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Mary ( sister in law of Mrs Towers) decided to have a little dinner party for her birthday.

She delighted us with handmade biscuits wrapped in blue and white crepe paper and hand-made thank you notes that we weren’t supposed to open until everyone was present. Unfortunately the start of an epic snowfall (which ended about a week later) meant that some of the other guests were about 40 mins late. Mrs Tower’s couldn’t possibly resist that long and opened her ornamental card to find a burlesque style sleeping beauty her favourite!

Below are a couple of thank you cards:

We started off with white martini and soda and fruit.

Pastry rolls filled with Philadelphia cheese or pesto with prawns or salmon were our antipasto. This is an idea that comes from Benedetta Parodi apparently .

Mr Towers then made risotto with porcini and sausage. Sausage had to be in the risotto as children were present and they apparently only eat things that resemble junk food.

More interestingly the fritto misto di pesce (picture below) is not fritto at all. You just sprinkle it with breadcrumbs and the put it in the oven a much lighter alternative to a seriously delicious dish.

Finally Mary’s piece de resistance was the creamy cake below composed of many layers of sponge and cream and covered with fresh strawberries and meringues.

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Mrs Towers’  third 25th birthday took place on Saturday (yes, third time round but not cumulative!) and we had a great time preparing for sugar coated cocktail party although I note that when the candles are more conspicuous than the cake it really is time to give up the tradition!

Black berry and choc chip fairy cakes with plain, blackberry and chocolate icing- yum!

Marzipan mice!!!

How to make these:

Very easy, especially if you cheat and buy the marzipan already made!

1.Cut your marzipan in little sections about the size of a thumb and roll them into a little egg shape

2. Apply pressure with thumb and index onto the smaller end of the egg shape

3. With a knife make 2 little slits just above the area that you have compressed and a little round hole in the back (wide end of the egg shape)

4.  Roll two tiny bits of marzipan into ball shapes and squash with your little finger so that they become discs with a thicker and less     thick half.

5. Insert the thinner part of the disk into the slits above the compressed areas.

6. Roll a little tail with circa double the marzipan used for the ears and insert in the back hole.

7. Now with a choccolate ‘pen’ paint on the little eyes and  there you have them!

And finally two Bellinis, one white sangria and basil lemonade as learnt in Vienna- growing wise with my great age!

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