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Happy 60th Salty!

Peter Brine is a beloved son, an amazing husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, once the owner of Townsville’s prestigious Salt Cellar restaurant, a wine sommelier, the owner of A Touch Of Salt, a player for England’s Middlesbrough football club, my friend and most recently the birthday boy that turned 60!

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When the request came through for his 60th birthday cake it was to be carrot cake, not covered with fondant but included a football theme. I started a little research to get the full idea of how the football theme should be incorporated. To me he is one of the many great personalities behind the Salt Cellar and A Touch of Salt restaurants. But, quickly I learned his life involved much more than owning these two top-notch restaurants. The internet was littered with stories and pictures about his successful football career in the late 60’s and 70’s for the Middlesbrough team in England, where his teammates dubbed him “Salty”. There was so much I didn’t know about this wonderful gent whom I call friend.

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It was tempting to just showcase his football career the cake, but in his 60 years there is a lot more to his life than football. He’s from England, when did he come to Australia? When did his beautiful wife, Christine, come into his picture? After thinking about these questions I decided to create a little story with a few of life’s highlights that make the Mr. Peter Brine that we know today! In 1953 Mr and Mrs Brine welcomed him into the world, he married to beautiful Chris in 1974, had the boys in ’76 and ’79 and then farewelled England and called Australia home in 1980.

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Discovering Pete’s successful football career was a wonderful surprise. What would others be surprised to hear about you?

She Said “Yes”!

On a hot and humid day in Sunny Townsville (a little country town in Australia) I arrive at A Touch Of Salt as usual to start my shift.  It’s not long before I learn of the exciting news that there will be a proposal during dinner time!  He requested a special dessert that would “wow” her and bear the ring!!  Oh my goodness!  I’m already preparing for the 40+ booked reservations and now this is added to the list!   I talk myself through it “Ok, just go faster and be more organized!”

As one would expect… fondant doesn’t sit around a fine food establishment.  How happy I was that I brought in a hunk of it to use on a different cake.  In a relatively short time, in between all the other little jobs, this little darling was created – thanks to fondant!

It went out to be served but quickly the news came back… She said “yes”!  I just wonder if she would have still said yes if it were not for that adorable little cake?!  LOL 🙂

Chocolate with Ganache and fondant Engagement cake

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