We decorated anything that stayed still on our boat, even Braandi got some, she had a headband with dual flags and a bow tie with the Australian flag. Unfortunately they didn’t last too long, she kept going underneath the chairs so her head band ended up getting broken, I don’t think she was bothered about it.
The boys all joined in the fun, some swimming, all drinking some getting towed and 1 brave soul, swam over to play on the trampoline with the little kids, he did have to be rescued.
Everybody that came contributed to the day, we had a tossed salad from Olivia & Lee, potato salad and mini quiche from Louise & Shane and Kelly, El made lamingtons, both chocolate and strawberry and some special lamingtons with NO coconut for Tash, Ben, El’s partner made salted caramel truffles that were divine, Kyel and Tash brought the sausages and rolls and everyone brought their own drinks. with the exception of Lorraine & Perry, they brought their drinks the next day, swings & merry go rounds, we have enough on their boat at different times and Mr John, who was a last minute visitor. We did a fruit platter, garlic chilli prawns made with my special chilli sauce, they were spectacular, Grumpy’s cacciatore with mint sauce, icy poles (Grumpy only put a handful in the freezer), and my famous true blue dinky di Shepherds pies, picture and recipe below.
The girls were far more sedate and sat on the front of the boat drinking most of the time.
The girls obviously hid their glasses of drink for the photos, oh wait, they got their drinks after the photos.
Lee’s True blue, dinky di Aussie Shepherds pies
makes 75 mini shepherds pies
1 kg diced lamb steak
2 onions diced
2 tspn mixed herbs
2 tspns Worcestershire sauce
1 sachet Continental Shepherds pie
1 tin of tinned tomatoes – diced
1 tspn EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 packet of wontons (Aussie true blue ones obviously, I got mine from the Asian shop near work)
1 kg mashing potatoes
Olive oil spray
Mini muffin trays
1ltr water for potatoes
Salt for the potatoes
PREPARATION FOR THE WONTONS
Precook the wontons
Heat the oven to 180°C
I am lazy so didn’t butter them, I sprayed the mini muffin pans with plenty of Olive oil cooking spray
Place the wontons into the muffin pans, ensuring that the corners don’t touch
spray the top of the wontons liberally with olive oil spray
cook them in the oven until the are slightly brown, I can’t give a time, I just kept checking them.
I cooked this recipe in the thermomix, don’t tell Grumpy
Mince meat gently – YOU WANT LUMPS IN IT
add 250g of lamb steak to TMX bowl and mince on speed 10 for 10 seconds,
take this mince out and continue until all meat has been minced
Cut onions in 1/4 and put in the TMX bowl
Dice onions for 3 seconds speed 4
Saute onions with EVOO for 2 minutes 100°C speed 1
add mixed herbs and saute another 2 minutes 100°C speed 1
Add worcestershire sauce, tinned tomatoes, meat and packet
cook for 20 minutes 100°C speed 1
Peel and dice 1kg potatoes
add to TMX bowl
DON’T FORGET THE SALT ( I FORGET EVERY TIME)
Cook for 22 minutes 100°C speed 1
check the potatoes after cooking time to ensure not too soggy
if they are cook for another couple of minutes with the MC off
PUT THEM TOGETHER
Spoon the meat into the cooled wontons
Spoon the mashed potato on top of the meat
Place the trays in the oven approx 180°C and cook for until browned on the top