23 January 2013

Open your eyes and see, what we have made is real



Over the holiday period our lovely friends Nicole and Toby were in town (from Queensland) visiting family and friends. We had them over for a little dinner party one night.
 I frigging love having dinner parties.

 

The planning is the best bit, as I get quite excited when looking at recipes. I’m a bit obsessed with collecting all sorts of recipes from all over the place, for all sorts of dietary requirements. I have gluten and lactose intolerant friends, vegetarian and vegan friends and I like to think I can cater for all of them.
In fact, I like the challenge!
It's not like I'm a great cook or anything, I just enjoy it, and sharing food rocks!
 



The most bizarre and tricky think I ever made was a vegan cheesecake. I slaved for hours over it, and it was bloody disgusting.
Our vegan friends loved it, however!
It is really wonderful when I don’t have to worry about it and cook whatever I feel like, of course.
I get to do that most days of the week; Wolver G is splendidly open to almost anything I cook him.
It’s a good quality in a man, I feel.



Wearing:
Frock-80's, Portland
(we were with that lucious Krista on Hawthorne St!)
Bow-from my gorgeous Sarita
Sunglasses-opshopped
Earrings-darling Tamera
White beads, red beads-opshopped
Pendant-Oaxaca, strung by moi
Shoes-Trade Me?

X

PS: The sweetest Squirrel had a birthday on Sunday!
Do pop over and wish her a belated birthday-I bloody well thought it was yesterday, so I've already been belated!
Numbnuts!

47 comments:

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Splendid frock & splendid melon my dear! You look marvelously tropical. I can't wait to sample some of your delicious food sometime. I maybe lacking in comments for a while, just know I still love you & I'll be reading your posts when I can. Xx

Vicky said...

I love cooking also oh and you might want to look at the last picture and the position of the horns LOL

Val Sparkle said...

Those colors are balm for my northern eyes - all I see here is gray and other shades of gray.

I love the horns on your hat (third picture) and that gorgeous dress!

Trees said...

Oh Helga! I love your dress - you always look so divine. I want to come to a dinner party at your house one day:D

Carina Rosenholm said...

I love coocking ! And i love your dress and your shoes! Im a sucker för red .

The Grande Dame said...

Cute red shoes!! And I love the little ruffly sleeves/shoulders on your dress.
Vegan cheesecake sounds... interesting!

Veshoevius said...

This outfit is so wonderfully colourful and tropical! You look like the sort of lady who would dance around her verandah all day shaking maracas and singing and has her own pet toucan. Love the dress and the shoes! It takes patience and generosity to cook for others and accomodate all their dietry requirements - I salute you!

edie pop said...

The exotic print is fabulous on you and the plastic pose with the fake melon is unforgettable!!
The accessories and in particular the necklaces are friggin' fabulous!!
You are my ideal hostess, as allergic to some foods and vegetarian, it's always difficult to go to my friends houses (here is not so common being vegetarian or vegan) and find a perfect meal made just for me, it's usually :"You've made your bed, now lie in it!" kind of situation and I'm always the weird one who can always help herself in the garden!
Love xxxxxxxx

Louise Mc said...

I love entertaining at home too, it's such fun isn't it? It doesn't seem to be as popular here though to have dinner soirees and stuff, which is pants because I like to feel all Abigail's party lol. I definitely think being open to food experimentation is a good quality in a chap... Or in anyone for that matter. Xx

señora Allnut said...

it's absolutely refreshing watching your Summery and Colorful outfit, and I'm loving your dress frill, so fridesque and colorful!
besos & calor

bonsaimum said...

God I love those shoes!!!

Devil made in Heaven said...

Amazing dress! And I love your red shoes. I love red shoes. My feet are a bit to small for regular shoes (european size 35) and it is hard to find nice open shoes.
Dinner parties are great. I love spending time with friends over a good meal and a good glass wine. And when you love to cook (and you love cookbooks :)) you really should check out Little Paris Kitchen from Rachel Khoo. It is my favorite. She wears also the most gorgeous vintage dresses.
xxx Jolanda.

