Hello! How has your week been?
I have just come to the end of a very busy birthday season. My three children all celebrate their birthdays within a month of each other so it has been party, party, party, but with Smarties and remote control cars. Less glamorous than you might think.
There was one pirate party, one disco for boys and one girly sleep over.
I do love to throw a fun and busy party, but three in one month is enough for even me.
I started the week with a cracker of an event though. I was lucky enough to be invited by McCormick Grill Mates to a a BBQ Cooking class. Pit master Eric from the BBQ Cooking School took us through a whole series of lessons on how to barbecue meat, American style. Twelve hour slow cooked beef brisket, Chipotle and roasted garlic pulled pork and Tennessee smokehouse baby back ribs were some of the highlights. Plus a spicy cinnamon and chilli chocolate brownie, cooked on the BBQ!
It was all sorts of delicious and the best bit was my husband was invited to join in the fun. Oh yeah, and the gift bag. I am a sucker for a gift bag.
Now to try out some of these fantastic recipes on my own crew.
I also headed into the City this week to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful day and we wandered through the Camellia garden and the children’s garden and around the Herbarium. What a gorgeous city Melbourne is.
Then I took a tour down Toorak Rd and found something very special.
Luxbites is a gorgeous little cafe serving the most amazing selection of cakes and macarons. This lolly cake was featured on Master Chef which made my daughter very happy. Ok, I admit, it worked for me too. Go here to read my review and see more amazing pics.
Well I hope that you had a lovely week too. I am looking forward to cooking something besides cupcakes and sausage rolls this week. I did manage to post my favourite Laksa Recipe. I think that will definitely be on the menu this week.