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  1. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Hehehe…Volando actually has an impressive ring to it 🙂

    It sounds like you had a wonderful night, and it must be incredible fun catching up as a family of 4 when your brother is in town. I think you made the best dinner choices too (especially the banana!) 😛

    On the topic of bananas, they’re now available for $6.95 / kg at the fruit and vegetable markets I shop at! I can totally justify that. Still $10 / kg in the supermarket though…

  2. Louise

    I totally want to steal the Lemon Pumpkin Curry. You can keep Volando (although I think you should peruse the end of year baby name lists and check whether Volando makes a late entry, although I suspect it’s too late in the year- and it will remain packed with Lachlans, Williams and Aaaaleahs.

    I have two bananas that the boys didn’t manage to eat whilst I was away this week. I think they’re on the turn. I’m terrified of them going too ripe. I think I shall try another smoothie in the morning. Actually that’s a good idea. A compost smoothie.

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Haha now I see a heart drawn in strawberry in your mango lassi! Was someone in the kitchen taken by you? 😉

  4. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    your indian food posts make me want to eat some right now. i’ve been craving curry and rice b/c i’ve been seeing it all OVER THE BLOGosphere! i hear they even make vegan naan too!

  5. Emma

    What a de-lovely and delicious post. I am a newcomer to the great realm of Indian food, having prior to this year been 100% uninterested. But now that my eyes have been opened, and my taste buds too, I have a lot of tasty catch-up to play at.

    Wheeee classical. I’ve always loved to sleep at classical concerts, although never in the aisles. Maybe I should try it sometime. I have an orch concert coming up at the end of this month that is going to be so very very sick, aka awesome. We have some sort of fancypants virtuoso violinist fella coming to join us, and if we all don’t mess up too much, he’ll probably sound pretty good!

    I looked up Broken Branches and there are so many good options. Immenso? Okay, just cruel. Malancolico? Also sounds a bit cruel, but also evil. Crux fidelis? More like hell yes!

  6. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    That is the most beautiful spread of Indian food I’ve seen, and the lemon pumpkin curry sounds incredible to me. I haven’t been to very many classical music concerts and I really should try to go to one again. Who knew they were the place to find the appropriate name for your first born child? Volando is a proud name, he’ll grow into a hero.

  7. Tori

    About 6 months ago my friend talked me into going to a concert with her (was it a symphony? orchestra? I don’t know the difference).
    All I remember was that the first piece was boring while the second one was not, mainly due to the fact that the pianist acted as though he were waging war with the piano.
    Seriously, I thought he was trying to kill it.

  8. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Haha! I can totally see Volando being a total ladies man when he grows up…or maybe Volanda if it’s a girl, and if she doesn’t have waist length shiny black hair by the age of five, you must buy her a wig! 😉 Haha!

    Sounds like you had a great night…good company, good food, and good entertainment!

  9. whisperinggums

    That Pumpkin Curry was delish. I’m thinking of trying it next time … it’s hard to beat pumpkin cooked beautifully; the way it takes up all the flavours into its own sweet goodness is wunderbar.

    And, it was great to be out together again, just we four.

  10. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Yes, yes, we all know you both grew up to be luscious hotties, ok.

    Man, I wish my family ate food like this. I just went out to dinner with them earlier tonight – an exceedingly rare occurrence, but it’s my dad’s b-day. They had:
    – iceberg lettuce with cheese, bacon, and an ocean of ranch dressing
    – ribeye steak with a mountain (seriously, 1/2 a pound) of mashed potatoes with several tablespoons of butter
    – fried chicken strips dipped in more ranch dressing
    – white pasta and chicken covered in a cream sauce
    – an incredibly oily carrot cake slice the size of my face, smothered in warm cream cheese icing (ok, so I may have partaken in that one)
    I was alright with my focaccia bread and little pile of black beans and rice, but I’m sure my whole family’s arteries would be better off if they ate a meal like yours! Indian food is my favorite. So’s Beethoven.

    Whatever; Flying and I Don’t Believe will be THE most popular kids on any playground.

    Bananas = yet another reason you need to live here. 39 cents a pound, baby.

  11. fatbooo

    e.teacherlord is such a lovely honorific for your bro. I can imagine in 10 years time, your little kids Volando & Non-credo playing in the garden during family christmasses. :p

  12. penny aka jeroxie

    I heard that the prices of bananas are dropping!

