It’s another sunny Sunday in Sydney and my friends Ben and Ang took me out to celebrate my birthday, doing my favourite things – visiting nurseries and lunching at Sprout’s.
At Four Seasons Nursery we were treated to a display of the new hybrid magnolias from New Zealand. The flowers were bigger than our heads! A bee was burrowing itself inside one of the blooms and after having its fill, it could hardly take off.
To show the size of those flowers Ben had to lend a hand: this one made up for its smaller size with a richer colour:
Ang was not to be outdone and got into the act:
The large blooms reminded me of the lotus, ‘floating lotus’ Ben said and he was right.
We stopped off at Bunnings’ Hardware before lunch. They have a nursery there too and I bought a punnet of overgrown broadbeans seedlings just for their black and white flowers. They were marked down to 20 cents!
At Sprouts I ordered the house fritters of feta, kale, chilli and mint served with a cucumber and tomato salad and a yoghurt dressing. I loved the garnish of micro greens too.
Ang’s order was equally delicious; I know because we swapped portions of our meals :)
He had a tabbouli made with kale and quinoa served with chickpea falafel, tahini dressing and a hempseed zaatar.
Ang and I both attacked Ben’s choice of buckwheat pancakes served with cashew cream, apple and blueberry compote and sweet pistachio dukkah.
Well satiated, we had to take a walk to help settle our tummies before heading home. Thank you, A&B for a lovely feast for all our senses. I am fortunate to have friends like you. I should offer you a bouquet but this one is the size of a bunch of flowers :)