Just a few from the weekend!



The weekend just never feels long enough, does it? It goes by in the blink of an eye- a mad dash of trying to catch up on sleep and BBQing with friends and laundry and shopping and walking the dog. And in this case- pavlova too!

Jason and I were due to head out to our friends’ house for a BBQ yesterday afternoon, and since I’d promised to bring over a pavlova for dessert I set about making it mid-morning. And we would’ve had it cooked, cooled, and ready to go too had I not had a yolk-related disaster right as I was cracking the 8th and final egg into the bowl of whites. I made that dumb rookie error of trying to catch a falling egg yolk between the two halves of shell I was holding… and yep. Yolk in the whites people. Yolk in the whites. And since the yolk had split, there was no way of removing it so the entire lot had to be poured down the sink. If I told you that I maybe cried a bit, would you judge me? And if I told you that I lay on the sofa being all forlorn and pathetic whilst Jason dashed up to the shops for me to buy more eggs, would you judge? Nope? Phewph. Didn’t think so ;)

But anyway! 16 eggs later, one toe stubbed in rage and two very sizeable coffees drunk, pavlova was made! The afternoon at our friends’ house was such a good one- we ate the most insanely amazing BBQed burgers with brioche buns and pulled pork (I KNOW), Teddy found no less than 9 lost tennis balls under the rhododendron bush in the garden, we all had a go at hula hooping ( I laughed so hard that my stomach and throat ached!) and talked lots and lots about weddings. Michelle & Ian are about 8 months further on than us in the wedding planning process, so we pick their brains any chance we can get!


^^ That’s Tilly. She’s adorable. ^^

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And that really, is all there is to say about the day! It was a lovely one- exactly how summer days are supposed to be. Lots of food, lots of laughing, followed by a quick drive home in the evening, a tidy-up of the meringue-explosion in our kitchen, and then to bed. How was your weekend? I hope it was great! Did you have storms? I feel cheated, we were promised a good summer storm and all we had was one measly rain shower!


p.s. Is that a peacock butterfly? I’m not sure, but think it might be. Either way, isn’t she a beauty?

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  • http://www.ablogandthecity.com Polly

    That pavlova looks amazing! Beautiful pics x

  • http://www.owl-girl.com Candy

    I’ve definitely done the egg-white crying thing before, so no judgment here!!


  • http://hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk Jordan

    That pavlova looks incredible! Don’t worry, I know if I had dropped the yolk in the whites I probably would have teared up a bit too. But it looks like it turned out beautiful in the end!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    WOW! The pavlova looks great!! I’m sure it was yummy.

  • http://samsamcherie.blogspot.com Samantha

    Oh my goodness that puppy…SO adorable! It sounds like you had a great weekend :) These summer days really are to be cherished, aren’t they? I love getting together with friends and family for picnics, sitting outdoors enjoying the sun, etc. Great photographs!
    ~ Samantha

  • http://www.sevenlivesandmore.com/ Melodie

    That is definitely my kind of BBQ and my kind of weekend! Everything is pretty and looks delicious!
    AND ONE MORE PUP! Rosie you’re killing me! Haha!!
    Have a lovely week darling!

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica Edmunds

    The BBQ looks amazing I haven’t had any this whole summer so far, and pavlova is my favourite this one looks incredible xx

  • http://www.ameliaowl.blogspot.com Amelia

    lovely photos :) x

  • http://www.scarletscorchdroppers.com jennie

    Its defiantly a Peacock :-) My Dad was very into his butterfly spotting, and my brother and I spent a large portion of our childhood summers being quizzed on the names of any that came into the garden. Peacocks were one of his favourites, its not hard to see why is it! Your pavlova looks equally beautiful, so fresh and summery, well worth the cracked yolk tears!
    Jennie x

  • http://www.pinkcatcustardandcake.co.uk PinkCatJo

    That pavlova looks amazing and I love blackberries, please share the recipe! I understood completely how you felt after your egg situation. I recently made brownies and it turned into a disaster. 2 attempts later and they were delicious! x

  • http://wanderfulways.blogspot.nl cheyenne

    i feel you, i had my own share of baking/dessert disasters/cries, haha. the day does sound just so lovely though, and the pavlova looks amazing :)
    xo, cheyenne

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Your pavlova looks amazing! x

  • http://www.dancingthroughsunday.typepad.com Bec

    I know that yolk in the whites feeling waaaaaaay to well. I am not judging the crying and couch dwelling, however it looks AMAZING! I love pavolva :)

  • http://www.intoruth.com/ Ruth

    Oh my, that pavlova! Cooking for other people cries are definitely something that has gone down in our house before, the pavlova looks like it was worth it though. Will have to give it a go myself some time soon.

  • http://foxesinthegraveyard.blogspot.co.uk/ kelly rae

    I tasted my first ever pavlova a couple of weeks ago. It was so good! I would love to try and make one at some point. I love it with all the berries.

  • http://www.popcornandpolkadots.com Hannah

    Definitely no judgement!! Looks amazing, great pics as usual :)
    We had all the storms out here in the West Country, they were quite something!

    Hannah x
    Popcorn & Polka Dots

  • http://asimpleelegance.com arielle

    despite the small egg-white mishap, that meringue looks pretty much perfect! looks like you guys had such a fun weekend. congrats to teddy on his tennis ball finding!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • http://oddlylovely.com Cat

    Wow, what a spread! You guys don’t go half way when it comes to a BBQ. Sorry about the egg catastrophe. I promise I would have wallowed in misery too!


  • http://blueskiesarehereagain.blogspot.com Juliet

    Going to buy eggs in a crisis is EXACTLY what men are for ;)

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.se Mimmi

    Looks like the pavlova turned out great in the end!
    Tilly is so cute! My dog is the same breed and has the same colouring :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://www.kirsteaparty.co.uk Kirsteaparty

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. That Pavlova looks blooming stunning!

  • http://www.lifesopenpages.blogspot.co.uk Jade @ Bits & Bobs

    Despite the mishap, and hassle of having to start over, I’m sure you was very proud of that pavlova – looks delicious!

    We had a storm on Friday night/Saturday morning (however you look at 4am) at it was great, even if it did wake us up and the electric cut out. I love a good storm.

    That last picture is just beautiful!

  • http://www.rebekataylor.blogspot.co.uk Rebeka Taylor

    The pavlova looks amazing, all of the effort was worth it! I didn’t get any storms either, and there was barely any rain, definitely missed out there :( Rebeka x

  • http://www.thesanfranciscan.co/ Leith

    Great pics! But the pic of Teddy clinches it for me :) So adorable!


  • http://www.ibleedlipstick.com Cat

    That is the most beautiful pavlova I have ever seen! You did such an amazing job!

  • http://wishing-for-chanel.blogspot.co.uk Ria

    Gosh that pavlova looks so lush! Looks like the perfect Summer weekend :) Xx

  • http://emma-something.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma

    Oh you poor thing! I would, and have done exactly the same with the eggs, tears and forlorn sofaness and all in the past! Yay for lovely boys that come to the rescue though :) Looks yummy too! xx

  • http://www.chasingmyextraordinary.com/ Kenzie Smith

    I get so frustrated when I mess up a recipe and have to start over, so I totally do not judge you for crying and being angry. I’ve been there!
    It looks like you had an amazing time with your friends!
    That butterfly is gorgeous!! I think it is a peacock butterfly :D

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