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    Saturday, June 23, 2007

    Katie's Baby Shower and Afternoon Tea

    Our beautiful daughter Katie and her family are pregnant

    Of course the whole family is "involved" as with most pregnancies!!!
    I'm sure every Husband, Child and grandparent will be aware.

    Her dear friends Cara and Justine held a Baby Shower for her/them and I was the host.
    Justine came over early and dressed the room.
    So pretty

    Balloons tea lights and roses…everything in pink and blue It was afternoon tea with wine for the non pregnant and fruit punch for the Mothers-to-be.There were 5 of them.Here are 3 of them Don’t they look gorgeous.

    For your info Karen has since delivered a beautiful baby girl just 4 days after the party

    So Justine supplied her Date and Coconut Cake

    Lucy made her renowned Sandwiches, all “pregnancy safe”.
    Canned salmon and Gherkins
    Boiled smashed Egg and Avocado

    I made little Crescent Sausage Rolls

    The sausage meat was delicious
    I used bought flaky puff pastry.
    1 x square ready rolled sheet made 8 rolls

    For filling
    3 good quality pork sausages
    2 tablespoons apple sauce
    10 sage leaves chopped
    1 shallot finely chopped
    Sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper

    Mix all together quite strongly and leave at least an hour for the flavours to meld.

    To assemble
    Cut the sheet in quarters
    Each quarter in half diagonally
    Put point of triangle at top
    Place sausage meat as below
    Brush with egg wash to help seal.

    Then roll into little croissant shapes

    Brush with egg wash and bake at 195C about 18 minutes until golden brown

    And we had an oldie but a goodie

    Devils on Horseback

    Haven’t had these in years but they are yummy

    Packet of prunes
    1 packet streaky bacon cut in half horizontally
    Creamy blue cheese (I used Kikorangi) Cut into little cubes

    Just make a hole in the prune
    Place a little cube of blue cheese
    Wrap in a bacon slice

    Bake 180C about 10 minutes

    The saltiness of the bacon and cheese combined with the prunes.
    A real taste treat.

    To finish off the savoury nibbles
    Cara’s little Spinach and Feta Frittatas.
    12 eggs
    1 packet feta cheese
    1 packet baby spinach
    Handful self raising flour
    Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

    Wilt spinach in a little oil in a hot pan
    Beat eggs in large bowl
    Crumble cheese into eggs
    Chop spinach and add

    Lightly grease mini muffin tins
    Pour into muffin tins ¾ fill and bake 8 minutes in 190C oven
    I love the idea of these little frittatas (they were very moreish) and decided to do the

    Spanish tortilla version

    Heat oven 190C

    For 1 dozen mini frittatas
    1 shallot finely chopped
    1 med potato cut into tiny cubes
    4 tablespoons Olive oil
    Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

    Gently sauté cook shallots and potatoes in oil till tender
    Drain in a sieve and tip into beaten eggs
    Season with S & P
    Mix well
    Pour into muffin tins ¾ fill... and bake about 8 minutes

    Turn out onto plate
    Dale and I wolfed them down for our dinner.

    Now onto the cakes
    Ingrid made the most divine cup cakes
    And to top it all off Justine's Date and Coconut Cake
    2 cups fresh dates chopped (or 1 cup dates and a large apple peeled and chopped into chunks
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    2 cups boiling water

    170 gms of butter
    2 cups of sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    2 eggs
    3 cups flour
    2 heaped teaspoons baking powder

    First prepare dates
    Add dates into a bowl with baking soda and pour boiling water over and allow to soak
    while you prepare the remaining cake.

    Meanwhile cream, butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
    Add vanilla and then eggs one at a time beating well with each addition
    Sift dry ingredients and add to the butter mix.
    Add the dates and liquid. [don’t drain the dates, everything gets tipped in]
    Mix all together well

    Pour into a LARGE (27cms) tin that has been previously greased and lined.
    NB: spring tin is best.

    Bake in oven at 180 c for 50mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

    COCONUT TOPPING 170 gms of butter
    1 ½ cups brown sugar1
    ½ cup coconut [shredded and desiccated together work best]
    8 tablespoons of cream

    Place all in a pot and bring gently to the boil. stir constantly.
    Pour this on top of the cake that has just come out of the oven [leave in its tin]
    Put the whole tin with the topping under a hot grill and grill for around 8 minutes or until it starts to crackle and brown.
    Let it cool well before removing from the tin.
    Serve with whipped cream (just to cut down the richness)


    There was a sweep
    Date of Birth
    What sex?

    Will keep you posted


    Barbara said...

    Congratulations Gilly and what a wonderful way to celebrate.

    So Simple said...

    Thanks Barbara it was fun

    Anonymous said...

    Cute ideas! I got to your post when googling "Baby Shower Tea recipe". My sister in law is due in a month (on my birthday!)with a little girl.

    It is a first baby for her and my baby brother (he is 15 years younger than me).

    My daughter and I are doing a tea style shower for her and I am really liking the recipe for the sausage in the puff pastry. I may use that one.

    BTW, is your new Grandchild here yet? Congratulations.

    So Simple said...

    Yes anonymous we have a granddaughter. Look at my latest blogs w have photos.

    Hope you have a lovely baby shower and good luck with the new little niece or nephew

    Sandra said...

    Hi, this is "Anonymous" from before. I did a trial run on the sausage rolls today and they will be lovely for the shower this weekend. They are going to be our dinner tonight.

    By the way, my name is Sandra. I am from Washington State in the USA.

    Congratulations on your beautiful little grand-daughter. Our new family member is going to be a niece. I am also a knitter and have been making lots of tiny pink things.

    Thanks for posting the recipe. It is a keeper.

    So Simple said...

    I am so pledased they have worked for you.
    Send me an email when you have had the to hear the reaction to the little sausage rolls