28 July 2013

Torrential Sunshine - Mum's Birthday BBQ

With weather forecasters threatening London with heavy downpours most of yesterday afternoon, I was rather concerned that I was going to have to move my lovely Mum's birthday barbecue from the sunny garden patio inside to the kitchen. My marinated sticky chicken and burgers would have to be done in the oven. Typical!

It turns out those weathermen and women need to work a little harder. Instead of being caught in torrential rain, Alex, Mum, Len, Andrew, Sarah and I all basked in the warm sunshine all afternoon!

Summer dress weather again!


If you want it, you can find it here!


My barbecue line up consisted of the aforementioned burgers and chicken supremes, a feta and balsamic onion tart, Greek salad and pulled pork with barbecue sauce. 


Tomorrow I'm going to write up the recipe for the pulled pork because it was so delicious! I couldn't stop picking at it!

I also baked Mum a birthday cake. I knew she didn't want anything too sweet and I wanted to try something a bit different so I chose a recipe from my fellow blogger and afternoon tea aficionado, Katie.

Courgette & Lime cake.


The combination is not one any of us had tried before but it really works! The courgette gives an incredibly moist sponge and along with the tangy lime icing it was just a dream!


Check out the recipe here on her fabulous food blog Katie's Kitchen Journal. 


We had a wonderful afternoon in the garden chatting and sipping my brother's excellent wine recommendations.

Jimmy Chew had a lovely time too. He's totally back to his cute little self following his operation.


Later in the evening, after a speedy dress change, it was off to Koko in Camden with Beth for their Guilty Pleasures Beach Party.

I love Guilty Pleasures nights - the music is pretty cheesy but you're guaranteed to know almost every song they play and it's very likely you'll end up dancing all night long. Koko - which once was The Camden Palace Theatre - is a fab venue too.


You can find my little Motel dress here!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend too x

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19 comments:

  1. What a lovely post. I love your dress, you look gorgeous!

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  2. bet your mum had a lovely time! and that pork looks so yummy- cant wait for the recipe! gorgeous photos of the cake too xxx

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    1. Thanks again for the recipe :) The pork was amazing, will post the recipe tomorrow
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  3. Hi Caroline

    Happy birthday to your Mum! Smoky pulled pork is one of the best things ever; I'm salivating just thinking about it right now. Whenever my boyfriend makes it, I'm all over it like a rash. Looks like you had a lovely BBQ.

    Lucy x

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    1. Thanks Lucy! I feel exactly the same as you re the pork. I had a pulled pork sandwich in Vegas that was so amazing and I've been a bit obsessed ever since!
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  4. I love love love your waterfall dress! So glad the weather held out, and that courgette and lime cake looks beautiful!

    Bxx

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  5. Oh good gosh that food looks good! Domestic goddess much?!
    Glad the weather held out for you, bet you dear mother was chuffed!
    Looking lovely as always :)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

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    1. Thank you! I probably don't cook at home as much as I should - most of the things I love to cook are sooo naughty and I'd be the size of a house! ;)
      Cx

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  6. Ahh happy birthday to your mum! amazing that it didnt rain.
    Your baking skills are amazing, that cake looks beautiful!!

    Teffy Xx

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    1. Thanks Teffy! We were very lucky with the weather!
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  7. Looks like you had so much fun! you're pictures are beautiful, I love your blog! I am a new follower of yours, So glad I found ya!! Feel free to follow my blog as well!!:)
    Courtney Rae
    purelypoised.blogspot.com

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    1. Consider yourself followed. Lovely blog :)
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  8. Gorgeous dresses! :)

    ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. you MADE that delicious looking cake? It looks like a bakery cake!! Loved this post xx

    www.latelylena.com

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    1. I did yes, thank you so much! :)
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