I turn the big 31 tomorrow, and we had a lovely (joint effort) lunch with family today. My little sister baked her famous red velvet cake and also threw some melting moments in to the mix - the reason I am going to bed without needing dinner tonight.

The messy aftermath of the delicious barbecued ocean trout my Mum brought to the table.

A really yummy salad made my big sister (see the recipe below).

Something to finish off the festivities. After all, you're never too old for a strawberry pinata filled with Hubba Bubba and Redskins, right? I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - the two kids in attendance, or the ten adults.

I sure feel like a very lucky 31 year old. Here's the yummy salad recipe:

Bean & Asparagus Salad from the Ottonenghi cook book:
800 g mixed green (French) beans, snow peas and asparagus spears - blanched quickly in salted water and dropped in cool water to keep colour and some crunch.
Mix with remaining ingredients;
120 g whole hazelnuts roasted and chopped coarsely (remove husk)
1 garlic clove crushed
1/2 skin of an orange - fine zest strips (no white)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons nut oil (hazelnut ideal)
1/2 cup of chives chopped into 1 cm lengths
salt & pepper to taste



  1. Happy Birthday darling girl! what a big year you have ahead! thanks for the recipe. EVERY party needs a pinata!! x

  2. Happy birthday for tomorrow Lady!

    Enjoy the slumber of a youthful woman with a full belly!

    xo em

  3. Happiest day to you! I bet your belly will be bigger tomorrow as a consequence of baby falling in love with red velvet cake x

  4. have a great birthday - great yummy pics there. looks like you have some talented cooks in your family!

  5. happy birthday lovely briar! that cake looks divine and i'm uber jealous of your strawberry pinata! have a wonderful day. xx

  6. Happy birthday. What more can one say after all that birthday goodwill and food. Oh, that delicious family-cooked food. And a strawberry pinata, to boot. Sunny Sunday days indeed.

  7. Happy Birthday! I remember we were that close in days. Yep- 3.1. kinda crazy. Congrats on ticking of some major life goals before this. Have a great great day. Sara


  9. Happy Birthday! I must say that Finn eyeing the cake is a priceless snap .So glad you had a lovely day surrounded by those you love.

  10. Happy big 3-1 Briar! That cake looks bloody delicious. Hope you had a great day!

  11. Looks like you had a fabulous birthday lunch! Thanks for sharing the salad recipe. It seems delicious!


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