Best Western

8 sleeps ’til Christmas! I’ve had the most mental lovely couple of weeks. We set up our Christmas tree, visited the Myer windows and I’ve been on a catering frenzy: 50 cupcakes, 60 meatballs, 4 cakes, 2 kilos of chutney, a kilo of ugly but super delicious Syrian red pepper, pomegranate and walnut dip (see below), and a huge load of Keema mattar (to take on our upcoming camping trip). Also somehow squeezed in some work, Christmas parties, gift shopping and present-wrapping. I need a nap.
I also spent an entire day cruising the Wild West. I live in Melbourne’s south, and last year I lead a group of Western and Northern suburbs lovely lady friends on an op-shop crawl of my area. Our Yarraville pal reciprocated recently with a sight-seeing daytrip around the West. We’ve become a group of little old ladies with our self-organised tours!
Our Western excursion started with tacos at La Tortilleria in Kensington. Melbourne peeps, if you’ve not eaten there yet, run! Afternoon tea was the holiest cannoli at T Cavallaro and Sons in Footscray – just look at that perfect crunchy pastry and glistening custard!
We finished our day with a stroll through Little Saigon Market and Sweet Grass Bonsai, fabric shopping at Maze and Vale (how cute is the mushroom fabric?) and a spot of junk hunting (I scored a magnificent Viking tapestry).
Our friend Andrew, one of my favourite cooks, had toiled in the kitchen while we were out and laid on an amazing dinner of Puy lentil and fig salad, falafel and teeny quail eggs with dukkah and za’atar (photo below). All in all, a jam-packed, perfect day!
I’m guessing it’s a crazy time of year for you too? Wishing you all the very best for whatever you’re celebrating; Christmas, Mawlid al-Nabi, Chanukah or Summer/Winter Holidays! xx

Christmas tree!Syrian red pepper, pomegranate and walnut dipLa Tortilleria, KensingtonLa TortilleriaCavallaro and sons cannoliCavallaro and sons, FootscrayMaze and Vale fabricVintage viking tapestryQuail eggs and dukkah