I'm off to lovely Brighton for the weekend folks, to stay with my bestest, oldest friend. It's her birthday close to my birthday, which is just gone so we are celebrating together. I'm good at stretching my birthday out to about a week and so far I've had a great night out, lunches with friends, dinner cooked for me, cake made for me by Laura and on and on it goes, lucky me. The cake has been eaten, so yummy it was. Therefore I have no photo, but a lovely memory. A chocolate orange melange, (my request)but so deep, dark and rich it really was just for grown ups. Children would never appreciate those complex flavours, we told each other as we tucked into giant wedges of the shimmering, chocolate ganache coated wonder. Uhhhhhh (Homer J. Simpson drooling noises) Did I mention that said incredible gateau was also made sans flour! Incredible but true so all you sufferers of wheat intolerance watch this, or Laura's space.
Before I go, here's a tip for Limerick livers, aka residents. I bought my first lasagne today, from Lorraine and Bruno's Italian Deli La Cucina in Castletroy. Son No.1 was bemoaning the fact that I never make him lasagne and it is his favourite. So while I was there, stocking up on De Cecco pasta and other Italian goodies, I decided to take home one of their own , made from their own sauces and de cecco pasta. It went in the oven and I did nothing but dressed a green salad. It was delicious, not too rich as lasagnes go and bursting with flavours and all the right textures. I probably won't ever make lasagne again, so thanks for making one that doesn't make me feel like I'll get a heart attack or die from e-number overdose.
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