Wednesday night we decided to throw an impromptu bbq for Australia day on Thursday the 26th of Jan. Got on the phone, fb and email to invite a few friends. All said yes. Everything came together so well for a last-minute party.
Not to say I did not follow my party plan procedure – it was just done in a very short time frame. I do still need my “to do lists”. Which I wrote in the car on the way to the supermarket. Made the meal list, made the shopping list, made the decor list – hmm, missed that one. Did ask the kids to clean up the back garden and arrange it ready for the fire pit that a friend was bringing with them.
One friend brought me flowers, one a lovely hostess gift of candles and another specially imported home-grown pecans from a tree in her garden back in the USA. I am so blessed with such special friends.
Everyone very kindly offered to bring some nibbles and such, so we ended up with quite an international spread. Australian Lamington fairy cakes, Arabic Hummus, dip and vegies along with those Louisiana Pecans that had been candied and a Louisiana Shrimp Dip with Scoops. Yummm!
We also brought out the Australian Minties and Musk sticks I picked up last time I was at home. We introduced our guests to the Minty game and some of them really got into playing it. The Musk sticks were not as big a hit. Maybe an acquired taste.
Don’t know what the Minty game is? Find yourself an Aussie and see if they know. It was something we did at parties when I was a child and it is a lot of fun. Mind you, the wrappers seem to have changed so it is a bit more challenging now.
We had a bbq – with Aussie lamb of course. We also had beef and some tasty chicken kebabs. Fried onion, roasted garlic bulbs, coleslaw, mash spud and a potato gratin rounded out that part of the evening.
Desserts were the icing on the cake. Literally. One friend brought the most delicious carrot cake to share. Oh my – it was fabulous….and while I am trying to stay off wheat and sugar – it was not going to happen on a night like this.
Plus a cheesecake to fit the diet.
You know – the grain and sugar free diet I am trying hard to make a part of my lifestyle. I am experimenting with coconut flour and Natvia in combination with 100% Sweetleaf Stevia to develop this baked cheesecake, and it is coming along better each time. It was the first time I have cooked it in the new oven so it needs a little more tweaking. It is enjoyable to know there is a delicious alternative to the things that do not agree with my body – and is not made with anything artificial.
Happy Australia day to all my Australian friends and family, both at home and abroad.