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Oh Honey Joy!

It’s been AGES since I wrote on this little ol’ blog of mine. Jeepers! Time flies when you are studying, working et cetera, et cetera. Expect more from me from now on. I need to finish blogging about our holiday which was back in July, oops!

Here is a little present to make up for the silence … made for my belated 30th birthday party tomorrow.

honey joys

Honey Joys
Stolen from Kelloggs

4 cups of cornflakes, I used gluten-free ones
1 tablespoon of honey
1/3 of a cup of raw sugar
90 grams of butter

melted butter, honey, sugar

Melt the butter, honey and sugar together until all melted and bubbly. Add to the cornflakes and stir really well until all are coated. Spoon into party patty-pans and bake at 150 degrees for 10 minutes. Let ’em cool and then scoff!

honey joys in the making

I hope you enjoy your virtual honey joy honey!

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3(0) is a magic number

I am now 30 years old. AND DAMN IT FEELS GOOD!

birthday presents

Here are all my presents. Well not all of them! Lovely Laura gave me some Royal Doulton champagne glasses, which are to be featured another time!

paella

Luke bought me this paella pan and accoutrements, we have eaten paella twice since. Who would have thought it was so quick and easy!

books
A favourite adult book, and two amazing kids books.

dvds
“Bernard, Bernard! I’m a prostitute robot from the future!”

le creuset

I was very spoilt again, with this gift of my second Le Creuset! This cast iron pan will get plenty of work in years to come. And it’s orange!

squishy

After opening all my presents (thanks Mum and Dad for the knife, and my lovely in-laws for my spoils), and having my first solo bedroom dance as a 30 year old to Azealia Banks (language warning!), the squishy above took me out for breakfast to the North Carlton Canteen. Yummo.

I was lucky enough to share my day with my friend Lisa’s wedding day! So Lukey and I spruced ourselves up to get down to Lisa and Aaron’s wedding in the Carlton Gardens. The sun came out just in time for the ceremony, and all was glorious, as all weddings should be.

wedding

I kept myself relatively nice until my job as MC was finished, then I joined the others in some ridiculous dancing, champagne glass smashing (accident!) and general tomfoolery. Fun.

wedding ladies
Hawt bride.

I was also super spoilt with our traditional birthday dinner later on in the week – Luke took me to La Luna!

la luna charcuterie

It was a delicious, (ethical) meat filled, winey and yummy night, starting with an amazing charcuterie plate, then garlic prawns, sausages, filet mignon wrapped in bacon, roasted pork and ice-cream to finish.

la luna meals

Not to mention a wine or two with each course. Dirty 30s indeed!

wine

Needless to say, a most fabulous time was had. Thanks to everyone for the fabulous send off up to the third floor!

luke loves cats
Luke making friends with all the neighbourhood cats on the walk home from dinner ….

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Festival of Holly

I am now 29. While this is a little concerning, I am determined to live this last year of my 20s in style. Which seems entirely possible, given the excellent start to my 29th year.


I was well and truly spoilt by my generous friends and family. Thank you all!

Luke and I have an excellent tradition of taking each other out to a surprise birthday dinner, to somewhere we haven’t been before (for Luke’s birthday in February I took us to the the Press Club). On Friday night, Luke took me to Flinders Street, where we boarded a train on the Sandringham line.

I had absolutely no idea where we were going. We disembarked at Ripponlea, and walked down the dark streets, until we arrived at … Attica. Oh my. The food was extraordinary, we played fancy grown ups and had the eight course tasting menu with matching wines.


Marron with leeks and mustard flowers, honey and thyme for second dessert, walnut appetiser, egg yoke with pyengana cheddar cream and almonds.


We finished with chocolate eggs filled with salted caramel and a cognac to share …

The food and service was gorgeous, the night was just perfect. I recommend saving up your pennies and visiting Attica, worth the weeks pay!


In my birthday party dress, kindly supplied by my darling sister.

Next up for the Festival of Holly … cocktails! Last night my gorgeous friends came on over for a party. We made lots and lots of traditional and not so traditional cocktails – old fashioneds, manhattans, whiskey sours, mojitos, cuba libres, and concoctions involving cinzano, brandy, pimms, gin and goodness knows what else! Sally found her old fashioned a bit too alcoholic, so added mixer to make a not in fashion. Classy.

My baker extraordinaire sister whipped up this chocolate minty delight …

… which was well and truly enjoyed by all.

The third instalment of the Festival is a trip to ACMI to watch Singin’ in the Rain this afternoon. Luke sure knows how to throw a gal a birthday weekend.

Love and thanks to all those who wished me a happy birthday, I’m lucky to have you all!

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A birthday night out at The Press Club

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I took Luke out to The Press Club for his birthday dinner last night, continuing our tradition of going somewhere we haven’t been before for each and every birthday.

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We dolled ourselves up and trammed it down to Flinders Street. We chose the eight course symposium menu, with a bottle of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc. We visited Sancerre on our trip to France last year, hurrah!

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The food was gorgeous. Obviously. We topped the night off with a walk home, through the warm, dark streets of Carlton. Perfection.

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