Taking photos of sunsets is one of my favourite things at any time of year but the most spectacular ones occur during Summer.
On the last weekend of July every year, many Melbourne institutions open their doors to the public. This year was the first year I’ve been able to go. The Myer Mural Hall was one of the buildings I wanted to see. It’s on the top floor of Myer Melbourne. The area on the top floor was set aside by the owner Sidney Myer when he built the flagship store. He used it as a ballroom for private fashion parades and exclusive events for the Melbourne elite. Nowadays it can be hired for weddings, cocktail parties. They also hold monthly high teas.
It’s a beautiful room with four murals on each of the eastern and western walls, a beautifully renovated staircase at one end with huge windows overlooking Bourke St Mall at the other end.
Last weekend my friend and I finally got to do a Spanish cooking course we first booked in January. Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond our control the course got rescheduled a couple of times. I wasn’t getting my hopes up but was really happy when the day arrived.
There were eight of us and we cooked in pairs. Each table had a single-burner stove on it and we cooked all the dishes on that stove. All the food preparation was done for us so we just needed to cook each course. We started with the Crema Catalina (Spanish version of Crème Brulee) because that had to set for an hour. Next was the crorquettas, then the pimientos and paella. Paella is one of my favourite dishes. At the end we sat at a communal table at the back of the restaurant and ate what we cooked. It was good to chat with the other ladies while we enjoyed our food. We really enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to going back to the restaurant.
Pimientos with black rice (my first time eating something cooked with squid ink)
Paella – absolutely delicious. Served with the restaurant’s secret paella spice mix.