Jo and I have realised that this is the 4th 4th for the both of us (she scored one in Hawaii when she was little). We are planning a very quiet weekend all round. I spent most of the day cooking (roasting tomatoes for pasta sauce, ham bones needed to be turned into stock, more pickles - sweet turnip and chili this time - and now for some crazy reason I am roasting lamb shanks and vegies even though it is 40C outside). Tomorrow we have a few friends coming over for a swim in the pool and a quiet dinner so I'm planning a light Asian influenced banquet of tsukemono, shiitake kushiyaki and tsukune (chicken meatballs), mango salad (lots of fresh mint, coriander, avocado, cucumber, palm heart and lime leaves with a Thai style dressing), inari and whatever else I happen to come up with on the day. Should be fun to put together!
I just wanted to share a few pics to celebrate the 4th and show off just how cool my workplace is. Firstly we had a huge BBQ even for everybody at work last week with lots of good food, drink and competitions - including the 'decorate your flip flops' contest!
Another of the contests was the famous water balloon toss! Where you take a willing partner, stand out in the searing heat and toss a water balloon at each other across increasingly large distances. You are out when the balloon busts (but in the heat wet=happy so everyone wins) Hilarious to watch!
Top two pics show the final catch by the reigning champs (softball girls, they make it look so easy!) and the final splash (orange shirt)
Then this week one of the girls at work decorated her section of office hallspace and was offering apple pie and coke to celebrate the 4th!