Do you know it’s International Ice cream month? No? well, you do now…
It just so happens July is also Deanna’s birthday month. What better way to celebrate than having an ice cream party. It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of winter here in Melbourne, ice cream is always welcome with my family.
Deanna was lucky enough to create her very own flavour to celebrate. Harry’s ice cream asked us to create a flavour that they would make for us in their factory in Brunswick. After many discussions between Deanna and myself, we came up with…
Cotton Candy ice cream with marshmallow pieces and strawberry swirl. It definitely is a fun flavour with a touch of a princess :)
Along with the Cotton candy ice cream, we were also sent Pavlova and sticky date flavoured ice creams. O.M.G. that sticky date! I had various toppings that our guests were able to add.
We had our family over to help celebrate and had lots of fun doing it.
As a person who is always working, it is hard to find time for family and friends. I have dedicated quality time with my husband and my children. For readers who follow me on twitter and Instagram, you will know I have the hash tags #mummyanddaughtertime and #familytime where we go to the park or do some baking together.
When possible, I try to make time for friends, though it can be hard sometimes. I've missed on a lot of feasts and celebrations. So when I had the opportunity to host an afternoon high tea, I jumped at the chance and planned straight away.
The usual gang of food bloggers came along and brought their treats with them. I am so lucky to have friends that know and CAN bake. Needless to say, there was sugar overload and had great conversations about all things, including the ingenuity of the whoopie cushion.
Here's some of the goodies that we ate that day.
I made some sandwiches and the infamous hotdog and cheese :)
My three days of eating was full of not only food but was full of family, love and laughter.
The past few months have been a really busy time. Christmas, this time has been dedicated to spending quality time with the family. Time goes so fast and I don’t want to miss any part of it. Working 7 days a week at the shop can make that a little difficult but I’ve learnt to make time for not only with my husband and children but also with my mum and dad.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas, just like me.
My Christmas celebrations started a month before. I held my annual Christmas Cocktail party for family. You can see the post here.
I started my Christmas baking two weeks before the big day. I wanted the house to be filled with the smell of Christmas. I found a recipe for cute mini chocolate pudding cookies. You can get the recipe here. With the left over cookie dough I made black and white cookies and tea cup cookies.
I made mini gingerbread houses for the family to decorate. I think the children did a better job than I did.
Noche Buena was held at my parent’s house. Dad worked hard on the barbequed lamb, pork and pork tocino (sweetened cured pork) and all was beautiful and delicious. Mum also had roasted chicken maryland and cooked up an amazing paella. Sis in law and I made salads to complete the feast.
For dessert, my cousin brough along a box of sweet mangoes. Sis in law made a delicious chocolate and honey cashew bombe wtih mocha sauce.
My contribution was a Christmas Wreath pavlova. I got the idea from Donna Hay’s Magazine, Christmas issue however, I decorated mine with fruit with Christmassy colours.
After the children opened their Christmas stocking presents, we started the day off with waffles with crispy bacon and maple syrup. Hubby made a buck’s fizz for me to drink while I cooked up breaky.
The chidren then opened up their main presents. Santa was very kind to them this year. To see some of their presents, you can go to Deanna’s blog post here.
For our Christmas lunch, we had goose. I used Jamie Oliver’s recipe. So easy and so tasty. Our sides consisted of roast potatoes cooked in beef dripping, cauliflower cheese, corn cobs, pigs in a blanket, mashed swede and carrot and brussel sprouts with bacon. Needless to say, we were completely full after our lunch.
For dessert, we had choc-honeycombe ice-cream pudding. A quick and easy cake, I adapted from super food ideas Magazine, December issue. Hubby also had my Christmas cake which I started 2 months ago. It’s the usual recipe I use, which you can get here, but I added chocolate chips to this one just to change it up a bit.
For late supper, we had my home made country pate with Cheddar cheese and crustini. I made the pate about 4 days before. I try to make this every Christmas so it’s sort of a Christmas tradition in my house now.
Boxing day is traditionally spent at my mother in law’s. As we don’t get to see her on Christmas day, the Moore families head over to her house to celebrate a late Christmas. She put on a lovely spread of roast turkey and ham, assorted roasted vegetables. As usual, we go home with full bellies.
For dessert we had a mango cheesecake and a pavlova. Yum.
As you can see my Christmas was fabulously filled with delicious food and fantastic company.
Last Sunday was a big day for our family. It was the day my son, Thomas was Baptised.
My son was definitely a star on the day. He didn’t cry during the ceremony and most importantly didn’t cry when he was getting baptised with the holy water. I think he knew the significance of the moment and was quietly taking it all in.
The star of the feast was the lechon.(whole suckling pig). I was so excited about eating this. When dad walked through the door carrying the pig there were lots of “oooh” and “aaahh”s from the guests.
Roast pig. YUM! The meat was tender and flavourful. The skin was so crispy
For hor d’oeuvres : salad wrapped in prosciutto with honey and mustard dressing and prawn cocktail.
A few weeks ago was Hubby’s Birthday. We celebrated his birthday all weekend long.
His actual birthday fell on a Friday and we both had the day off. We took our 2 children and spent the day at the Royal Melbourne Zoo. You can see Deanna’s post on her blog here.
Since the food at the zoo is somewhat limited to junk food and is quite expensive, I decided to pack a lunch for us. I made a Muffuletta. See my post on how to make it. It’s such perfect picnic food. It so tasty and healthy and easy to take too.
That night we had his family over for a barbeque. We recently fixed up our barbeque to it’s original glory. We neglected it for a number of years and I decided that I would like to start enjoying using it once again while the weather is perfect for it.
For dessert, Hubby opted for Eton Mess, instead of the traditional birthday cake. I used the opportunity to use my Cook Book Challenge theme for that week. You can see my post here.
For the following night, I managed to get a booking for dinner at Middle Park Hotel. It opened to raving reviews and having seen the offal salad on the menu, there was no other choice to dine for his birthday. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed every morsel. You can read what we ate here. We even got a birthday Tweet from Chef Paul Wilson, himself.
On the Sunday night, it was my family’s turn to come over for dinner. This time, Hubby requested a curry. He LOVES curry and it is my life’s mission to find the best curry I can. I think I’m getting close with the one I cooked for him on this day. I have been asking around from my friends. Once I perfect it, I will definitely post.
I also used this opportunity to catch up on my Cook Book Challenge. I missed out on the first 3 weeks of the challenge and have been trying to catch up. Week 2 was the Indian theme. I decided to make Mango Lassi from Keith Lloyd’s book.
This time, decided to bake him a cake. After all, it is his birthday. I don’t know if it’s a phase or not, but Hubby is really addicted to Lego at the moment. Most particularly, Star Wars Lego. So I thought it appropriate to make his birthday cake in the shape of Lego. The actual cake is Lemon cake. I made a large sheet and 12 mini cupcakes and joined them together.
All in all, I think Hubby had a great birthday this year. He was able to spend it with family and great food.
Every year the weekend before Christmas I hold my Annual Christmas Cocktail Party for my family. Naturally, I cook the food, which leaves Hubby in charge of the bar. Like me, he tries different recipes every year. This year he made Mulled wine. This was the first time we both tasted Mulled wine and it was… different.
Here are a few pics of what was on offer on the night.