food. red coconut curry lentil and sweet potato soup.

As soon as Nate said "best soup you've ever made", I jumped on my laptop to share the recipe. Seriously, I'm pretty impressed with this Donna Hay recipe. From the original photo in the magazine, I thought - oh, recipe said no cream but I think we'll need to get some. That is certainly not the case. This delicious and healthy soup recipe is the perfect cool night dish. Open a bottle of wine (our choice was a 2009 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy) and enjoy.

Red Coconut Curry Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves, crushed
3cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1/4 cup Thai Red Curry Paste
3 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
1 x 400 ml (about 13 ounces) can coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 x 400 ml cans of lentils, cooked and drained
1/2 cup coriander (cilantro) leave, finely chopped

vacation. day one.

Nate and I were finally able to get away for a belated anniversary trip. Kicking off our vacation, Nate set up one night in the city and dinner at press*. It was amazing - delicious drinks, delicious food, fun atmosphere - our type of date night. We'll be adding press* to our date night list.

drinks to kick off vaca

wine pick of the night | oakridge, yarra valley 

entree | beef tartare, aioli, toast
entree | zuchinni, persian feta, mint

my main | roast pork belly, roasted carrot puree, confit onion
the crispy skin on the pork belly was so good - I could have eaten that all night and been completely happy

side | brussels sprouts, hazelnuts

nate's main | lamb shanks, potato puree, carrots, parsnips

dessert | bomb alaska

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