Saturday, 23 September 2017

Oh, Happy Day!!

Readers who have been following my blog regularly know that I absolutely love birthdays; they are a sort of small personal holiday celebration.

A couple of months ago it was my birthday and I wanted to celebrate by doing something special. No huge plans, just spoil myself along with a glass of bubbles, delicious tapas and a glorious cake! And be in good company.

In the evening, we went out for one last drink at Le Verre à Monique, a speakeasy cocktail bar.

I had a marvellous time and feel grateful to have such wonderful people around me. This was such a fun small party and I had a blast, so that is all that matters!

As for my look, I wore an azure dress for my party, which I had fallen in love with at first sight in the shop window. I paired it with these red sandals and my favourite bracelets...

Sweetheart’s birthday card. The first one I opened was from him, just before his trip.

Gifts...books, beauty products, home décor items, clothes...and this stunning bouquet of flowers from my lovely sister...

For the table decoration, I used a white table cloth and napkins; I picked some Evelyne Dahlias, Daisies and a Fittonia plant in the market. Then I added some candles…

For the food, I kept it simple and tasty. We had a variety of “summer appetisers”

Skewers of melon with Serrano ham

Cherry tomato, mozzarella, olive and basil skewers

Salmon, avocado grapefruit and St-Môret rolls

Tuna fish empanadas

Duck mousse toasts (walnut bread)

For drinks - the day was very warm so cold bubbles were welcome - we had sparkling wine (Freixenet Ice and Café de Paris) and fruity chilled rosé…

I was very specific on what I wanted my cake to look like. I wanted a chocolate and berry cake with a chocolate ganache. I made one from “The Australian Women’s Weekly” cookbook - awesome cakes! I adapted it by completely covering the cake with a thick chocolate ganache, then I decorated it with blackberries, currants and strawberries. I must admit that I was truly proud of this cake, which was extraordinarily delicious. Probably the most delicious chocolate cake I had tasted in ages.