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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Dread Cap'n Conor turns One Score and Eight

Gather round lads and lasses
   with tankards of rum
   and I'll tell ye a tale tall and true,
Of a great ship that set out
   to pillage and burn,
   with the dread Cap'n Conor and crew.

The crew had been gathered
   from far and beyond,
   the Captain had sent out a missive -
they'd must be decked out
   in their finest attire
   (the Kiwi was even imprissive).

Poop deck was scrubbed clean
   and plank polished smartly
   (ye'll never get splinters on this, mate),
the cannonballs were
   even rubbed long and hard,
   they'll shine as they turn ye to shark bait.

The cook had been locked
   in the galley all week,
   because the smart Captain be knowin'
that mutinous plans
   are not often made
   when fine grub be plentifully flowin'.

Palm platters, hummus with chilli, beetroot dip and parrot food. Keep ya mits off my bounty..

 Cackle berries, Peanut Parrot Pies, Seaweed Scrolls and Spanakopitarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs (made with puff pastry... this here pirate don't play by the rules, savvy?)

The crew they were gettin' 
   three sheets to the wind, 
   and sharin' their plunderin' tales,
(except for Slim Jim 
   who had given up grog, 
   and now takes fat tourists to whales).

The lookout was taking 
   a caulk in the crow's nest, 
   the enemy ship was soon there,
the Cap'n thought quick, 
   she grabbed for her cutlass, 
   and smartly leapt through the dark air.

Her cutlass was sharp, 
   but her wits they were sharper, 
   the crew looked on and were elated.
The three chocolate layers
   put up a good fight
   but soon they were sliced up and plated.
Best. Birthday Cake. Ever. The Ship's Pâtissier will be getting an extra ration of rum! And oranges! Thanks again mate!

The Cap'n could not be
   a happier lass,
   the party it sure was a beauty.
You can keep all the gold
   and the jewels and the pearls,
   for my friends are the real bloody booty! 

 This appears to be my 100th blog post! Cheers to that, me hearties!


Panamahat February 16, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

I. am. JEALOUS! Happy (now belated) birthday, and I hope my card made it there on time. xx

Mark @ Cafe Campana February 16, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

Wow this post was like a total overdose of goodness. Written in verse, a palm tree made from a capsicum, carrot and potato, cute little food titles with singed edges, costumes and a pirate ship.

Great work!!

Tim February 16, 2010 at 8:49 PM  

A great night, pity for the folks who got beheaded at the sword of Cap'n Conor as illustrated ___________________
ʞuɐ1d ǝɥʇ buıʞ1ɐʍ ǝq ı ʍou ɹɹɹɐ

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

Panamahat - thanks my lovely! You actually got in a couple of hours early with the wishes, the big day is tomorrow and I am planning to spend the entire time eating! Bliss. (no sign of the card yet, will let you know when Aust Post allows me to receive it. Thanks for sending one, you sweet thing)

Mark @ Cafe Campana - aw, thanks so much! A total overdose of goodness sounds like the ticket :D

Tim - indeed a great night, cheers for coming!! Heh, I was thinking of making reference to having chopped their heads off but just didn't have another stanza left in me. My head, however, is unchopped. Thought I'd celebrate my 100th post with a grand unveiling, so to speak... hope I don't lose any readers! :D

Pam February 17, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

What an awesoome party! The b-day cake looked spectacular. Happy 100th post.

Anonymous February 17, 2010 at 1:22 AM  

What a fun and delicious party! I love that birthday cake, so neat! Happy birthday to you and congrats on the big 100 posts!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite February 17, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

Congrats on the 100th post! And on your birthday. Am SO jealous. I guess my invite got lost in the mail...

PS: you totally don't look like what I was expecting. I thought you were a brunette....

PPS: You're so young....

Belle@Ooh, Look February 17, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

Haha, you old salt, you! Are you actually a sailor? You know words like jib, and shanty... Congratulations on your 100th post, hope there's many more.

SilverMoon Dragon February 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

Happy Birthday for tomorrow, and congrats on 100 posts!

Iron Chef Shellie February 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM  

LOL!! awesome post. I'm glad the poop deck had been cleaned ;)
What an awesome cake too. Looks like ye had a ripper of a parteeee...yarrr!

Happy 100th post too!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

Happy 100th post and birthday Conor! Cute pic-this is the first time I've seen you!

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge February 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

oh I've been waiting for this post. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONOR!! The party looks like it was a blast, and the cake looks a treat!!

HAPPY 100th post too!!

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz February 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

Happy Bday XOXOXO Happy 100th blog.
WE see you your face OMG

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 17, 2010 at 12:19 PM  

Pam - thank you! Sadly, I only have one piece of the cake left in the fridge, though I'm surprised it has lasted this long :)

5 Star Foodie - I was so excited by this cake! Thank you very much!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite - thank you! Yes, damn Australia Post! So unreliable. I saved you a piece of cake but something must have happened to it. Ermmm... brunette, yes well perhaps there may be some truth in that ;)

Belle@Ooh, Look - hehe, yes you've caught me out! I'm as sailory as they come, these sea legs o' mine have been walking the deck since you were kneehigh to a grasshopper. Thank you :) :)

SilverMoon Dragon - thanks very much!!

