Yesterday was an afternoon of friends, food and lots of fun. The manservant whipped up some frosty strawberry margarittas which we plied guests with as they arrived (except the two little children – that would've been wrong!).
I cooked spare ribs in the oven while the manservant threw marinated chicken and hotdogs on the barbeque. For sweets we provided gelato and chocolate bites which are rich little bite sized things of chocolate cake (frozen from the supermarket) sort of the equivalent of having cup cakes for birthdays. Oh – did I mention that it was the manservant's birthday?
This is a "salad" of roasted potatoes, onion, red peppers & green beans, roasted pinenuts, fresh thyme, flat leaf parsley, fresh mozzarella and baby cherry tomatoes with lime juice squeezed over.
This is black beans, corn, jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, shallots, cilantro and basil. I added cubed avocado just before I served it.
Initially entertainment was provided by the guys working across the alley. What a hot day to be labouring! But, don't we love to watch men at work! The roof of this garage had mostly collapsed some time ago but the owners had finally decided to clean it up. 3 guys arrived with a U-Haul, some tools and shovels and got this all cleaned up in about 3 hours. They worked hard enough for me to think I will get their number from the neighbours if I ever need any cleaning up done. The only bit standing now is the brick work. We suspect the next stage of building will be the next time we have a barbeque!
Photo was taken from our deck, after the door and some cross timbers from the roof were removed.