Monday, 11 June 2012

Escape the City- 1000 Steps and Some Fresh Air!

The long weekend calls for a bit of fun, catching up with friends, catching up on cleaning and washing (if only this wasn't the case!), and a chance to escape the city!

So after completing the first three items, today (Queen's birthday here in the Eastern Australian states) was a chance to get out of the city and get some fresh air. The boyfriend and I decided to head to the Dandenongs to do the Kokoda Memorial Track and 1000 Steps. Many friends have told me about it so thought it was finally time to get out there and do the walk.

And many other people seemed to have the same idea because it was so busy. After all the recent rain it was muddy and slippery but oh so beautiful.

Stunning cool temperate forest
So while we were rugged up with bushwalking gear on, there were all types doing the 1000 steps. Fitness fanatics in their latest Lulu Lemon and Nike gear, tourists wearing brand new white sneakers, and city folk in trendy suede boots and long flowing dresses. I am not sure if everyone was prepared for the wet muddy grounds but very glad we rugged up as it was very cold out of the light of the sun.

A very old very big tree
After skipping the 1000 Steps on the way up, not because I was worried about making it, but because it was so busy, we wandered off onto the 'Nature Track', where we stumbled across this very big tree. There was hardly anyone around so we took our time to take in the scenery. At the top we came across 'One Tree Hill' which reminded me a lot of that TV Show with the same name.

Someone with a sense of humour added this sign "This is the one".
So I think this is the tree One Tree Hill was named after.
After walking back down the 1000 Steps, we were worn out and ready for a big dinner. So, on the menu tonight, care of one very talented man in the kitchen, was Moroccan Inspired Lamb Meatballs.

Meat Balls
500g lamb mince
1 egg
1 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/3 cup rice crumbs
2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
plain flour
2 tbsp olive oil


1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 tbsp tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup bolognese sauce
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

To make the meat balls, combine the lamb mince, egg, garlic, spices, rice crumbs and thyme in a bowl until it comes together. If needed, add more rice crumbs until a good consistency is created. On a clean bench sprinkle plain flour. Form the meat mixture into 3-4cm diameter balls and roll in the plain flour. When all balls are finished, heat a pan to medium heat with the olive oil and cook the balls.

When all the balls are cooked, add the extra onion and garlic to the pan and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until brown. Add the tomato paste, bolognese sauce and spices to the pan and cook for 10 minutes.

Serve with pasta. Mmmmm!

Moroccan inspired lamb meat balls and a glass of vino tinto!
What a great end to a long weekend!

1 comment:

  1. That so out does our quiet little weekend, I was just hoping to get the first three items done, and then get on with the to do list... But our weekend had other plans- I like yours better!