New friends are a wonderful find. I've recently sparked up a friendship with a couple who are new to the Rad and although the link might be distant, we get on like a house on fire.
Kristie and Andy are from Sydney and I've made it my mission to prove to them what a great place Adelaide is.
I had them over for dinner last week with another couple and cooked up a comforting winter treat for the five of us.
Baked camembert | Osso bucco | Maple pears
The baked camembert was a hit - kind of a posh fondue! I took the skin off the top of the cheese, left it in its wooden box and stuck some slivers of garlic and a few rosemary pieces into the top. Then, with the leftover rosemary stems, I whittled away the greenery except for a few sprigs at the end and threaded on some chunks of bread before splashing it with olive oil and sea salt and baking with the cheese - about 20 mins.
Shame it was so good - I didn't even get a chance to take a photo!
The maple pears were also a lovely treat - thin slices of pear brushed with butter and covered in demerara sugar, then fried until caremalised, stacked on the plate and drizzled with maple syrup and a dollop of King Island honey and cinnamon yoghurt (so so good!)
Such a lovely evening. And don't you love my strip of imperial trellis fabric? $2 a metre from Spotlight!