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Where do I begin? I guess At the beginning! I live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia with my wonderful hubby, Matthew and our four angels (part time devils) Isaac, Reuben, Isabella, and Charlotte. Currently I'm a stay-at-home mum and I absolutely love that. Nothing else compares. I'm also studying the Master of Teaching part-time and I'm serving as the relief society president of our ward. I love being outside, especially in summer. I love big windows & lots of light. I love swimming, running and mowing the lawn! my favourite vegetable is carrots (or potatoes if mum's baked them) and I love fresh fruit salad. My most favourite thing to do is spend time with my precious family.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

masterchef...eat your heart out!

Reuben had an idea that a Masterchef party would be a fun thing to do...turns out he was right!
We have been waiting a looooooong time for this (the idea came after the first masterchef series) and Friday night the time finally arrived!
6 friends + 1 brother + self  = 8 eager (testosterone filled) boys!

isaac, blake, taka, connor,jozef, reuben, reuben, masa

Armed with bowl, spoon and apron the boys were paired up and out of a hat pulled a little piece of torn paper.  On the paper was written 'appetizer', 'entree', 'main', and of course, 'dessert'.  Once each couple had chosen their task they were given a green bag containing a recipe and ingredients and told they were free to express artistic license and to ask for extra ingredients if needed !!!  There were no time limits -within reason - just didn't want them to feel like they had to rush.

 Reuben & Reuben - Dessert

Masa & Blake - entree

Connor & Isaac - appetizer

Taka & Jozef - Main Course

They all set to work, and did so well together in their chosen pairs.  I was amazed to see how 'professional' they were.

About an hour and a half later Matt (Sayers) Preston showed up and we were ready to start the courses.

Beginning with a mexican inspired layered dip, corn chips & crackers.  This was delicious and was devoured in record time!

Entree was (my favourite) absolutely mouthwatering Chicken Satay Skewers.  I can say without doubt the best satay I've ever tasted! TRUE.

Main Course was Stuffed Jacket Potatoes and Salad...really tasty.  These boys took so much care with their method and presentation, I was really impressed.

Dessert was Individual Chocolate Self Sauce Puddings...need I say a thing?  sooooo good.

Clean up was a mammoth effort no one was exempt from.   After all, "Clean up is part of the process"

 Present opening followed by little bit of 'Spotlight' in the backyard and a little bit of 'X-Box' in the living room got rid of any residual 'boy energy' and the night was finished with a scrummy piece of Reuben's Birthday Mud Cake.

All the photos and video taken throughout the night will be made into a dvd this week for each of the boys to keep.

This was by far the best birthday party we have ever hosted...so much fun.  We'll definitely do it again.

P.S If anyone is interested in any of these recipes, especially the satay, just let me know and I'll post them


Essie said...

What an absolutely fantastic idea! Looked like heaps of fun!! Cool cool cool!

The Kings said...

oh that is sooooo cool and so good the boys were keen to do it. what a great idea - yes recipes please! :)

Debbie said...

Looks like a great time was had by all. It's making me hungry. Post the recipes please. Congrats to Reuben.

Nettie's Blog said...

wow i want a birthday party just like that ...and i want to be the judge Julie..(julie the last winner remember)
i would love the recipes to all the yummy dishes please post....if the boys can do it then our YWs could too..what a fun activity thanks boys

Watson said...

That's a great idea. The best thing is you didn't have to cook and clean all the mess up!

Ange Carmichael said...

Great idea - boys look liked they loved every minute of it!! I know a little aspiring 'cheffy' who would love this as his next party!!

We saw you at Salamanca but you were on your mobile...Leigh caught up with Declan down there too.

Aimee said...

Awesome!! LOVE it... bet all those boys will remember that party. Great idea!

Hannah Challis said...

This is awesome Blanche. Can't believe Reuben held out all that time waiting for this awesome party... well done Reubs! The dishes all look great!

Bron Williams said...

Blanche this is so so good.what a great party.yes would love the satay recipe.
best mum award 2U
and cute that teddy is in the cake pic :)

Charlotte said...

What a great idea! Very cool. Yes please the recipes would be very much appreciated.

Nikki said...

What a cool party. Looks like they all loved it. :)

kimmers said...

Absolutely YES! I would love these recipes. And you guys are the coolest parents and always do the most awesome stuff for your kids' birthdays!

Stephen and Chernoa said...

Matt, my goodness you are a crack up!!!! Whats an awesome idea...so much fun:)