i wanted us to have a birthday cake for the occasion so i enquired at a local bakery, when the price tag came back at £125(!) i decided that there must be a better way - after all cake is only flour and eggs right? and it is, admittedly i might have taken on a bit much that weekend, with our saturday night celebrations but i dove in and this was the result.
hummingbird cake recipe, icing design completely
and if that wasn't enough we had a dozen of le boy's nearest and dearest for a dinner party the following night.
it started as always with some wine and cheese and gift opening. a good friend of marvellous always starts her dinner parties with crackers and cheese and i've shamelessly stolen the idea.
and it continued with, if i do say so myself, the best roast leg of lamb of all time.
i cannot begin to describe this joy. tender and juicy and so delicious. i used jamie oliver's recipe for the 'best roast lamb' he wasn't lying.
full menu :: pinterest board with links to all recipes
roast leg of lamb with mint sauce
roasted potatoes and carrots
spicy butternut squash
lemony green beans
it went incredibly well. except the pavolva which i made three times. the directions by the lovely nigella suggest satin peaks for the meringue before adding sugar - it might have been the humidity in my kitchen, which tends to be high and can have an adverse effect on egg whites but these just became seven-minute frosting, twice. my leiths techniques bible, how i love it! suggested whipping to very stiff peaks before adding sugar and it was a success! sadly the photo in the dark kitchen just didn't come out, but suffice to say it approximates the photo online.
in all the celebrations were a success and we felt so immensely blessed to have our friends celebrate this oh so important entrance into a new decade!