  13. hungryandfrozen

    If I could, I’d honestly post you so many bananas from NZ where they’re very cheap, that you’d have enough to bake with, casually eat and work into some daring savoury dish, with enough leftover to fashion into a summery fascinator for your har.

    Musica Viva sounds cool – I do love classical music! And I love silly games even more. Volando’s a cool name, a good match in fact for my 14 year old self’s dream of meeting a man with the sexy name of Banquo (was studying MacBeth at the time)

  14. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice

    HELLO bananas! And mmm, the pumpkin curry looks so good. I can hardly resist a perfectly cooked and spiced pumpkin dish. No doubt it was among the best of the night.

    Love the retro pic, too. Cute. And approx 1/100th as dopey as I was. Lucky kid!

  15. Johanna GGG

    Pumpkin curry with a banana side dish sounds very exciting! In fact they say the price of bananas is coming down so maybe you can recreate the dish for us!

    That top photo of your and your brother is so cute – though I can’t wait to see the bowl cut and hear about your mum’s biryani story

  16. Winston

    What a great family reunion! My Indian meal is not normally complete if I haven’t got my Mango Lassi, actually haha. This place looks great! Need to find me some good Indian food now… =)

  17. Simply Life

    mmm…looks like a great meal out!

  18. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Your family is great 🙂 & those dishes look so fun and delicious. Yay for long lost bananas. I have a whole basket full right now, I went a bit mad when they came down to $10 per kilo. Oh, and Non Credo is a great name, you must be thrilled! To think it could have been something weird… 😛
    Heidi xo

  19. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    There are no words to express how much I love a good Mango Lassi.

  20. Tammy

    Oh Hannah, I agree that your dish won. It looks fabulous as does your dad’s mango drink. Soun like you’re having a lot of fun even with expensive bananas. But, Volando? My issue is what do we shorten it to since that what we Americans do. Vollie? Voldo?

  21. Jamee

    Those bananas look fantastic!! YUM. I can’t believe they’re so expensive in Australia. In the U.S., they’re probably the cheapest fruit you can buy. So interesting!

  22. Jamee

    PS yes, please do try and recreate the recipe!! *mouth waters*

  23. Ellie@fitforthesoul

    ahhh awesome!! I’ve always wanted to go see a classical music concert, but hopefully someday not too far in the future~ 😀 And the dishes…everything looks yummilicious Hannah! I love Chicken Byriani too.

  24. Kath Lockett

    “Non Credo! How many times have I told you that little sisters do NOT like being stapled to the pool table?!”

    “Volando, sweetie darling sweetie, is it really going to help prevent your bullies from attacking you by wearing leg warmers and a panama hat to school?”

  25. Helen (grabyourfork)

    Oh you and your brother haven’t changed a bit! And oh gosh, I remember Musica Viva concerts! I think the last time I went to one I had a terrible coughing fit. Tres embarrassing!

  26. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Hahaha, I love this! Volando at least sounds a bit like Orlando, a name which many people associate a handsome elf / pirate with. (Let’s hope it won’t be a girl. ;))

    I’m always reluctant to order food that has lemon flavor in it, and I can’t even tell why. Maybe just because I don’t like the idea of sour food? But I once had lemon flavored chicken at a tapas bar which was *by far* the best dish of the evening! 😀 So, I’m making my way to the lemon. 😉

    I still think E.TeacherLord is the best name of all. Allegretto would also be nice, though.

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  28. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I know exactly where you and your brother are standing in that photo from when you are kids because that is where I spend every summer! Got to love Malua Bay.

    I do enjoy a classical music concert but I’m ashamed to say that I’m more likely to fall asleep now than I was 15 years ago. Back then I lived at home and went to school. I was plenty rested. Now life is so busy that put me in a warm, dark room with lovely music and it is a recipe for sleep. Very frustrating!

  29. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    $3.50 for a banana?! Jesus H. Christ. I remember getting a really bad craving for strawberries when I visited Sydney and practically passing out when I saw the price. Yikes!

    Also, Volando = best name for a future child ever.

  30. Lauren

    Ignoring your heels, you two have maintained a shockingly consistent difference in height.

  31. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    I LOVE IT. I think a child named Volando would go far. Non credo…well, I’m not so sure about that one!

    Classical music concerts are wonderful! I might go see some Liszt performed this month…thanks for reminding me.

  32. Iron Chef Shellie

    nawwww i’m sure I have photos of me like that playing the piano too 😛
    too cute!