It's that time of year again...summer is coming to an end, other things are beginning, and it's my birthday today - but I already had a very small celebration last weekend. Most of my friends a) don't live here anymore, b) just left town (most people leave at the end of summer), or c) couldn't make it, however, it was a wonderful day with family and a few close friends.
The day started with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to my door, from my hunny - the perfect centerpiece for dinner! Oh how I love flowers!
But no time to rest - it was time to get into the kitchen. One of my favourite things about any kind of entertaining is preparing the food (whats new?). My mom offered to "attempt a raw cake, if she got Carmella to walk her thought it", LOL, but I assured her that I really didn't mind making my own birthday cake. In fact, it was the perfect opportunity to re-test a few desserts that'll be in the book.
For appetizers I made: a batch of fresh salsa to go with raw crackers/ chips...
We needed delicious drinks too, of course, so I made Strawberry/watermelon daquiris: watermelon, frozen strawberries, bit of pineapple, and vodka, blended together. Mmmm, these were so creamy, sweet and frosty!
Me and one of my best friends, Marcy. We ate dinner down on the dock - it was the most beautiful evening!
My hunny is a goofball - can you tell? ;)
Taking into account that not everyone wants just raw vegan food, for the main course there was bbq chicken, potatoes, garlic bread, salad, and eggplant as my "chicken". After all the appys, drinks, and dinner, we were pretty full...so let our food settle a bit before having cake.
I was showered with wonderful gifts, including new "goodies" for entertaining. Darwin knows me well! New serving platters in funky shapes, and these really neat circular rings made out of bone china, that can come apart or stay together for a huge serving platter. Yay, I'll have to host a dinner party soon!
Finally it was time for cake - despite the fact that our bellies were still full from dinner, we managed to chow down some more. I had a hard time deciding what to make, but ended up choosing a tropical cheesecake (a recipe that'll be in my dessert book), topped with kiwi, dragon fruit, mango, and pineapple, and is light/cooling which I thought was perfect for all the hot weather we've been having. Actually, you might remember having seen this cheesecake in a post quite a while back, and I've only made it twice since then, so this was the perfect opportunity. So a fruit dessert was all well and good...buuut...at the last minute I couldn't help myself - I had to make something chocolate too :) I made this dense chocolate nut cake, with a thick layer of rich chocolate cream, topped off with chocolate covered banana chunks. Yes, this was the ultimate in raw chocolate decadance.
Got all the candles in one shot!
Strawberry sauce with the cheesecake. Yum, it was good. Strawberries, dates, lemon juice, coconut oil, cashews.
After dessert, we had a bon fire - probably one of the last for the summer now, boo hoo!!
Marcy and her boyfriend, Andy tented in the yard (they live an hour away)! lol - I think he's happy to have a girl in each arm here. haha
Lots of goofing around! Good times!
Next morning, it was straight into the lake for some swim time! Whew, it was a scorcher! After that I made breakfast for everyone...and then we had fun painting each others toenails (well, just the girls) :D
Can you figure out who's foot is who's?
Wow, what a day - and what a great birthday weekend. I couldn't have asked for anything more. It was absolutely perfect!