Fiona said...

Lovely frockage, such a happy design and fabbo shoes also. Glad G man eats what is put in front of him, can't be doing with picky eaters myself, it's just not manly. There's grub on my blog today too, bloody delish!

Perdita said...

Such a bright, summery look. I am also a recipe addict... I've got worse since I joined pinterest and various other websites, I pin or print everything!!!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Well I'm just going to HAVE to invite myself over for dinner pronto, coz I eat anything except black liquorice. Easy-peeeeeeeezy eh?!!! Oh and could you pleeeeeeeeeeeeze wear that gloriarse frock and pendant? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep I do LOVE a frill!!!!!! Slurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrps to you baby:) xoxoxoxoxoxo

Frocktasia said...

Stunning dress Helga and you wear it exceptionally well.
Vegan cheesecake, I can imagine that tasted rancid cause all the vegan cheese I have ever bought from health food shops has tasted like vomit...vegan cheese just doesn't do it for me.
I think it's grand that you catering for your friends though, I have requested vegan meals in restaurants and still ended up with a plate laced with dairy :(
My mum is a cooking legend though, she really pulls out all the stops when we visit, much like you she loves a challenge and loves cooking new things. She makes a mean (un)traditional Swedish vegan pickled "herring" with aubergine taking the place of the fish, it's yummy...xXx

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

What an awesome hostess you are - I'm one of those gluten-free people, and the kind caring with which you take on the challenge, and your intention for everyone to have a fantastic time, really grab my heart. You also look divine! Spectacular colours! Fabulous shoes! xoxoxo

LandGirl1980 said...

Hot diggity! You are smokin' in this dress and big fuck off bow. As always.

I too have a man who will eat anything I cook. Best quality ever.

CityScape Skybaby said...

I imagine your dinner parties being a fabulous affair Helga, and you being a great hostess, looking fantastic, entertaining everyone and tending to their needs, just like I'd like to be but never am! I've seen pics of the food you've cooked and it always looks delicious, and now I'm feeling hungry thinking about it. xx

delia hornbook said...

I love cooking to and as im a vegetarian also its great thinking up new recipes. I agree with you its a nice quailty in a man if they eat anything as they appreciate it to. John didn't eat anything when we got together no vegetables that was for sure. So its been great fun teaching his tastebuds. Love your dress and shoes you look gorgeous, dee xx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

The dress is fantastic, looks like it might be Hawaiian-- you're a total stunner in it! Loving whatever you cook is a fantastic quality in a man-- he's a keeper! Dinner parties are fun-- now I want to have one!

pastcaring said...

That's it, I'm coming over for dinner right now! No special dietary requirements, unless you count eating and drinking a LOT! I am such a greedy bugger... But ever so easy to please, not picky in the slightest! I bet you are a great cook and an even better hostess, Helga.
I am a little in love with that fabulous frock, it's so bright and summery with its ruffly sleeves and wonderful print. Gorgeous!
PS. Can you hit that final note when you sing Xanadu? Go for it! xxxxx

Miss Magpie said...

get you in your flowery frock! Fabularse darling.

God I wish Himself was more accommodating when it comes to food he's such a fussy bugger it drives me nuts.

Rosina Lee said...

Looking positively tropical doll!.
Sweets could you update the web address on my bloggy to http://newvintagenz.blogspot.co.nz/ ? I mucked around with it and its not linking with the original...whoops!

thorne garnet said...

Vegan cheesecake? Why bother, when there's so many other things to make? Bless you for making it. You look stunning as usual.

Ofelia said...

What a splendid dress and accessories!
It reminds me of the "comidas" (lunches or dinners) that I had growing up in Puerto Rico. Spending time in the backyard with many of my friends and some loud music playing in the background.

menopauselsupermodel said...

I love cooking, too--especially dishes from around the world. I read cookbooks for entertainment (I collect--have maybe 400+)

Love the outfit--you definitely were the hostess with the mostest!!

Mariela said...

That frock looks like a summer dinner frock. I love it.

liz said...

