On Wednesday I had the best surprise because 'finally' dear friend Wendy had a day to spare and could come north to visit!
Our little sewing group have not had time with Wendy since Heather's birthday last August and five months between catch ups really is toooooo long.
We only had a day's notice that we could meet up so Wendy drove the 100 klms to my house, and from there I took us another 25 klms north to Heather's house for some relaxed stitching and some fun in the kitchen.
I've been promising the girls for about two years that I'd bake them some of Nana's Rice Pudding and guess what, I actually kept my promise this time - they are so patient and forgiving. In fact, I even made some fresh apple jelly (jello) to serve with it. (recipe later)
Heather is a great hostess, and her home exudes 'welcome'...
She even let me wear her favourite apron, which has polka dot pockets and pom pom trim!
(I tried to sneak it home with me but she has eagle eyes, you know...)
After some of Heather's yummy cake for morning tea, sandwiches for lunch, and wonderful cappuccinos, I set about preparing the dessert I'd brought...
Wendy snapped photos between fits of laughter...
...and pretty soon I was ready to serve!
Nana's baked rice custard, fresh apple jelly, fresh mango and blueberries...
We missed Barb as this get-together was such short notice, but when an opportunity to catch up with Wendy comes along we grab it.
If you want to make my very quick fresh apple jelly (jello) the recipe is below the photo...
These are Australian measures-
400 ml of fresh apple juice
(or the 100% cloudy kind like Nudie Juice that you find in the cold section of the supermarket -you can also make this using fresh orange juice)
100 ml boiling water
1 tablespoon powdered gelatine
Dissolve the gelatine in the boiling water.
Pour the apple juice into the gelatine water and stir well.
Place in your blender for 30 seconds (this creates the foam top, kind of like marshmallow!)
Pour into a tray to set. This takes about 15 -20 minutes.
US measures are: 1¾ cups of juice / 7 tablespoons boiling water / 4 teaspoons gelatine powder
Good friends, good food, a welcoming home. You can't ask for more.
Hopefully next time all four of us can catch up.