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It was a bit last minute as we weren’t going to have a party for Lola’s 3rd birthday due to kitchen renovations taking over our house and lives at the moment. However I had mother guilt at 4 in the morning just before her birthday so I hastily invited the extended family over for cake and bubbles in the afternoon of the Monday public holiday.
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I have a lovely friend, J, who has just had her second baby (5 weeks ago) and I invited her and her little family to lunch on Sunday to have, as she put it, an adult afternoon. We (being the bad parents we are) put our two little ones in-front of the TV while we all had a leisurely lunch with proper courses and very little toddler interference.
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My partner Elvin is a chocolate dessert nut. I offered to make dinner for his birthday this weekend (partly to give me a reason to make a rabbit ragu I’d been planning) and of course his order for dessert was ‘something very, very chocolately, cakey, gooey and warm’. After an extensive search through virtually all my cook books that have desserts, and on the internet, I settled on chocolate fondant puddings. And these were not for the faint hearted. There was a 100g block of 70% Lindt dark chocolate per person. You read that right – Per. Person.
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A ten-year anniversary is a special occasion in anybody’s book and this year our reading group is a decade old. The food we share each month is the key to our longevity, although our Melbourne member who phones in for the discussion after dinner is able to live on description alone 🙂
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It may be an obvious thing to say but overripe bananas must never be thrown away! Cakes, muffins and smoothies are the best destination for this fruit even once it’s way past the stage you would eat it raw. I just peel and freeze them in a zip lock bag and use them when I’m ready – frozen is best for smoothies anyway.
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