A daughter to be married

Hannah is my beautiful 20 year old daughter who is getting married to Luke Crouch at the end of this year.

To celebrate her birthday and engagement we had a family dinner at a great Italian home style trattoria ‘ Bannerman’s’ in Glenhaven, which is a hinterland suburb of Sydney.

The food here was wonderfully authentic, the service was truly welcoming and the pride of the establishment was heartfelt. They also hold a growers market in their car park once a month followed by a long lunch.

After delicious platters of antipasto, pasta, spatchcock & beef we headed back home to sing and cut cake. Not just any cake, but one inspired by Emma Galloway from blog site  ‘My Darling Lemon Thyme’.

I have been in awe of Emma’s genius since I started blogging. When I saw her recent post on flourless chocolate wedding cake, decorated with meringue icing and purple lisianthus, that she made for her own wedding, I was taken.

I modified the recipe just a little by using less butter in the frosting  – it still worked perfectly and as lisianthus were temporarily unavailable at the Sydney flower Markets due to Mothers Day, I used my homegrown pink iceberg roses instead.

The cake making was time consuming but I enjoyed every minute of it & the cake was the talk of the evening- a perfect way to end the Italian meal and bring the celebration back home.

.  .  . Guess who’s making the Wedding Cake???