The weather on Australia Day was beautiful. Sunny, hot, perfect for a barbie. Too bad we planned ours for the next day!
Still I felt like doing something on the day, so my housemate, her dog and I walked to Enmore Park to see what was on. I had just trained and feeling peckish, but didn’t have high expectations on the food offering. Yeah, there was Turkish pide, fairy floss and paella, but also a few interesting finds (with really crappy music on the background).
The Gourmet Rotisserie immediately caught our eye with their chickens on display. They offered both chicken and porchetta served in panini. A closer look at the menu revealed the magic words: gluten-free option, served on potatoes.
The Gourmet Rotisserie
Bonnie and I shared the porchetta served on potatoes with aioli and salad. It was good (nice crackling), although not precisely huge on flavours. We eat potatoes very sparingly so I’m glad when they are as good as those. I guess we can thank the aioli.
Porchetta on potatoes
There were two Mexican stalls. I found it cool that one of them emphasized the use of free range eggs and organic meats.
My husband would have gone nuts with the coconut man, who offered young coconuts to drink and/or eat and was also selling a handy perforating tool that apparently works both on young and mature coconuts. You still need a knife to expose the flesh, though.
Coconut & coconut openers
The rain on Sunday did not stop us from having an Aussie barbie. We had salads, lamb chops, beef burgers, homemade condiments and sauces (ketchup, macadamia oil mayo & aioli, a Venezuelan cousin of guacamole, and salsa verde made by a real Italian, Paola). My friends Susy and Jose brought some outstanding beef and sausages. He is Uruguayan and arrived with his own BBQ tools. Needless to say, he’s an expert!
Homemade condiments, pickles
Lamb chop, beef burgers
Gladys baked a delicious Paleo chocolate & banana cake with chocolate frosting.
Paleo chocolate & banana cake
Dessert number two (yes, we had two desserts) was an amazing apple crumble (a.k.a. scramble) that Bonnie made in the slow cooker.
Paleo chocolate & banana cake, slow-cooked apple crumble
We ate too much and drank too much. So yes, we had a great Australia Day.