Oh no, not again…. I hate birthdays! I really don’t mind celebrating someone else’s birthday, but NOT mine. However, yes however, this year had been different. How so you may ask ? Because this year my birthday fell on Easter Monday, a “holy-“day, and as far as I could remember, this was the first time I was NOT at work on MY birthday. I was not bogged down by a month-end close deadline. No un-welcoming stresses, only sheer relief and utter relaxation on the anniversay of my birth…..for ONCE!! Yahoooo!!!! AND…..guess what, to top it off, I was spoilt to death (or rather, to life 😀 ). Hey, I did not get a pair of diamond ear-rings, or went for a thermal spa weekend, or received gucchi’s or prada’s or what have you on my birthday. It was the simplest of things that made my birthday this year so special. Perhaps, one of the best birthday treats ever! A gift that would surely and dearly melt the heart of every mother. I was blown away…totally and utterly by my sons’ treat with a 3-course meal, from starter to main course to dessert !! Armed with “The Usborne First Cookbook” (‘Usborne’s Eerste Kookboek’), my sons unanimously chose the 3 recipes themselves with the approval of papa. For God’s sake, my boys have been “spoon-fed” all their lives, until Easter Monday, 2010! The best my older son could conjure in the kitchen was a 2-egg omelette, but a 3-course meal in 4 or less hours?? That would be a miracle AND… it WAS!
The starter of herbed cheese dip served with a trio of fresh vegetables (carrot, celery and cucumber) was superb.
The main course of spaghetti bolognese was sublime and……
….The dessert of chocolate brownie garnished with fanned strawberry and mango, dusted with icing sugar was just stunning!
Nothing tasted oh, so good when it’s prepared with love and by your loved ones. I’m itching for more!! You hear that, boys??? Come to think of it, my boys are blessed with hidden culinary skills ;-). I guess it’s also thanks to “S.O.S Piet”, “Komen Eten”, “Mijn Restaurant”, “Masterchef goes large”, and all the kitchen series from Jamie Oliver. Anyway, there are nothing short these days on the tube with all these kitchen reality soaps spreading like wildfire. Like it or not, they ARE addictive. Look on the bright side. These programmes are didactic, educational and informative. There you go. Let your kids explore the culinary world of the kitchen domain. You will be surprised how much they know. Damn it, I was amazed! Oh, by the way, whoever says that cooking is for girls must be living in the wrong century! Duh!
While growing up in Kuching, I remember birthdays were something my siblings and I were always looking forward to. Or was the attraction, mum’s chicken in corn soup? “Yes” and “No”, but the star of THE day was actually the pair of whole chicken legs! LOL! That was the only day in 365 days, the birthday child had a pair of whole chicken legs for him-/herself. Growing up in a family of 6 kids, we learnt to share amongst ourselves almost everything (food, books, toys and clothes), so don’t expect gobbling down the drumsticks and thighs to yourself in every meal. Dream on, mate! That would be selfish, innit? During my early years (between 7 years old to 12 years old), mum prepared the whole chicken legs in corn soup (ahem, every year!). One leg for lunch and the other reserved for dinner, which, more often than not, made the other sibilings’ mouth watered. LOL!! Oh yes, for breakfast, the birthday child had 2 hard-boiled eggs, some osborne biscuits and a mug of warm Milo (drink) or Horlicks. When I turned 13, I found my whole chicken legs in corn soup a bit boring. Mum understood perfectly. My whole chicken legs in corn soup was then upgraded, or rather, magically transformed into mum’s version of the KFC, served with either mashed potatoes with gravy or steamed rice with vegetables. Simple yet YUMMY! And this regime ala KFC went on for the next 3 birthdays (for me, at least) and it stopped when I turned 16. I probably grew out of it 😦 These were small things that made a lot of difference, because they were extraordinary! Mum, if you are reading this, thank YOU for making my birthday(s) so unique and unforgettable. Love ya!
Til another episode…………Ciao!