Birthday Parties- and Cakes


We love having all of the family over for dinner when it’s a birthday occasion.  We hadn’t managed to do it for my 40th, so last Sunday we had a family get together for Nigel’s birthday.

Nigel is a big fan of pork, so after he managed to source two beautiful pork shoulders, we marinaded them in mustard, maple syrup and brown sugar on the Saturday night.

7 hr cooked maple marinaded shoulder
7 hr cooked maple marinaded shoulder

For starter I wanted to do something with the gorgeous venison that Ni’s brother provides, so I decided on trying my hand at a hot crust pastry, and filled it with slow cooked venison flank, cooked with wild mushrooms and chestnuts (and the obligatory red wine)

Flank of Venison, wild mushrooms, chestnuts and red wine
Flank of Venison, wild mushrooms, chestnuts and red wine

The finished product was very tasty indeed, I had made enough for everyone, not thinking the children would partake, but they ate every morsel, no leftover pies for Monday night!

Dessert was birthday cake of course, with a side offering of cake pops, with various toppings, the most popular of which were the popping candy.  I really enjoyed my first foray into cake pops, and will blog separately about this “journey”.  The birthday cake consisted of vanilla sponge filled with raspberries, blueberries and fresh cream.  And decorated with rosewater meringues.

Vanilla Sponge
Vanilla Sponge

 

 

 

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