Huzzah! Finally the big day is here and we have dusted off our anniversary bbq! It’s been two years ago today that we got hitched and I wanted to continue the tradition of having a bbq of sorts, not only to celebrate, but also to have one day a year that we turn on the oven and let whirr the food processor in order to feed everyone as a thank-you for all their hard work in keeping us sane and happy and for all their help. We really would be in tatters without our family, so I’m always excited to have an excuse to try and spoil them Marmo-style.
Two years is not really such a stretch of time, if you compare it to family members that have been married for more than 60 years, but I consider it a success in negotiation and compromise, at the very least 😉 Man-thing is such a pie – he sings songs for Gatsby, cleans out the litter box, and puts up with my face-pulling every time he swoops in for a smooch. I’m so spoiled to have someone in my life that appreciates anti-social behaviour, understands the beauty of dorkness, and is also rather swashbuckling. I’m even more blessed that he comes with an awesome family, who were half the reason I married him. I couldn’t imagine not having all those wonderful people in my life, so I simply had to snap him up. Added to that my own awesomesauce family and there’s a good deal of cheer to be had in life, and a lot of support for when we bustle through all sorts of new experiences. It’s always difficult to show people just how much they make your life better, and a bbq is a paltry way of doing it, but hopefully between the flatbread and my flapping mouth they will feel appreciated!
Anyway, onto the noms! 😀
Kristy’s awesome flatbread – I made lots (LOTS) but it’s so much fun to watch the stuff rise and puff!
Beetroot hummus, eggplant + peppadew hummus, and olive hummus (all homemade, just random mish-mash of ingredients!)
Vegan Richa’s frittata – I just had to make it, because it’s so easy to whip up and we pretty much live off this during the week for lunch and tea-time snackage!
Cranberry + multi-seed + nut coastal crackers from wholehearted eats – this was a real favourite, because there’s no way you can really go wrong with the different possible combinations of dried fruit and nuts. It’s like candy – topped with jam or a savoury smear!
Pesto polenta stacks – this stuff is so easy and delicious to make! I topped it with a mixture of sun-dried tomato pesto and my own artichoke pesto.
Vibrant salad – quinoa, strawberries, peppers, baby corn, greens, baby tomatoes…so much! I had more ingredients but the bowl got kind of full :p
Chocolate pudding cake – I got the family seal of approval after vegan-izing and gluten-free-ifying it! I’m super chuffed because it’s always nerve-wrecking transforming beloved family recipes. It’s rather difficult to take photos of this delicious cake though, but honestly, the name should be sufficient! I made two cakes the morning of, and it’s really much easier than the recipe may imply. In less than 10 minutes the cakes were in the oven! It can’t get better than that.
Needless to say we had enough food, and more than enough for everyone to get take-aways, because the dishes themselves are rather filling. Best of all, no complaints! I was so happy that everyone managed to find something they liked, because it’s always a bit nerve-wrecking to feed omnivores! For some reason we also get presents every year and we got two awesome Le Creuset spatulas with wooden handles from Vibeke, some amazing cloth for covering the dining room chairs we’re going to be getting from Rikke, and a super fantastic lucky packet of dried fruits and nuts from my aunt and uncle (our near-empty fruit & nut drawer is sighing in relief!).
All in all, it was a pretty fantastic day! I took today off in anticipation of being exhausted after all the preparation, but actually it was so ridiculously easy to take my time during the week and make and freeze everything beforehand – all my lists and endless planning paid off! So now I’m at home twiddling my thumbs. Perfect excuse to shake out the yoga mat, methinks!