February 25, 2009

A trifle bazaar...



Last June I met a lovely lady. When my world was torn apart and life was most unbearable, she guided us through our grief. We merged histories, shared stories of the past, present and intended future, and generally had a good cry about things. But we also shared a lot of laughs, and I am honoured to count the divine Miss B as a dear friend.
As it happens, we also share a love of good food, and Miss B rapidly became one of Team Pretty Bakes avid followers. Quick on the uptake for how to partake of some TPB treats, Miss B invited myself and Miss Rose to share with her and her charming significant other in an Australian-themed Sunday barbeque. Our hosts were providing the lamb and pavlovas, so we undertook to supply a salad and additional dessert (we are master bakers, after all…).
As far as a Team Pretty Bake Sunday baking occasion goes our morning was quite a relaxed affair. With only two items on the menu, we were able to step back from the frantic bustlings of life and keep things simple for a change. So I will attempt to avoid the usual incessant ramblings and keep this entry equally simple in sharing with you our barbecue treats.
For salad we presented a mixed pea, mint and feta salad


mixed pea, mint & feta salad

And to accompany Miss B's delightfully shaped pavlovas, a banana berry trifle. A simple banana cake was first baked, and then sliced…



Topped with freshly sliced banana…



Smothered with a patiently prepared cr√®me anglaise…



Then a little whipped cream…



Some fresh berries…



And the whole process was then repeated…
twice…


Banana berry trifle

So we had a wonderful evening. Delicious food was shared with the wonderful company of our hosts and the delightful Parisians P & R, who regaled us with accounts of where to find the best macarons in Paris, along with other treasures hiding in the French capital. I fear I am already falling in love despite having not yet made the journey. Soon, dear friends, soon…

In retrospect, I perhaps should have chosen something more intricate and decidedly more elegant for our first "construction montage", but I guess we should all return to the comforts of a good mess every once in a while.

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