Last week, Bertie and I celebrated eleven years since he first adopted me. To mark this special event, my mother made a delightful vegetarian feast. Bertie is a well-rounded dog and enjoys his veggies as well as meat. He especially likes black-eyed peas, but that's neither here nor there. I'll tell you, the meat was not missed as we enjoyed this fantastic meal of roasted broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, tomatoes and eggplant with grilled portobello mushrooms and mashed potatoes infused with horseradish and herbs.
The anniversary of Bertie's adoption was further celebrated with a colorful array of cupcakes. Yellow and chocolate cupcakes were iced with piped peaks of brilliantly-hued buttercream and mocha. The lot of them rather put me in mind of Brighton Pavilion. But, unlike George IV's seaside folly, these cupcakes were delicious as well as attractive.