12.2.12

31


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

Enjoy!

11 comments:

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

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  2. Happy birthday for tomorrow Lady!

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

    xo em

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  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

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

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

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  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.

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  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

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
    xxx
    vic

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  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.

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

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

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