Friday, June 22, 2007

Pavlova & Jelly Rolls




Last night was the quilting friends night and since I am blessed (or damned-depends on the weight gain) with two friends who are the best bakers around these parts-We had Pavlova instead of traditional birthday cake. I'll take a repeat of that any day. I'm really not much of a cake person but this stuff is like cake and pastry and candy all in one-with fresh fruit. How can you get any better. Anyone not familiar with it-it's meringue on the bottom, fresh whipped cream and mountains of fresh fruit on top-strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi-in fruit sauce. OMG this is the best dessert I've had in years and further proof that buying your friends expensive baking books insures goodies galore. This is from one of Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa books I gave Pam. Good girl Pam.
As a bonus I got this lovely collection of Moda fabrics in a jelly roll of 2 & 1/2 strips. handy dandy! What's not to like? Friends, food, fabric...mmmmmm. I also got a lovely pair of chalcedony pink oval drop earrings and a pretty plant.
It is a stunningly beautiful day here. In the 70s and a good breeze blowing-air cond. off windows open-my favorite kind of June day.
I hope to print out a pattern from my Carol Doak PP collection and make some stars with a group of fabrics I pulled aside. Maybe I will finally have something to show soon. James is looking at a good possibility for a job in the next few days so cross your little fingers and toes. Roger is back to work but still having a bunch of discomfort since he is turning to the side during the night and that's the bad side. He's also getting physical therapy which I'm sure is a bit of a pain as well.
I'm heading out to clean off the grill so I can do a beer can chicken. It doesn't get much easier than that. Sure wish I had some more of that Pavlova for dessert. That second shot is one of Nigella's chocolate Pavlovas. I think I like it straight.
Have a lovely day-talk to you very soon.

12 comments:

tami said...

Oh wow. What great friends. That looks so yummy.

Finn said...

Hi Dee, a belated Happy Birthday!! Sure wouldn't have minded getting in on some of THAT dessert! Really looks yummy..all good stuff!

Just had to pop over and let you know I FINALLY got a link to your blog that would work...yah, me!!
Hope all the purple funk is gone soon, sending sunshiney hugs, Finn

Granny Fran said...

That Pavlova with the red strawberries and green kiwis is gorgeous! I'll bet it tastes great too.
Wonderful fabric strips!

Jane Ann said...

Wow. Love your friends. Can I join the group?

I've read recipes for those meringue desserts for years. They sound wonderful and my mother assures me they are, but I never have made it. Maybe I'll try one soon.

Quilting Pirate said...

you are truly blessed hun! My mouth is watering with the dessert and fabrics! :D

Darcie said...

Mmmmm. Can you "blog" a piece of Pavlova over here?!?!

Sounds like things are looking bright for you! Cheers to that!

Mrs. Mel said...

Sorry to be late to the party, but I do want to wish you a happy birthday and best wishes on returning to the diet. Likewise for me...

Gerrie said...

I love Pavlova - love it! It is such a lovely post from you - having a nice summer evening and day. Hope the job pans out for James.

KCQuilter said...

Ohmigosh, what a gorgeous dessert! I could almost taste it through the screen!!!! And the fabric strips are luscious too.

Heidi said...

Those cakes look devine, and I'm sure they tasted that way! The fabrics are beautiful - can't wait to see what you'll do with them. Enjoy!

Kim Carney said...

Happy Birthday Dee! and Pavlova is the perfect birthday treat :)

Janet said...

I'm just getting around after the weekend....and WOW! That dessert looks and sounds awesome! I love fresh fruit served just about any way but this one would be great. You are a lucky gal to have such friends!

I'll keep everything crossed for James! And hopefully the PT will help Roger.