Saturday evening I went to dinner at a friend's home and made a hummingbird cake to take along. I usually make this cake using this recipe from Southern Living. The Southern Living website notes that, since the recipe first ran in 1978, it is the most requested recipe in Southern Living history. And, for good reason. Doesn't it look delicious?
(Photo by Lee Harrelson/Southern Living).
For the chocolate lovers in the group, I also made a Chocolate Charlotte that looked just like this...
This morning, I am going with a group of friends to the watch the Melbourne Cup races at the Amari Watergate Hotel downtown. The Melbourne Cup is held the first Tuesday of each November - similar to the elections in the U.S. but heaps more fun! Held in Victoria, the Melbourne Cup is Australia's premier horse racing event and is known as "the race that stops a nation". When we lived in Australia, I remember this as being a huge event in our town, to the extent that the kids made fancy hats in their art classes and wore them while they watched the races in the school's assembly hall. The Australian-New Zealand Women's Group of Bangkok is sponsoring this charity luncheon but I am not quite sure of the benefiting charity (or charities).
There will be ten of us at our table - all of us are from Nichada and I think we all have children at ISB. We had dresses made (same style & colors) and will be competing in the "Best Dressed Table" contest. Although the dress is totally not my style, it is nice but it is very, very tight. In fact, before I left my final fitting at the dressmaker's shop, I made sure I could walk up the stairs and sit down in a chair without ripping open a seam. I am still not sure how I will get into the car - I might need to hike it up around my waist and climb up quickly. It will be interesting for sure.
Since horse races and fancy hats go hand in hand...One of the women in our group is incredibly talented and she designed & made amazing hats for all of us to wear. It seems the contests are quite competitive because we were warned to keep our outfits and hats undercover until the day of the event. However, since I will be leaving in a little while, here is a sneak peek of my hat...
Have a great Tuesday!