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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Mojitos & Merriment

I love a party. I love cooking, making fun cocktails and most of all I love seeing old friends. I've known Katie and Fran for over 18 years, and apart from the addition of their two lovely gents, they haven't changed a bit since we said our first hello on the playground. 

I couldn't wait to show them our new home for the first time, and some strong summery cocktails were in order. The garden is being taken over by mint, so I got snipping and muddled it with white rum, sugar, fresh limes and lemonade to make boozy mojitos. 

New dress from here

I filled the house with flowers in honour of their visit. I love white lillies and the gorgeous purple shade of these papery limonium. I even bought a new dress for the occasion, printed with big ferns and flowers.  

The garden is full of mosquitoes because of all this evening rain, so I lit a couple of huge citronella candles to keep them away. They smell amazing and the bugs hate them. Everyone was also armed with spray to keep the little bastards at bay! 

We sat and sipped our minty drinks and caught up. They went down so easily we made lots more batches until we ran out of limes. After switching to bottled lemon juice, we finally had to concede and drink wine. 
Our lovely friends from Paris also joined the fun, and brought us some special little gifts for the house. 

We cooked garlic and lemon chicken thighs, caramelised onion and pork sausages, ribs in sticky marinade and steak burgers with blue cheese. I made some cheats fresh parmesan and sundried tomato bread which was delicious, and for dessert we had ice cream smothered in my mum's dark chocolate sauce (I'll post the recipe later). 

After the third pitcher of mojitos the evening's events get a little fuzzy, but it looks like we did enjoy the chocolate sauce! A lovely night with lifelong friends that I just don't see enough of. 

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