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This second batch (also from the Wednesday) were taken by Nina at Apples and Snakes  – not only a marvellous marketing maestro but clearly a dabhand with the camera too. Thanks Nina!

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Right, that’s it for now – should have some video to stick up in the not too distant future!

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Throughout the project we’ll be asking people to contribute their ideas for what they think are the key ingredients for a classic family gathering. To get the series going, here are some suggestions from our wonderful young writers:

burnt food and too much of it.
Alcohol.Embarrassing Stories.
Awkwardness (eg. Flatulence blamed on Gran)
Games. Half finished sentences. Spillages.
Arguments (the logical progression from games)
The telly always on. drunken arguments that
are resolved and then repeated throughout the evening.
Awkward silences followed by awkward forced questions.
No one at the table at the same time.
Excess, nostalgia, status battles, storytelling.
The knowledge that it’s safe to laugh at everyone
because they’ll all laugh with you.

Feel free to add your own by commenting on this post…

PS – look out for some of these ingredients appearing in and around the cafe itself as our transformation begins to take shape!

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On my first day meeting the kitchen staff in the Albany cafe I really enjoyed chatting to Filomena. One of the two ‘poetic recipes’ she helped me put together is for Portugese Rice Pudding…

“You need a special spoon,
that’s one of the secrets.
Really, I shouldn’t give it away,
my grandmother, she never told anyone when she is alive.
And you need a special pot too,
you can’t use it for anything else, only rice pudding.
Put a skin of lemon, zest
A stick of cinnamon, 2 spoons of butter,
boil it. I do by eye,
but normally you put one mug of rice, broken rice.
and let’s say three mugs of water.
cook it slowly, it’s for weddings,
birthdays, all celebrations!
A very famous Portugese tradition.
Once it’s cooked, the rice
add milk, a lot of milk, about three mugs
boil it, add sugar, a lot
yes, A LOT mate, about three mugs,
or more, it depends on your taste
I know my portions ’cause I done it for so many years.
I just made it for Christmas,
I gave it to my daughters boyfriend’s family
they never had anything like it before.
Add four egg yellows, the yolk, but with sugar
and slowly, slowly add into the pan
And then some custard,
but you have to make the custard yourself.
You add the custard, it’s simple
nice and easy, but a nice sweet, lovely.”

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