Friday, March 25, 2011

Ladies Lunch #2

I promised some more pics of our fabulous ladies lunch, and here they are . . .
Esme put her new sewing skills to good use and whipped up a cool tablecloth for our 'nibbles bar'. Gotta love Ikea!
Fab nibbles by Amanda of feta and garlic dip with fried mint leaves and pita and cucumber . . .

. . . smoked salmon blinis . . .

. . . and figs with blue cheese and prosciutto. Oozey goodness!

Brooke followed up with a secret recipe that she struggled to recall.
"I just made it up!" she claims when I asked for her tips. "It's a bit of this, and a bit of that." Whatever it is, I want to eat it night and day!
Spinach and ricotta ravioli with pine nut, lemon, zucchini and spring onion dressing, topped with fresh basil and parmesan.

A heavenly combination I would NEVER have picked.

Hostess with the Mostest Esme teamed up with Marissa for mains - nothing beats good old fish and chips!

I had to skip off before Mains so didn't have the pleasure of feasting on this dish, but Esme kindly took pics for me . . . can't you tell how the quality's improved! Amazing how the eye of a graphic designer is so well trained . . . as opposed to the try-hard blogger!

Ab impressed with her feta and watermelon salad - always a hit with the ladies.
Kristy sealed the deal with pavlova and cream and fruit, then Alice and I pulled together for a cheese platter to top all cheese platters. Wish I'd taken a photo of my goodies! I'm talking quince paste, fresh figs, choc coated dried orange slices, muscatels, green grapes and panforte - decadently good with cheese.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the drinks! There was Pimms by Emma (hello London!) and not-so-innocent cocktails by Ruth that were far too easy to drink! Deeeee-lish!

SUCH a fun day, wish I didn't have to leave so early. One of these days, I will stay long enough to get past entree!
Thanks Es xoxo


Leah said...

This looks incredible!! It's totally inspiring me to throw a luncheon for my little ladies!

Kate said...

Leah, it's just the best! So nice to have it at home so that you're not rushed at a restaurant and yelling to be heard over the crowd. At home you can really put on the personal touches - like Esme's home made tablecloth! Make things easy for yourself and get everyone to bring a course, it's exciting seeing it all come together and guessing what the next course will be!