Saturday, January 08, 2011

Ottawa Birthday Party

The Party was so lovely.

My friends helped me prepare the food

(I was behind due to the business of having this meal

right after old calendar Christmas)

and all worked out beautifully.



beef roast and a great gravy

beet salad with horseradish vinaigrette

horseradish as a condiment

mashed potatoes

ginger glazed carrots


hot fruit salad

As you can see below the cake (made by a dear friend)

for my birthday was

very beautiful.

It is a flourless cake:

The raspberry sauce on top

made the cake a perfect amount of deep chocolate

with raspberry.

They all sung happy birthday to me.
I am blessed to have such good friends.


. said...

Looks yummy! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

margaret said...

It all looks so beautiful, especially the cake. You do make tables look lovely - I wish I had that knack. Miss Darcy and Miss Tilney wish Miss Cleo to know that they too consider the ocean to be an impediment to civilised feline visiting and sharing of cheese and fish.

MamaBirdEmma said...

Christ is Born!

Your meal looks delicious! I am glad that you had a good night with friends.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Chocolate and raspberry - yum !

Beth said...

I think you should put together a book full of your beautiful dinner parties. So comforting and communal the dinner table. And beauty makes all the more wonderful.

E Helena E said...

How do you make the hot fruit salad?

Matushka Anna said...

Wow! Looks lovely!

(And that cake is beatiful!!)

Michelle M. said...

It looks like you are blessed with such wonderful friends!!

DebD said...

how wonderful and sweet. I'm glad you had such a lovely birthday (2 of them too!).

Martha said...

Merry Christmas and what a lovely birthday dinner!
Mmmm...I think I would love ginger glazed carrots....sounds divine.
That cake looks lovely...I bet it was like this, made with more eggs than an average cake:

French Chocolate Cake (Flourless)

7 oz (200 g) semisweet chocolate (45-50 % cocoa)
4/5 cup (200 g) butter
1 cup (220 g) sugar
4 eggs, separated

1. Preheat oven to 350deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
2. Line a 9 in (23 cm) cake tin with greaseproof or other non-stick paper and grease the tin.
3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter over hot water.
4. Beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar.
5. Fold in the melted butter and chocolate mixture.
6. Beat egg whites until frothy by using an electric mixer; gradually add the remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
7. Fold in the beaten egg whites.
8. Bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 40 minutes.
9. Use a knife to separate the cake from the non-stick paper. Please observe that the cake is quite sticky!