Right - the weather is still soooo average, (come on spring, enough of this muggy gloom!) but I was feeling like having some friends round for dinner, so was after something that would feel a bit more summery, but still be super-satisfying and tasty. I was also keen to try out these new flat iron steaks that Silver Fern Farms kindly sent to me - I know my way around a slow-cooked piece of meat, and can cook the perfect eye fillet steak (sounds cocky I know, but it's pretty true) but I'm usually a bit tentative about cooking a barbecue style steak (memories past of tough steaks). These ones are selected using Silver Fern Farms' Eating Quality System so are 'guaranteed to be tasty and tender' - and they really were. My lovely sister-in-law popped in to borrow spare dinner plates for a gathering (as you do) while I was taking them for a test run, with perfect timing just as I was loading up a taco - and the first thing she said was 'oooh the meat's so tender!' - haha - could have been scripted! Anyhoo - just follow the cooking instructions (3 minutes each side then rest for 5) and you can't go wrong - loaded up with pre-prepared black bean mole, fresh tomatoes, avocados and slaw with some limey mayo (crema) they were bloody delicious.
In other news - I was a very proud mum at Rich's graduation dinner last Friday night - yeeha it was so much fun - sadly Nick was in Shanghai (arriving home this morning!) so missed it, but Rich and I got ourselves smartened up and had a fabulous night. Such a milestone - they seem to be flying past at the moment...and next year we will be actual empty nesters - omigod! It just made me think of a hilarious conversation we had with the boys when out for dinner (at Coco's Cantina in Auckland - so good), last time Henry was up. Rich declared that we were obviously heading for mid-life crises based on recent (not that outrageous) behaviour - but I explained that we had actually always been up for a bit of fun, but we always tempered ourselves so as not to set a bad example for our beloved children. Well it's too late for that any more so we can relax slightly! The best bit was when Henry mused that he thought we probably would have been friends had we all been born at the same time - and that completely made my day :)