After five years of writing about my life ‘from VIP entrances in Versace to service entrances in my apron‘ I’m running out of ideas on how to keep you entertained by a wedding that happened three decades ago (wow, another Rip Van Winkle moment). I’m a little tired of writing about my UN-anniversary.  However, while doing a major spring clean of the house I did stumble upon a few photos from our honeymoon that even I didn’t know existed. I thought they’d make a fun early birthday gift for our daughter, Tatjana to see.

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Rhodes

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Rhodes – 30 years ago

Nick and I figured where better for Mr. & Mrs. Rhodes to begin married life than on the island of Rhodes? So, we chartered a yacht to cruise the Greek islands for a few weeks.

Angie Best at my wedding

Angie Best at my wedding

One sun-drenched morning in Mykonos, we woke to find my good friend Angie Best (ex-wife of footballer George Best) on board a yacht next to ours in the marina. Her yacht dwarfing ours, I might add.

Mykanos with Angie & Calum Best

Mykanos with Angie & Calum Best

As romantic as the honeymoon had been – it was a welcome surprise to spend a few fun-filled days with Angie, her gorgeous (then) little boy Calum, and friend Michael Lewis.

A lesson in focusing

A lesson in focusing

Apart from the usual giggles over lunch, a little sight-seeing, and a whole lot of shopping (you know Jewels was not going to miss Lalaounis with their stunning 22 ct. gold jewelry) we did squeeze in time for Angie to give me a waterskiing lesson in the sparkling blue Agean sea. It remains to this day the one and only time I’ve managed to get up (and stay up) on skis – you really were a great teacher Ang!

Mr. & Mrs. Rhodes started their honeymoon in Rhodes, but this was in Mykonos

Mr. & Mrs. Rhodes started their honeymoon in Rhodes, but this was in Mykonos

Unfortunately these, and a paparazzi photo at Heathrow of Nick and I returning from the honeymoon are the only photos I have from that wonderfully happy time in our lives. You see, I hadn’t quite mastered focusing a camera yet. I also seemed to have trouble remembering if I’d managed to load the film correctly, if at all – no matter how hard Nick tried to teach me.

Nick commandeered the camera back pretty quickly (wise decision, but where are his photos)?

Nick commandeered the camera back pretty quickly (wise decision, but where are his photos)?

He eventually gave up, and bought me a camera on a later trip to Japan that auto-focused (standard today, but back then it was one of the first of it’s kind), and actually spoke to let you know when you needed film or a flash – although it did so with a Japanese accent, so it sounded more like “need frash” which of course cracked us up every time.

Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes returning from their honeymoon

At Heathrow, returning from our honeymoon

While Tatjana and beau Aaron may not be ready to walk down the aisle quite yet, they are pros at practicing the honeymoon part, and very sweetly send me selfies, so I still feel connected.

Aaron and Tatjana - selfies for Mum

The lovebirds happen to both have birthdays this week, so an early birthday shout out to Aaron for Thursday and Tatjana for this coming Saturday! I had so much fun shopping for birthday gifts in Mexico last week. I’ll get to give Tatjana hers when she visits next week, and send Aaron’s back with her after. Sorry, no peaking until then guys! I wonder which one of you will brave making our traditional Waldorf Red Cake recipe like Tatjana’s father and Yasmin LeBon once did for me?

Waldorf Red Cake Recipe

Tatjanas-Blue-Cake

I’ve had this cake every year for my birthday since I was 8 years old, so it has become an unspoken family tradition. My daughter, Tatjana’s favorite color is blue. When she was 7 I sent her to school with a blue cake to celebrate her birthday (which falls over the summer) with her classmates. When they ooh’ed and awed over the bright blue color, Tatjana promptly told them “yeah and you poo blue too!”

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces red food color or any color of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

For the icing

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

For the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 - 9" cake pans, or 3 - 8" cake pans.
  2. Cream together Crisco and sugar in a large mixing bowl with electric beater, then and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.rn
  3. Mix red food color and cocoa in small bowl, and add to mixture in number 2.
  4. Mix salt into buttermilk; then add to mixture #2 alternately with flour. Using the fold setting on the beaters, end with flour.
  5. Add vanilla, soda, and vinegar (in that order). Beat 2-3 minutes after everything is added.rn
  6. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake layers comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand in pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto cake racks to cool. Cool completely.

For the icing

  1. Add flour to a large saucepan, then add milk gradually , stirring until smoothly blended. Cook milk and flour over medium heat until thickened to the consistency of oatmeal. Cool completely before continuing on.
  2. Beat room temperature butter and sugar for 15 minutes, using a timer, until butter becomes pale yellow. Add vanilla, then fold the cooled flour-milk mixture into the butter cream icing.
  3. Spread just enough icing over bottom layer(s) to secure next layer on top, then ice entire cake and decorate as you please.rn

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