Monday, February 21, 2011


We had a lovely sunday as it was our little boys Dedication. Lots of our friends and family came to celebrate with us and we invited them all over for a bbq lunch.

I forgot to photograph most of it but I will tell you what delicious food I made. For nibbles I made vegetarian rice paper rolls and homemade olive bread, sliced and grilled to serve with bruschetta topping.

My lovely husband barbecued sausages (out in the heat and humidity) while everyone else was in the pool! And I made some gorgeous salads to serve with our sausages...

Sweet Potato and Quinoa salad - the recipe I found on Naturally Ella. The sweetness in the potato was well complimented by the feta and the quinoa is just amazing. Loved it.

Pesto Pasta salad - I  used the recipe for basil pesto from Delicieux. We have so much basil in our garden to make this and I think the fresh basil is what gave this pesto a lovely flavour. We used a combination of walnuts and pinenuts. The parmesan cheese was only mixed through the 'green pasta' (as my daughter named it) just before serving (after my non-dairy-eating friend took her share) :)

Nigella's Tabbouleh - This is a recipe in Nigella Kitchen to help use up your leftover bulgar. It included, with the bulgar, finely chopped mint, parsley, spring onion and tomato, lemon zest and juice, olive oil and salt. I really liked it, so fresh and light tasting yet filling.

And for dessert I made the Joconde Imprime cake again (like my Valentines one) but bigger and the mousse had extra whipped cream so it was lighter. I also added a layer of sliced fresh strawberries. Everyone loved it and I had lots of fun making it. I also made some lemon curd tarts which were delicious.


  1. Wow, you really outdid yourself! And to make a joconde imprime cake on top of everything-bravo! :D

  2. It all looks so good!! Love the look of the tabbouleh espically. Or the pesto. Or the quinoa. Nope, just all of them :) Cake espically :)

  3. Ciao Muppy, first time here, I am Italian but I live in New Zealand.

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  4. Wonderful salads! Much better than boring lettuce & tomato :)

  5. Yummy! These look like wonderful salad...especially the Sweet Potato and Quinoa salad..Yummy! :)

  6. Delicious! I particularly like the look of that pesto pasta salad :) And of course the cake.

  7. What a wonderful feast. Everything looks delicious and I'm glad you enjoyed my pesto.

    The cake looks amazingly delicious!

  8. Love those salads, they look delicious!

  9. I tried Quinoa for the first time at Christmas and loved it. I'm on the look out now for recipes that use it...yours looks really yummy!

  10. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Lovely salads and the cake is irresistible.

  11. All the food was wonderful and I'm so glad to hear your gathering went well. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary


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