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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


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It was a small party Chez Moi following the artist reception for a group collage show "Pasted". I had entered three pieces and my friends who were eating my food and drinking my wine all loved my work. Any surprises here?

It was also Other Ellen's birthday and I had promised to make her my best orange/sour cream bundt cake with orange/Grand Marnier glaze and a fresh strawberry sauce to spoon over ad lib. Too cheap to buy a pack of official birthday candles I raided my closet for three votive candles used in another photo shoot and three small clay flower pots. The center of the cake screamed for a fresh flower arrangement.
Three floors up in the roof garden I tend for my building, I pruned rose hips from the climber 'New Dawn', a few stems of lavender foliage still in perfect shape, (unheard of for NYC in January) and three stems of an unknown Euphorbia. I placed the stems in water in a porcelain egg cup I keep for miniature arrangements.
Five days later, the euphorbia BLOOMED, and no, I hadn't singed the bottom of the stems, just allowed them to seep milky sap into the water.In summer it's easy to decorate cakes like this from what I grow on the roof; though decidedly less showy, I was even more pleased with my winter bouquet.
(photo ©Alan& Linda Detrick, Ellen Spector Platt design)


Ellen Zachos said...

I can testify: it was delicious!

Ellen Spector Platt said...

LRK said:I loved it! The pictures were great. Watch out or I will suggest that you be responsible for the centerpiece (s) for my fab birthday celebration.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

yes, my sixth career is in the offing.

cindy said...

ellen, you seem to be able to make anything a party. whoo hoo for you! (and happy b'day, ellen z! i'm right behind you!)

Geraldine said...

Everything looks beautiful and the cake, so yummy!

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