thirty and four


Last month Beren and I celebrated our birthdays - my 30th and his 4th - with a green-themed picnic under the beautiful big oak trees at a local botanical gardens. It was glorious sunny Autumn Sunday. We all had to wear our best green hues, so I wore my pale green 1940s dress that I bought ten years ago to wear on my honeymoon. We had a green layered cake, platters of green fruits and vegetables, green guacamole, green tea shortbread and gingerbread with pale green icing. Friends added to the spread with green crackers, jellies, devilled eggs with parsley, cheeses, green juice and other delights.

We had two birthday cakes between us; one was a butter cake with three layers; vanilla bean, chocolate and green tea “matcha”. Beren couldn’t decided which flavour he wanted which is why we did a layer of each! I decorated the top with rosemary sprigs, verbena leaves, apple stars, pistachios and a sprinkling of matcha powder. The second cake was a tower of my gluten free French-style baked vanilla custards “canelés” which were swiftly devoured!

The big people talked and reclined in the sunshine as the little people ran about the gardens playing and climbing trees. I cannot think of a nicer way to mark my 30th milestone; to be surrounded by old trees, good friends and food!

Beren told me he thought our party was “very good and lovely and green!” Indeed…