Spoilt rotten this weekend. After an all day bake-athon, the car was packed and ready for a few days away. Off to stay in Benalla with friends, with plans to visit the Autumn Festival in nearby Bright.
A gorgeous weekend, with the loveliest hosts and filled with lots of fun.
While husband took to the Rail Trail and rode an enormous distance on his bike, we drove through as back up crew, meeting up for a leisurely lunch in Myrtleford, then on to Bright and up to a rather chilly Mount Buffalo.
Sadly I came away with very few photos. Heavy rain, umbrella carrying and kid hand holding are my excuses (that and the fact that I seemed to be permanently eating or drinking all weekend).
Beautiful vistas though.
Farmers Markets were too good to pass up, and these super-sized, super fragrant Sensation Pears are now bubbling away on the stove. Whilst I would normally choose small pears for desserts, these large ones are ideal for a Spiced Pear Paste, made using a very adapted recipe, loosely based on Stephanie Alexander's Quince Paste, but using ingredients similar to those in Maggie Beer's Pear Paste.
The combination of star anise, lemon, cinnamon and pear is just heavenly.
Our nature table is loaded with leaves and acorns, pumpkins and gourds. The fridge is filled with persimmons and chestnuts, fresh churned butter and sweet little blue eggs bought from local providors.
On another, totally unrelated note, I think my new favourite colour may well be purple.
Or perhaps pink. Again.