LOTS of cake. And I mean Lots


Yesterday was my birthday, and my very talented partner this week, Eva Kelly, made me the most spectacular cake.

The very talented Eva Kelly and her cake
The very talented Eva Kelly and her cake

And I kind of forgive her.  Kind of.  Birthday’s aren’t my thing.  However who could refuse chocolate cake?

I had made poached salmon with hollandaise sauce as part of my meal in the kitchen, and all it was missing was a teeny glass of vino, and an afternoon sipping in the sun.

Poached Salmon with pommes mousselline
Poached Salmon with pommes mousselline

Demo flew past as usual, and then 8 of us headed into the #Beerv’sWine night in Latitude 51, to help and support BOTH camps.

Team Wine- pinning my colours early
Team Wine- pinning my colours early

When we had gone into the previous IW&FS launch in Jacque’s, we had been introduced to Elbow Lane, a nano brewery and smoke house on Oliver Plunket Street.  One of our group, Erin, is very interested in craft beers, and as we were early we went in for a few starter plates and a taste of the beer (I, not to be a traitor to the cause, only had a glass of wine).

We had pigs in blankets, some chorizo type pesto on sourdough, and also had a taste of the brisket.

Little did we know that Caroline, author and Beer Ambassador (!)  from was in there doing her prep, and meeting her gorgeous sister, so we had a great chat, and Trina had the most gorgeous looking prawns.

Trina's Prawns
Trina’s Prawns

I had a quick cup of tea, very cute presentation.

 

Tea time on my birthday
Tea time on my birthday

And then this appeared….

A nice touch
A nice touch

Which was a lovely touch.  And although it could be considered a bribe, I have to say the mousse was rich, and velvety and just the right size.  I think it says something when a non beer drinker like myself would definitely go back there.

We headed to L’Atitude 51 to prepare for the taste-off.  There was a very good turnout, and soon we were pouring beer and wine to pair with the food Beverly had tested Caroline and Colm to pair food with.  Although Caroline is married to @8DegreesBrewing, she made a good and balanced argument for supporting local, tasty, and tested craft beers.

Caroline giving it socks
Caroline giving it socks

Whereas wine, is all imported.  Colm pulled out a few tricks by ringing 2 wine makers, and they were very interesting, and good to talk to the group about their respective sparkling rose (@WistonSparkling) and a gorgeous port (Taylor’s).

Mary, Kaelin and myself
Mary, Kaelin and myself

Soon all the glasses were finished, and we headed home.  And although it was a draw, in my heart I know there’ll be a next time…. and we’ll touch the trophy then!

 

 

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