Too Late for Lunch, Too Early for Dinner – It Must be Linner!

What’s not to love about lazy Sunday mornings – late morning sleep ins, lingering over coffee and newspapers, the Bondi to Bronte walk, a quick dip in the ocean. Before you know it, its midday. Time to contemplate lunch and what to feed a hungry crowd.

With the troops descending at 3pm, it wont be lunch, it wont be dinner, so as my teenagers like to say, it must be linner!  And today linner definitely proved to be a winner.

On lazy Sundays I love to cook Slow Oven Roasted Pork Belly complete with a crispy and crunchy crackling. An easy dish to prepare, which requires very little fuss – just a couple of hours in a slow oven.  To cut through the richness of the pork belly I served a crunchy coleslaw dressed with a simple vinaigrette and fresh picked herbs.  Simply delicious.

For dessert we had a very special treat. Homemade Mexican Paletas! They may look like your ordinary garden variety icy poles but these intense flavour bombs bursting with fresh fruit, sugar and spices are truly heaven on a stick.Thank you Fany Gerson(of NewYorkina fame) for sharing your authentic paleta recipes. I tweaked the recipes a little to accommodate ingredients available here in Australia – but the end results were divine! The flavours we sampled today were Strawberry with Balsamic and Lemon, and Raspberry with Hibiscus and Rose hip. This was such a successful first foray into paleta making that this evening I was inspired to try out  another two flavour variations – Roasted Banana with Chocolate and Rice Pudding with Cinnamon. They are sitting in the freezer as I type and am sure they wont last long tomorrow.


As soon as I get the opportunity, I will be sure to share these glorious recipes with you. No rest for the wicked!. Watch this space.

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