So my husband’s 30th Birthday is coming up soon, well when I say soon I mean the middle of May. But seeing as it’s a big one we thought we should have a big party over on our new block. Enter the Queen of Planning... ie. ME. Now of course we plan on having a typical country shin-dig and have not only a big bonfire (if the season permits it), but a pig on a spit and maybe a band as well, all under the brilliant night sky and the soon to be built machinery shed.
This most recent Sunday afternoon saw us chilling out on the lounge watching Season 3 of River Cottage Australia, something both hubby and I love. In fact we love all those types of shows, River Cottage and of course Gourmet Farmer, shows that embody our plans for our new property and the lifestyle we’d like to have. Now this particular episode showcased Paul ‘whipping up’ a gorgeous looking stuffed pig on a spit and at almost the exact same time hubby and I looked at each other and went “We need to do that for your birthday!”. Now don’t get me wrong, we’ve cooked our fair share of beasts on spits, but it was the de-boning and stuffing of said beast that had us all excited. You can find the fabulous, yet simple recipe we’ll be using here.
I promptly jumped onto the shows website and looked up the recipe for the stuffing he used, which required large bundles of fresh Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano and Parsley… all things we had plenty of in our veggie beds in Perth, but sadly not here. Naturally this prompted the hubby to just nip down the shops to the local nursery and buy up a heap of said herbs to pop into the empty garden beds in our courtyard.
Now you might ask, especially since I have a tendency to reminisce about our veggie beds in our old house, why haven’t we planted up these beds before and had fresh grown veg again? Well there’s a couple of reasons actually.
- We were never sure how long we’d be renting this house and now that our new build will be going ahead any day now there isn’t much point going too crazy and planting a heap.
- The courtyard that the beds were built in is a relative furnace and does not do too well, especially in this summer heat.
I think for the short run though, of mass producing a pile of herbs for a one off occasion, we can make it work. So here we are planting a dozen parsley seedlings in the vein hopes we can grow enough before May to stuff a pig. It should be fun.
Gotta say, I am excited. I love planning parties and this year I have plenty to organize and look forward to. I’ve already chosen the invites, written the guest list and started looking at bands… well you can’t say I’m not prepared! I think, for now though, I might give it a break… I do have a couple more months before I have to worry too much more.
Now all I have to do is organize the hubby’s birthday present… because that won’t be hard! Don’t you just hate buying for men?
Any suggestions for a great 30th Birthday present? Let me know below!