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Street party daydreams and margarita creams

April 29, 2011

Lime cake and margarita creams

We sat outside in the garden the other night with friends visiting from the UK.  They were in search of some sun over the Easter holidays while we were yearning for some fresh breezes and Spring flowers.  The weather is in a ‘changeover’ period (from balmy to searing) and even though there was a small shower of rain we were all too hot because of the humidity and went inside for our pudding.

The alarm wakes me earlier to take the dogs out at a cooler time.  The streets are empty, the exotic flowers are at their peak of bloom and seem to glow – almost vibrating colour.

Street party table

I’m lucky to be off to my first ever trip to Turkey – a long weekend in Istanbul with some girlfriends.  I will be packing a jumper…and maybe an umbrella.  The only thing I’m going to miss is the Royal wedding.  I’m not an ardent Royalist (although I wouldn’t support abolition of the Monarchy) but it sounded like a great excuse for a party.  I had already planned the bunting, decorations and, of course, the menu in my head.

Cocktail sausages

Cucumber sandwiches

Blue tortilla chips with blue cheese dip

Blue corn tortilla chips

Fairy cakes


Moonblush tomatoes

Moonblush tomatoes

Big bowls of strawberries

Flourless lime cake with Margarita creams

margarita creams

Are you seeing a bit of a theme here? Red, white and blue….

party food

Table crystals - bling Lawson style

I’ll be able to catch up on the Street party spirit over at Maison Cupcake Forever Nigella ‘Street Party’ and can’t wait to see the Nigella inspired goodies everyone comes up with.  Eat, Live, Travel, Write, set the scene with style.

Pop over here for the Flourless lime cake with Margarita creams recipe.  Was I wrong to let my teens eat dessert containing tequila (they are sublime)?

Let me know if you party on Friday – royal, street or otherwise.


Dessert roses for the bride

  1. April 29, 2011 2:07 am

    I have no party plans…but I sure like the things you spotlighted here.

    Have a great time in Turkey.

  2. April 29, 2011 2:44 am

    And that, my friend, is an amazing blog post. You are brilliant, totally inspiring. You must win the Royal Teatowel. Hope Itsanbul is as refreshing as your Margarita creams 🙂

  3. April 29, 2011 2:49 am

    Istanbul, even!

  4. April 29, 2011 3:47 am

    Beautiful spread. My favorite is those margarita creams!

  5. Anna permalink
    April 29, 2011 4:37 am

    Have a good trip!

  6. April 29, 2011 7:47 am

    Beautiful photos. Those margarita creams look superb!

  7. April 29, 2011 8:38 am

    Beautifully photographed post.
    Have a wonderful trip! Looking forward to hearing about your adventure.
    🙂 Mandy

  8. April 29, 2011 8:37 pm

    Wish you a wonderful time in Turkey! Mmmm, I’m salivating thinking of the baklava they make there, the best ever.

  9. May 2, 2011 7:56 pm

    Love you writing, love your pix. I nominated you for a versatile Blogger Award. See here:

    Hope you had a great time in Turkey,
    Mrs D xox

  10. May 3, 2011 10:05 am

    Wow I wish I had eaten this for our royal wedding brunch in London (yes I am a royalist!) Hope you enjoyed Istanbul’s spectacular roof top bars and restos. x

  11. May 5, 2011 8:31 am

    I love your spread! Partaking in these festivities would have made me feel like a royal! I wish you a great time in Istanbul; if you are like me, you will want to go back again and again! Hope you will have good weather while there.

    • May 5, 2011 10:15 am

      It was FREEZING to start with especially coming from Dubai, but yes Joumana – would love to go again and again. Wonderful city.

  12. May 5, 2011 9:35 am

    Wow, what a beautiful blog! Thank you so much for your comment – I’m so happy I found your blog. x

  13. May 5, 2011 12:45 pm

    You have a gorgeous blog…. thanks for the comment!


  14. May 5, 2011 4:51 pm

    Oh, yea, i was out of head 4 margarita! Mi love… 😉

  15. May 5, 2011 5:29 pm

    The margarita creams look lush! Beautifully photographed as well.

  16. May 7, 2011 1:26 am

    We didn’t party, but I did love watching the wedding, curled up on the sofa in my fluffy pink slippers! 🙂 Wish we could buy blue tortilla chips here…

  17. May 9, 2011 3:14 am

    Everything you served up here seemed rightly Royal… The Queen would approve, especially with the red, white and blue color scheme you chose! The desert roses look stunning, as do your margarita creams. That Turkish girls’ getaway sounds fun, hope you all had a fab time ;-).

  18. May 9, 2011 4:43 pm

    this looks divine! what an amazing spread. I thought my effort was hard work but yours is amazing. well done

  19. May 11, 2011 4:49 pm

    I made the exact same thing a few months back and it tasted amazing!
    My favourite was the margarita cream, I swear it got better as the days passed!
    Fantastic photos and totally appropriate for teens!

  20. Lo81 permalink
    May 15, 2011 10:54 pm

    A great menu for the Royal Wedding street party!


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