We started at 1pm and the last guest did not leave until 7pm - now that is what I call a successful long lunch!.
I cooked up a storm of salads in the kitchen, whilst TraderVic cooked fabulously crunchy potatoes and a butterflied leg of lamb on the barbie - Yum! Yum! Yum!
We started with blinis with cream fraiche, smoked salmon and dill and also homemade pita bread crisps with dips, plus a glass of wine, of course.
Then it was onto the main course (the salads came from "Salades" by Damien Pignolet and "Food from many Greek kitchens" by Tessa Kiros).
Salad of Chickpeas, cucumbers and preserved lemons (very refreshing).
Risi e Bisi (Rice with peas and I even shelled fresh peas for this recipe - I haven't done that since I was a child!)
Pantzarosalata or Beetroot Salad
Yummy, crunchy roast potatoes (made by TraderVic).
And also made by TraderVic, roast lamb - yum! yum!
Dessert was Connossieur Vanilla ice cream with blackcurrants soaked in Creme de Cassis (a liquer) and a cheese platter.
Both the wine, the conversation and the laughs flowed for hours as we sat out on our deck and counted our blessings for living in this great country of ours.
(That's me on the right, going for the Bohemian look with my head band, hearts on my tank top and flowing red-checked pants - that you can't see.)
I was lucky enough to receive a few hostess gifts, some gorgeous flowers, herbs from my friend's garden and some sparkling red wine (no photo as we drank it all - lol!)
So, a fabulous day was had by all and I declare Australia Day 2017 to be a great success in our house!
I hope that all my Aussie friends had as much fun as I did.