Miss Austria’s Bridal Shower

December 11, 2010 § 4 Comments


My girlfriend, Miss Austria, is getting married! Hooray!!

I simply love engagements! I clap my hands and squeal in eager anticipation for all the proposal details and wedding plans and Miss Austria’s tale is one of fairytale proportions! As a water-babe through and through Mr O really hit the mark with a wine and cheese picnic proposal overlooking Sydney Harbour (Ladies! Gaaaaaah!!) The wedding is planned for July 2012, somewhere in Europe with an ocean view and a ship’s Captain for celebrant!

In keeping with the water theme I thought a seaside inspired bridal shower was in order.

What with the weather heating up and a calorie-laden couple of weeks ahead to Christmas I wanted to keep the menu simple and fresh! An indoor beach-style picnic at my place would be ideal, out of the sun but with a picturesque view of north Bondi Beach and Rose Bay. Ten giggly ‘chickens’ decorated with blue balloons, white streamers and sea shells while I was in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on the menu.

What a lovely way to spend the afternoon, chatter, laughter, good food, a glass of bubbles! And the look on Miss Austria’s face when she walked into the room was truly priceless! Cheers to that!


Micro Salad Prosciutto Wraps

Spinach and Ricotta Quiche

Dainty Chicken Sandwiches

Choc-Dipped Strawberries

Sailor-Blue Cupcakes with royal icing hearts





Micro Salad and Prosciutto Wraps

24 baby green beans, tops trimmed

2 cups micro salad leaves or wild rocket

2 tbs toasted pine nuts

2 tbs freshly grated parmesan

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

12 thin prosciutto slices (plus I did 12 with marinated eggplant slices for the vegetarian guests)


Place the beans in a bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for 1 minute. Drain and refresh under cold water.

Combine the beans with the salad leaves, pine nuts and parmesan. Drizzle with oil and lemon juice, then season.

Lay out prosciutto slices, put a handful of bean mixture on each, then roll up.

Drizzle with balsamic and chilli flakes before serving.


Dainty Chicken Sandwiches

Serves 6

3 poached chicken breasts, shredded (or 1 family size BBQ chicken, skin removed, meat shredded)

4 generous tablespoons good quality, whole egg mayonnaise

6 chives, chopped

Wholegrain bread, crusts removed, sliced into 3cm lengths


Combine chicken, mayo and chives.

Place mixture neatly on top of bread and replace its ‘lid’.



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