Sunday Post: Splendid

Jake gives some meanings of splendid, such as: wonderful, impressive, magnificent, phenomenal, charming, superb, ingenious, excellent, surpassing, very good, superior, first-rate, elegant, gorgeous, grand, brilliant, starry, resplendent, glorious, heavenly, gorgeous, exquisite, lovely, resplendent, pleasing to the eye, majestic, exquisite, lovely,  great, and memorable! Since it is that time of year again I thought of this very splendid and memorable birthday lunch my husband organised for me in 2005. I only want to show you the most splendid part of all …. an ice bowl of flowers in which was served the most delicious plum sorbet.

 

We had a restaurant at the time, so although the concept was all his there was a chef involved too.  My husband Stuart made this bowl by picking flowers for our garden, calendulas and hollyhocks and possibly more, arranging them inside a large bowl, then sitting another slightly smaller bowl inside the first bowl. He poured water into the gap and placed it all in the freezer. When it was frozen the inside bowl was removed to reveal the stained glass effect of flowers in ice! Isn’t it magnificent?

The chef appeared at the table I shared with my friends, carrying a croquembouche, sparklers sizzling, everyone gazed in delight, then burst into “Happy Birthday”! Here is a close up of the ‘cake’ after we had already begun to help ourselves. This was pretty special too.

And would you like to see a photo of the proud organiser and ice-bowl maker? Here he is! He is rather splendid and magnificent himself.

Please read Jake’s post and join in with your interpretation of Splendid!