I meant to write this entry days ago, but had some trouble with my health. However, I am more or less back to normal and finally feel up to writing the entry.
I celebrated my birthday on the 6 January, and decided that instead of the usual family-over-for-cake-and-tea, I would throw a party for my 8 nephews and 2 nieces (actually cousin’s children, but they are like my own nephews and nieces). They are all under the age of 6 and most of them have not had their own big birthday parties. So, I set out to throw a party that they (and I secretly) would enjoy. I planned my guest list, my menu and hired a jumping castle and a water slide.
After discussing my arrangements with Viviane, she suggested that since I would be cooking, I could prepare the challenge as one of my dishes. This turned out to be an excellent idea. I had to prepare all the food the day before, since I had planned the party for on the day of my birthday and invited everyone for lunch.
I followed the basic recipe, except I did not add dried chili flakes and I used fresh tomatoes with some tomato purée instead of canned tomatoes. I also used chili pepper for a bit of heat. I added some mushrooms in the end. I made a bit more than the recipe called for since I would be catering for more than my usual four people. I also added about a level tablespoon of sugar into the sauce for some sweetness. The pasta sauce tasted amazing and I could not wait for everyone to try it. Before serving, I cooked the fettuccine and tossed it with the heated pasta sauce. I did not sprinkle Parmesan as it is not a family favourite.
I also cooked a beef mince lasagna and a simple macaroni and cheese which are the kids’ favourite.
My cousins thought I was crazy to host the party and then cater all the food myself. But I did it for the love of cooking for others and knowing that they enjoyed the meal. The pasta in particular was a hit! Thanks Clint! I found it quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious and all my guests, young and old(er) agreed!
For dessert, I made Viviane’s tiramisu which everyone said was amazing. I also made a few cupcakes for the kids. My wonderful close friend Rabia, baked me a chocolate birthday cake and I am sure everyone would agree, looks decadent and delicious.
This was the first time I had thrown such an elaborate birthday party, which I also catered myself and I was very happy that it went well. Everyone had lots of fun and more importantly, enjoyed my cooking! The jumping castle and water slide were so much fun, and I admit I joined the kids on them both. I think every adult should go back to being a kid once in a while.
A big thank you to all the wonderful kids, my friends and family for making this particular birthday very special and truly…..awesome!