We had a couple of celebrations for Guillaume’s birthday this weekend. He actually turned 40 a couple of weeks ago but he was working in Sydney at the time, so it really wasn’t until this weekend that we were able to celebrate it. On Saturday night, we hired a babysitter and I took him out to dinner at Depot, a very cool restaurant here in Auckland and last night we did the birthday cake. With kids you just can’t escape the birthday cake and candles, they’ve been hassling me for it all week – not that I’d want to miss it anyway, I’ll take any excuse for cake…
I did a little search on the net for a new recipe and decided on Donna Hay’s Chocolate and Meringue cake. Like all of her wonderful recipes, it was reasonably simple to make, the only fiddly part was that the cake is done in two parts, partially cooking the cake and then topping with the meringue and returning to the oven for the remaining cooking time. It turned out really well, the meringue making a chocolate cake just that little bit more special. As it’s not from a book at home I won’t copy the recipe here as you can find it over at the Donna Hay website . Definitely a recipe to bookmark!
That’s not the end of celebrations though as I’m turning 40 this year too so we’ve decided that in August we’ll leave the kids with the grandparents and take off to Queenstown for four days of skiing to celebrate this milestone of a year for both of us.
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Enjoy your Monday everyone and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday with another instalment of, On The Wall with a gorgeous French girl in Germany as my guest.