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.
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.
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.
The gang enjoying the gloriously sunny day….where was this beautiful weather during summer??
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.
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.
You can never go wrong with home made chicken schnitzel, crumbed in bread and spices and served with a squeeze of lemon..So delish!
Plenty for everyone…
In addition to the meatballs that were on the antipasto platter, Rosanna made some bigger ones for lunch as well.
Crisp and fresh garden salad to accompany everything.
We piled our plates and I grabbed a crunchy Italian roll to make a schnitzel and salad sandwich.
So so full after lunch…the beautiful Mel and Jessica.
The birthday girl looking very excited and Harry Potter (aka Dave Potter)
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.
Jes was busy baking the night before and brought with her some choc chip muffins with vanilla icing.
Lollies and chocolate..most of the chocolate bullets were devoured by me..slight addiction!
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.
The tart looks as visually appealing as it tasted.
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.