The weather was great for ours and we ate al fresco in the warm autumn Sydney sunshine. We ate Ricotta al forno, (and fillet steak for the carnivores) with green salad, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes and a soft white bread called 'damper' by the local bakery.
For dessert, I made an upside -down pear and ginger pudding, with custard (and ice-cream for the carnivores). It turned out quite well.
We finished off with Paddington chocolates (we used to live a few doors down from the original factory) and Mecca coffee.
We had quite a good talk about a wide range of topics, including some 'big issues' in our lives, although we didn't go too far into the murky underworld.
There were two mothers in attendance, mine, and my children's, and two sons, the senior one in both generations. Matt literally got out of his sick bed to attend and he even managed to get through most of the main course before he retired sick again. It was a day of mixed emotions, and mixed culinary success, but I think it was worth doing.
I had a purchased Conrad Torte 'up my sleeve' in case the pudding was inedible (and for I-suspect-he-doesn't-like-ginger-Matt; but he didn't make it as far as dessert), but it turned out to be redundant. Anyone want a second-hand German hazelnut-almond-chocolate cake?