Two cheeky monkeys named Ruby and Zoe, dressed in pink, purple and blue. “Happy birthday, Ruby!” I said. “Ooo oo oh!” said the two monkeys.
We were celebrating my niece Ruby’s 5th birthday and as usual, friends and family all brought a dish to share. The bite-sized fruit platter, served with tooth picks, proved very popular. Certain party goers insisted on using a new toothpick for each piece of fruit. This required swift and firm Mum interventions.
By popular demand, mum cooked her hokkien noodles with pork, prawns and cabbage. I’ve posted the recipe before: Mum’s hokkien mee recipe.
My eldest sister CW brought cheeses, crackers, crusty bread and dried fruit. She poked fresh rosemary and garlic into one of the soft cheeses, drizzled it with a touch of olive oil, then baked it in the oven until hot, gooey and utterly irresistible. I’ve never seen people move so fast to dip crackers! Cheese – it’s a great motivator.
The first cheese was demolished very quickly, and Juji helped get the second soft cheese prepped for the oven. Shortly after this event, Juji and Jay went to Las Vegas and got married. I wrote about their pre-wedding brunch held at their home. Juji’s published her first post about their big trip – see it at her blog Juji Chews.
The second cheese was a pasteurised one and was not as soft and oozy as the first cheese, which was unpasteurised. We all thought this was very interesting indeed – and devoured the second cheese as quickly as we did the first.
My brother (Ruby, Zoe and Caleb’s dad) entertained and delighted the kids with balloon animals and flowers. Ruby got a special flower. Zoe got the first balloon dog of the afternoon and ran over to the other kids, waving it excitedly and saying: “GO SEE MY DADDY!”
The savoury dishes cleared away, out came the sweets!
Ruby’s birthday ‘cake’ was actually ‘cakes’ this year – babushka doll cakes baked by Nanna, with Ruby and Zoe’s help. The girls told me they were vanilla and lemon flavoured cakes.
Now Caleb’s seen something he wants even more than one of those mini rose-topped cupcakes – a babushka doll cake!
The birthday girl’s a year older and much wiser, but she still eats cake the same way she always has – picking all the icing off, bit by bit.
I’m off travelling again, this time to Dubai, thanks to Emirates and Dubai Tourism. I’m leaving on 26 October and back in Perth 2 November. Right now I’m working on posts that I plan to schedule to publish while I’m away. For updates and photos from Dubai, follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook. Write-ups of my Dubai travel adventures will follow when I’m back home again.