It’s been awhile.  I have been busy catching up on four seasons of Game of Thrones. What have I been doing with my life?  I’ve missed all these historical events: The war in Westoros…. The wildlings marching toward the wall under Mance Rayder…. Daenerys Targaryen’s efforts to raise forces to retake the Iron Throne…..  Am counting the sleeps till Season 5.

In other happenings, we celebrated my husband’s 33rd birthday last weekend with a French Open (Roland Garros) theme (remember last year’s Wimbledon theme?).

french open playing tennis

french open cup

As much as I enjoy going all out with a theme, I saved myself the expense of resurfacing the tennis court with clay, and instead focussed on recreating the food experience of the French Open.  Fortunately, the food is basic at the French Open, with a ham baguette being the most popular food item sold.

french open baguettes

Macarons are also popular.

French open macarons

I cheated with Adrian Zumbo’s passionfruit packet mix macarons (used 3 packets).  I’m not sure where the CWA stands on these, but I won’t be buying them again.  So much effort for little return.  Respect for his pressure point tips, but egg whites are superior.

Recreated the event’s signature cocktail ‘The Ace’ and ‘The Royal Ace’.

french open ace cocktail

french open The Ace cocktails

Save yourself 10 Euros, and make some basil syrup (bring to boil: 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup basil; simmer, strain)

french open basil syrup

And some cucumber syrup (bring to boil: 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup grated cucumber; simmer, strain)

french open cucumber syrup

Add lime juice, and top with perrier (for ‘The Ace’) or Moet Chandon (for ‘The Royal Ace’).


Enjoy with a slice of Angel Food cake.

French open cake

33 is my husband’s lucky number, so I have a good feeling about this year.

anniversary 33 cake

The family holiday in Cairns and Port Douglas was wonderful.  As much as the boys enjoyed snorkelling at the reef, the submersive boat experience, the Kuranda sky rail and a helicopter ride over Port Douglas, apparently the Madagascar movie was the highlight of the trip!

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 My highlight was a snorkelling adventure tour on the Reef Magic.  My husband thought it  hilarious that I was the only person on the advanced snorkelling tour wearing a life vest.  So much to see- schools of parrot fish, angel fish, clown fish, barracuda etc.  And just when I was feeling like zebra print was a little too everywhere, I saw a school of diagonally striped sweetlips.

diagonal banded sweetlipEmbrace the print people.

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BeFunky_cairns zebra.jpg

Enough about me.  How are you?  Any recent holidays, birthday celebrations, Game of Thrones insights to share?

And what do we think of the new seals that have popped up on two litre bottles of milk?  Overkill?

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14 comments on “33

  1. Mother Down Under on said:

    Yes! Overkill on those seals! While we are on the subject, I hate “easy open” things that are not in fact easy to open!
    Your holiday looks like it was wonderful.
    I myself have been keeping myself occupied with Project Runway. I find Tim Gunn so soothing.

  2. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me on said:

    Looks like a lovely affair, and isn’t Port just the best? Wish we could get up there more. I hope you’re keeping well x

  3. coulda shoulda woulda on said:

    I am waiting for the next season of GOT and I annoying keep saying winter is coming but everyone indulges each other because i am not the only one who says these sorts of things. Meanwhile due to jetlag i have been letting breaking bad keep me company and i am feeling a bit empty after finishing it last night….I miss those drug dealers and meth heads.

    • admin on said:

      Am kind of glad I watched it in bulk, because I don’t know how I’m going to go waiting whole weeks between episodes! As for Breaking Bad, that’s on my short list for next series, along with Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

  4. Faux Fuchsia on said:

    Obsessed with GOT.

    Do you know that in real life Hodor is a dj and drag queen?

    You look good let’s catch up xxx

  5. Cilla on said:

    oh hai! welcome back! xxx

  6. Heidi on said:

    Good work on the savings strategy by not getting a clay court! I tried the Donna Hay macaron mix, and had disappointing results. Those things were enormous. More like whoopee pies than Macarons. Cocktails look delish. Why is it that you can spend a fortune on a holiday for your kids and then the best part is the cheapest/ something they could do at home?? Trip looks lovely. How much longer till baby #3 arrives?

  7. The Hipsterette on said:

    HWIH -welcome back from your travels in the Far North – looks like a great time was had by all.

  8. Rita @ The Crafty Expat on said:

    I must get into Game of Thrones. Love your recipe of The Ace, sounds very refreshing. Happy birthday to your hubby!

  9. Alicia - One Mother Hen on said:

    Love those syrup recipes. Hope you’re well. Love YOU embracing the print xx Happy birthday to hubby, oh to be 33!

  10. Sydney Shop Girl on said:

    Thanks for the lowdown on the Zumbo mix. I did have my suspicions.

    SSG xxx

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