Iron Chef Shellie - thanks mate! 'twas a ripsnorter of a night, and that cake was (and still is) so so good. Thanks!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - thank you! I know, it feels a little odd to show myself, I wonder if I'll still be able to walk the streets without being swamped by fans. Or pelted with tomatoes :D

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge - THANK YOU!!! It was all fantastic! Woo :)

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz - thank you thank you! Hehe OMG, shocking I know! :D

Hannah February 17, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

Congrats on reaching 100 posts, Conor! I know what a great milestone that is.

It looks like your pirate party a lot of fun, with your usual fabulous attention to detail. Thanks for sharing & giving me some great ideas for my next themed party!

H :)

MaryMoh February 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

Happy Happy Birthday! We should celebrate our birthdays together next year and cause a blast around the blogosphere :D Such an awesome birthday on your side! That's lots of fun. And the birthday cake is amazing! Congrats for your 100th post! Keep it up. Enjoy your lovely blog.

penny aka jeroxie February 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

Happy birthday and 100th post! YAY! Looks like you had a great time. Aye Capt!

mademoiselle délicieuse February 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM  

Congrats on ye 100th post! Mounds of wonderful looking bounty and love how you've removed all faces from photos to 'protect the innocent' =p

Anonymous February 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

That is one awesome party! Betcha had the rum flowin! :) I love dress up parties, especially when it's held at home. You can go extra crazy and wear extra silly outfits!

Rilsta February 18, 2010 at 6:44 AM  

Happy birthday Conor! Was looking forward to this post after hearing all about the planning! :) Everything looks so awesome - you are the queen of theme parties!

Congrats too on the 100th post - it's a fitting occasion coinciding with your birthday post!

Great photo of you too! You should so be in the next Pirates of the Carribean! You'll give Keira Knightley a run for her money! ;)

Emma @CakeMistress February 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

Arrrrr, your party looks like heaps of fun. And that pirate ship cake is so so cool :)
Happy birthday & Happy 100th post too!

A cupcake or two February 19, 2010 at 4:19 AM  

Conor happy birthday Hun. Your blog just gets more interesting every post. Arrrrr me hearties ehehe. Congratulation on your 100th blog post too.

Betty @ The Hungry Girl February 19, 2010 at 7:11 AM  

Happy birthday & Happy 100th post! Looks like a fabulous party was had! Here's to 100 more fabulous posts :)

Arwen from Hoglet K February 19, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

I love the names - especially the spanakopitarrrr! Happy Birthday!

Anita February 19, 2010 at 1:35 PM  

Love the Cake!!!! Happy birthday and happy 100th post too!

info February 19, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

WOAH. You look gorgeoussssss!

Also, I want those spanokopitarrrs hehe YUM. Seems to be lots of vegetarian friendly food, I may just grace your party in my dreams tonight and sail away with that mega-cake.

Annette @ Wellness WA February 19, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

That last comment was me, woooops!

Trissa February 19, 2010 at 11:45 PM  

Sorry I missed greeting you on your birthday! Happy Birthday, Happy 100th post! Love the Pirate Theme - my nephew would love it too!

Chef Fresco February 20, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

Haha what a fun party! Happy birthday and 100th post!

Kitchen Butterfly February 21, 2010 at 1:29 AM  

What a groove and happy 100th post!

3 hungry tummies February 21, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

Great post! Happy 100th post!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 22, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

Hannah - thank you! It feels like it took a while, but I'm glad to be here. My pleasure, although there are heaps of elements I forgot to photograph in all the chaos!

MaryMoh - thank you! We totally should! Imagine all the cakes we could eat :D Thanks so much for your kind words!

penny aka jeroxie - hehe thank you! :D :D

mademoiselle délicieuse - thanks!! Haha I know, I feel a bit weird showing so many headless bodies but I couldn't resist showing off some of the great costumes. Off with their heads!

vickys - Thanks, and the rum surely was a-flowin :D Yes for sure, when it is at your own house you don't have to concern yourself with the possibility of your car breaking down on the way, or having to wait for the bus in your costume :)

Rilsta - thank you!! :D I know, the timing was perfect, really! Thanks lovely, not sure that I can quite pout it up against Keira but I could have a good crack at it :)

Emma @CakeMistress - thanks mate!! I'm a lucky lass to have gotten such a cake, shame my fridge seems to have eaten it so quickly. Damn fridge.

A cupcake or two - thank you :) hehe you sweetie.

Betty @ The Hungry Girl - thank you! It surely was, and I'm looking forward to eating the next 100 posts :)

Arwen from Hoglet K - thanks!!

Anita - thanks very much!

Annette @ Wellness WA - aww thanks! Yes I am pretty good at making sure I have some vego food when I throw parties, though vegans may have a slightly more tricky time. A-ha!! So it was YOU who made my cake magically disappear piece by piece from the fridge!

Trissa - not a problem, happy to have you here now! Thank you :) It's a great kids theme, though perhaps with a little less rum ;)

Chef Fresco - thanks so much!

Kitchen Butterfly - thank you!! :)

3 hungry tummies - thanks!!

Cakelaw February 24, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

Happy belated birthday and congrats on 100 posts. Looks like it was a fun party.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Cakelaw - thanks very much!

Agnes March 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

I'm just catching up on blog reading - so a very happy belated birthday! Loved the rhyme (err... pirate shanty?) and photos and food and well, everything! Your birthday cake was pretty damn fantastic too!

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