So, it's a different sort of busy on Sundays now!
We are slowly packing up the house in readiness for moving.
And we haven't even got a new house yet! Hopefully we will by the end of the week. Or we might just have a little problem!
With most houses selling via Auction in Hamilton, it means timing is tricky AND TIGHT.
We are hoping to buy and move into the new house a week before we have to vacate this house... so we have a week to move things to the new house, and can make it less hectic.
So.. timing. MUST. BUY. NEW. HOUSE. VERY. SOON.
Steve is coming over today to do some more work on customizing the inside of his work van. I think he's bringing Dante with him which will be lovely.
OH... it's STEVE'S BIRTHDAY today... he's 29 today.
I'm going to be cooking pork belly for his birthday dinner... his choice. Which is neat as we all LOVE it!
2.33 pm: Well it's been fairly busy today. I've been down the road and bought more boxes, and done some more packing.
Lunch with Steve, Bex and the boys here... hot chip sandwiches!
Naughty but nice.
Bex has gone home with the little boys so they could have a nap. Steve is working on his van, with Griffin's help.
And I've just put the pork belly in the oven.
Should be ready around 6-6.30 pm.
My mind is running around all over the place, trying to keep everything sorted in me brain. What needs to be done now, what can wait, what moving companies to get quotes from, bla bla bla. It's a big job moving!
And because I'm such an 'organise freak'... I'm getting really tired trying to get everything done.
Stew is way more laid back. Lucky him.
ABOVE: Uncooked Pork Belly. It's the 'belly' strips from a pig. You rub oil and salt all over it and into the scoured lines. Slow bake it (around 180 C) for 4 hours, then turn the grill on and crisp up the skin.. being really careful NOT to burn it!
I serve it with apple sauce, gravy and vegetables. It is amazing how much the meat plumps up.
Photo of cooked pork belly to come...
ABOVE: Cooked pork belly... it was SO TENDER and moist! And the crackling was amazing.
After dinner we had a birthday cake:
ABOVE: Steve, being the dick he is, decided to LICK his candle out instead of blowing it.
The cake was the nicest, most moist cake we'd had in a long time. It wasn't too sweet either. It was a chocolate sponge with layers of chocolate cream. Yummm.
It has been a really lovely day. Going to bed early tonight as I'm really tired. Been doing lots of packing and sorting stuff out. Tiring stuff.