Ciao everyone. How was the weekend? Mine was jam packed with birthday celebrations for my best friend Isi. They started off with Friday night drinks at the Slip Inn which was packed as the El Loco pop-up has just started for the month of March. Saturday was spent at Future music festival which was fun, but not the best festival I have been to, and then Sunday Funday involved sleeping in and lunch at Isi’s house with friends and her family. As per usual the weekend flew by, but at least it was filled with fun times and good food and a decent amount of sleep. I snapped up all the food from Sunday lunch as Isi’s mum Rosanna is the most amazing cook and I wanted to share it all with you.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Appetisers

When we arrived we were greeted to a huge platter of home made meatballs and gourmet cocktail sausages that tasted so good I had about three without even thinking about saving room in my stomach for actual lunch.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Ricotta and Crunch Bread

On the other platter was toasted bread drizzled in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. The perfectly crunchy bread was then topped with ricotta and pesto and olives in chilli. This is my ideal antipasto dish and I could have happily munched on this for the rest of the afternoon.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Sydney Summer Sunshine

The gang enjoying the gloriously sunny day….where was this  beautiful weather during summer??

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Frankie Isabelle's Dog

This is Isi’s dog Frankie looking extremely civilised and joining in on our conversation. Whilst not sitting in his chair, he can be found chasing random things in the garden or licking one of us.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake -Penne with a tomato pasta sauce

Now for the real deal…Lunch consisted of penne pasta in a lusciously thick tomato sauce and plenty of parmesan to be sprinkled on top…and of course basil which is home grown and picked fresh from the garden.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Penne and tomato sauce

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Chicken Schnitzel

You can never go wrong with home made chicken schnitzel, crumbed in bread and spices and served with a squeeze of lemon..So delish!

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Lunch time chicken schnitzel

Plenty for everyone…

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Meatballs

In addition to the meatballs that were on the antipasto platter, Rosanna made some bigger ones for lunch as well.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Salad

Crisp and fresh garden salad to accompany everything.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Italian Bread Rolls

We piled our plates and I grabbed a crunchy Italian roll to make a schnitzel and salad sandwich.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - The Girls

So so full after lunch…the beautiful Mel and Jessica.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Birthday Girl

The birthday girl looking very excited and Harry Potter (aka Dave Potter)

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Baklava from Granville

Our stomachs settled from lunch ever so slightly and it was now time for dessert. There were too many to choose from but I somehow managed to try a bit of each. Aimee headed to El Sweetie in Granville that morning and picked up a plate of mixed Baklava.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Choc Chip Muffins & Vanilla Icing

Jes was busy baking the night before and brought with her some choc chip muffins with vanilla icing.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Lollies

Lollies and chocolate..most of the chocolate bullets were devoured by me..slight addiction!

 Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Plum Tart

Ohhh maa god! The most amazing fruit tart I think I have ever eaten. Rosanna made the base of the tart from scratch and filled it with plums and a vanilla like custard. It was baked to what I think is perfection, slightly too much so that the pastry was super crunchy and the fruit was almost caremlised.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Plum Tart

The tart looks as visually appealing as it tasted.

Isabelle's Italian Birthday Lunch - My Kiki Cake - Lemon Curd Pavlova with Mixed Berries

As for the birthday cake, Isi chose a pavlova which was served with a twist. The yellow custard looking layer is actually lemon curd which was an awesome addition in comparison to a traditional pavlova topping of just whipped cream and fresh fruit. I have already told my mum that she has to try this out the next time she bakes one.

So there we have the lovely feast of a lunch for birthday celebrations.

Isi Happy Birthday, I hope you have a fantastic year and all your wishes come true!!

Much love all xxx

Ps…Budapest, Hungary post is currently in the works. Post will be with you soon.