Thursday, 24 February 2011


saturday night is our engagement cocktail party! i'm so so so excited - it is going to be a great opportunity for our london guests to meet each other, and for us to celebrate with some of our dearest the journey toward marriage! making it even better is a quick trip over the pond by marvellous. i cannot wait.

i'm taking the opportunity to craft my way to heaven - and cook up a storm. i LOVE entertaining, and simply cannot wait until we have our own place. le boy and i have established one of our key values to be hospitality and we are hoping to be able to open our home and our lives to others.

the engagement party is proving a great opportunity to try out some decor and theme ideas for the wedding - our colours are navy and deep pink and our theme is 'a bicycle built for two.' le boy is an enormous cycling enthusiast and so it's apropos.

we're also trying to keep our food choices authentic to the food we love and to our home nations. and so i present the 'anzac' biscuit. the story goes that these biscuits were baked by wives of WWI soldiers because the biscuits could withstand the long journey by sea to the war in europe. consequently, they are a very dense, crisp biscuit, and have no major perishable ingredients. we plan to serve them with a topping of vanilla ice cream as a 'finishing' to the evening of champagne, hor d'ouvres, and immense excitement.

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  1. Have so much fun at your engagement party! Pre-wedding fetes are magical - enjoy every minute!

    I have a slightly different recipe for these biscuits. Super simple and yummy!

  2. Are you in London, Ontario? If so, we are practically neighbours! I'm in the Woodstock area. These biscuits look great! :)

  3. @chistan - enjoy!

    @dayna - i'm actually in London, UK - BUT, i grew up in paris, on and have family living in woodstock and london - does that count?

  4. Very interesting! They look yummy...thanks for sharing! (Visiting from the linky party at (in)courage.)

  5. My family emigrated from Australia to the US just weeks before I was born. In the early days we couldn't get golden syrup, but once it came available Mum started making ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) biscuits for just about every occasion. And yes, they do keep well; that is, if you can keep from eating them all at once!
    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Many blessings on your both! +