Actually the upstairs of my house is pretty untidy after the sleepover on Saturday night. How can 9 and 10 year old girls manage to disrupt so many rooms in such a short space of time?
Whilst they were doing their disrupting I was playing host. I mentioned that it was 10 for dinner on Saturday night- well that changed to 12. What's another 2? Well...finding 10 of everything to sort of match was a bit of a challenge and when it became 12 I gave up trying and was just happy that I could find enough plates!
Luckily Saturday was a glorious evening and just perfect weather for dining outdoors. Got to love the Queensland climate and of course candles and dimmed lighting is very forgiving...!
As it was a relaxed get together we mingled and shared guacamole with breads and corn chips to start. Then the bbq was fired up, the various salads came out of the fridge and we sat and ate and drank and chatted until the early hours.
|luckily there were no vegetarians!|
|little chocolate desserts|
These little chocolate desserts went down well and they're great as an extra at the end of a meal. They are extremely rich hence the serves in liqueur glasses.
The following quantities was enough for 13 shot/liqueur glasses.
285ml single cream
200g chocolate (70%)
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons of brandy
Heat the cream until nearly boiling
Remove and set aside for 1 minute before snapping in the chocolate
Stir until melted and smooth
One melted. beat in egg yolks and brandy and stir until smooth
Allow to cool slightly before stirring in butter.
Pour into individual pots/glasses.
I used Cointreau as there was no brandy in the house and added a small piece of orange to the top.
I think the recipe is Jamie Oliver's. I have a book where I scribble my favourites and then forget where they came from so I can't be 100% sure.
So I managed a relatively quiet Sunday and whilst Sibs went to a swimming party I escaped for an hour or so with a book to a favourite spot.
This is the window after the big garden tidy up a couple of weeks ago.
The palm trees outside were all chopped back to let the light in.
This is the before shot.
Oh well, maybe I should tackle some of the tidy ups...