"G is splendidly open to almost anything I cook him.
It’s a good quality in a man, I feel."--Josh is the same way, and I love it! Easy to please. :) Love the combo of the blue earrings + blue flowers and the watermelon! Ahhh, I'm dreaming of summer!

Crystal Lee said...

You don’t wear 80s garments too much, but this dress sure looks good on you. It has a senorita quality about it, and is very flattering on you. Good for you for trying out new dishes. I am the worst cook, unfortunately, so I depend on friends often to feed me. Cheers to friends that can cook!

Krista Gassib said...

I saw you in this dress!!!! In real life oh now I miss you even more and need a Helga squeeze! You look tastier than watermelon on a 100 degree day! I couldn't agree with you more about the joy of cooking, it's fun and feeding others shows them you love em'! I wish I could have cooked for you guys!
XXOO

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

You are a ray of sunshine to me! We are -3 today with a wind chill of -14. Tonight we are supposed to be 25 below zero! I am keeping warm by looking at your sunshiney posts! Keep 'em coming!

Joni said...

That is a great quality to have in a man. Mine is so non-picky I've never given it much thought. I have a new appreciation for that now thanks to you. ;)
Your beauty is like a ripe juicy watermelon! Much more juicy than the one you're holding too.

Vintage Coconut said...

You look absolutely divine in that cheery frock holding your melons! =p
*hehehe*

two squirrels said...

Oh you and G have the best dinner parties!!!!! You look so very tropical in that fabulous dress miss Helga!!!!!
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, you are lovely.
Love V

WendyB said...

You're making me crave summer!

Kitty said...

Xanadu!! I'd happily go there for your cooking my love, I'm sure it's completely SPLENDIFEROUS!!!! And don't look a fucking marvel in that dress, as said above very summery and tropical, yay!!

freckleface said...

Fabulous frock. I'd have to steal that off you if I got within 10 yards. It's the ruffle that does it for me.
You look a real tropical delight with your melons, I mean melon.
You sound a very versatile cook and I bet you are the hostess with the mostest PLUS! xxx

Sacramento Amate said...

Love, love love the dress and gorgeous shoes, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
You kill me everytime, my dearest, Helga.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Wendy said...

Cracking up over the part about how the vegan cheesecake turned out disgusting but your vegan friends loved it... I had a similar incident with cup cakes, lol (they were soooo gross but my gluten free friends thought it was the bomb). If it makes them happy, right?! :)

Your outfit is, as always, beyond amazing! You make me smile, Helga!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I LOVE that dress my darling, it's so bright and sunny and it's so dreary here I need you my tutti fruiti titty wonder to brighten up my day. You look wonderful. The sunnies, the hair bow, the delicious plastic jewellery. Have you lost weight? And obviously I love that pendant! xxxxxx

Emalina said...

What a brilliant colour POP, you look beautiful! Such a stunning dress, and styled very sexy Carmen Miranda.

Renia said...

You look amazing! A want this dress!:) Kisses x x x x

Misfits Vintage said...

Fark a duck darling - i ADORE you in this gorgeous dress!!! The entire ensemble is stunning, OF COURSE, the ruffle on the dress and the SHOES and hair bow are SPLENDID!!! I love dinner parties too - and I can't wait to try your delicious Sarah-friendly food!! Love you more than watermelon! Sarah xxx

joyatri said...

I love your Minnie Mouse bow and the fruffley neckline of that dress. Aren't you a sweetheart for doing specialized catering. I'm sure I'd love your vegan cheesecake, too.
I envy you your non-picky G. Although my guy is so picky, we've agreed that when we're together, he does the cooking. Suits me!

Rose&Bird said...

Very Carmen Miranda, you just need a fruit bowl for your head! What a great hostess, would love to come to yours for dinner! Mr R&B eats pretty much anything either, I think he's just happy if doesn't have to cook it!

JG Ruddock said...

I worked out how to comment. I've overcome the Blogger black hole I had fallen into... and my first comment goes to you, dear Helga and that RAD dress!! You look so gorgeous: watermelon lady of my dreams xo