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A’s famous Ham and Baby Shower

Every year, our dear friend A makes her famous ham. A is a wonderful chef, and for those who knows her, would agree with me! I have often suggested that she goes on Masterchef as I believe she would do well, however, she claims that the pressure and stress is not something she would enjoy and living with people she has never met before would drive her mad. I would probably have to agree that the pressure and the stress would probably fail me! (Not that I would ever make it to the first rounds of Masterchef anyway!)

So when, S, T, L, and I received an email from A about her Ham night we all jumped for joy, as it is something that we have looked forward to every single year! Last year I missed out as I wasn’t in Sydney, so this year I was determined to go!

A’s ham is just absolutely superb, the smokey flavour, the texture, and the moistness are just wonderful. I remember one year she made mango chutney, and eaten with ham – WOW! Look at the glaze on the ham?

Below is a photo of when it has been slice into pieces – the slither of fat, the shininess of the glaze, I am craving it all over again. It is just wonderful. Thanks for the doggy bag home too – they were a great midnight snack!

Not to mention her potatoes, baked kipler potatoes cooked in duck fat – yes you heard me, duck fat! Crunchy outer skin and soft and tender insider, I couldn’t help but eat at least half a dozen of these! They were that good!

My contribution to the wonderful meal that evening was a rocket, pear and feta cheese salad. I completely forgot that A can’t eat feta cheese, she is pregnant and at the time baby B had not been born. The salad was light and refreshing – I have always loved the combination of pear and rocket, and thankfully the pear was soft – nothing worse than hard pear in salad!

Recipe for rocket, pear and feta cheese salad:

Ingredients

  • 300g wild rocket or normal rocket
  • 1.5 pear thinly sliced – core removed
  • 80g feta cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper for taste

Method:

  • Wash rocket leaves and draink
  • Place into a mixing bowl
  • Add in pear slices, salt, pepper, lemon juice and oil
  • Add feta cheese and mix well

L made these wonderful apple custard tea cake – cupcake like and they were incredibly moist and incredibly tasty. Eaten slightly warm and with Vanilla bean ice cream they were just to die for!

About a month and a half ago now, A had her baby shower. She invited a few of her closest girlfriends around for high tea. I can’t believe that at seven months pregnant she made all these wonderful dishes all by herself.

Caramel slice, lemon and blueberry tart and magnolia cupcakes (I can’t for the life of remember what flavours they were!).

The savouries – mini meat pies, just as good as those from Bourke Street Bakery and these chicken, corn, salad and mayo mini sandwiches. Both an absolutely delight!

Her famous lemon scones were just to die for, especially when hot and eaten with cream and jam – who doesn’t love a good scone?

A, congrats on the birth of your son B! I sure look forward to meeting him shortly and seeing him grow up.

Thanks for the wonderful ham night and the high tea – you are truly a wonderful cook! P is certainly a lucky man!