5. BitterSweet

    Too bad that chocolate souffle was disappointing; it sure is beautiful! I suppose looks can be deceiving, huh?

  6. Kath Lockett

    I would have loved to have joined your family celebration!

    I’m with you on the ‘never order a chocolate dessert’ rule too. And souffles are never worth anything other than a look before moving on to somethign with ‘tart’ in the title

  7. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    Haha I loved the conversational tidbits interspersed throughout the story and your grandpa’s quotes. Have you seen the twitter guy who writes down gems that his father says? It’s at 🙂

  8. Hannah

    Johanna: We’re a very word-oriented family (one grandma has even edited Macquarie dictionaries) so it didn’t seem at all odd to us 😀 I’ve had and made some lovely souffles, but this was just fail! Yet to have a good choc one though…

    Whisperinggums: No, you were good. 😀

    Camille: The desserts needed your magic touch! It was a great night 🙂

    Louise: Thank you!! You’re right, it was my grandpa who wrote down “Geo”. I didn’t even know it stood for George. Hurrah for anti-foam! It just looks like… well, a variety of bodily fluids, really. Ugh!

    Bittersweet: Sadly, yes! Who knew souffles could teach life lessons? 😀

    Kath: I would’ve loved to have you there! I think you’d fit in 🙂 I do think souffles do have some merit, but this didn’t. And yes, “tart” is my favourite word on a dessert menu! (That, and “cheesecake”, but cheesecake is a little bit tart itself, kinda…)

    Lorraine: Thank you – both for your kind words and the link. Hilarious! ((I love the May 11 one))

  9. Sarah Marshall

    Wow what a gorgeous post – the food reportage was what I visited for but the personal bits in-between were really funny and touching! This is my first visit and I’ll be visiting regularly after this.


  10. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Hannah, promise me when we’re travelling the world with our poetry that we’ll go back to Canberra every now and then to have meals with your family. Actually, I’m in Melbourne right now – Melbourne isn’t THAT far from Canberra is it? No?

    We should get our families together. With the powers of our Dads combined, noone’s leftovers would be safe.

  11. Simply Life

    wow, I am drooling over all that food!

  12. Agnes

    Your blog always makes me smile! 😀 And so did the conversational tidbits. If only my family were as funny!

  13. Hannah

    Sarah: Thank you so much! I’m always a bit nervous posting things like this. I do hope you come back! 🙂

    Conor: I’ll even pinky-promise. *Ahem* “Once we’ve travelled to cure our itchy-wanderers’-feet / We’ll return to the ‘Berra to eat eat and eat.” Oooh, Melbourne? My brother’s teaching in Melbourne! Go knock on his door and you can make the drive up together, and then we can fly in your dad, and then our families can send each other Christmas cards forever and ever.

    Simply Life: A few parts were drool-worthy!

    Agnes: 😀 But remember, you and your friends are the masters of puns!

  14. gmasydney

    I’m glad you thought it was a great party; as hosts we enjoyed it , both food and company, but especially the company. I seem to remember that it was the Birthday Boy who introduced you to oysters all those years ago so he is glad the introduction was so successful. Families are wonderful – well ours is anyway.

  15. Hannah

    GmaSydney: Indeed it was! To let you in on the secret, I didn’t like oysters at first. BUt I kept ordering them because I wanted Grandpa to think I was All Grown Up… and then one day, voila! I loved them!

  16. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Haha, sounds like good laughs indeed! I love the foie gras quote 😛
    Riesling foam? Intriguing…

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