5 Apr 2010

5 April 2010: My birthday dinner! Gumbo over rice, pizza, mini pork pies, pork slices, chicken legs, salad, sausages, sausage rolls, bread, and crisps; fruitcake (with almond icing balls), chocolate cake, cupcakes, cheesecake, and birthday brownie for de My birthday dinner! Gumbo over rice, pizza, mini pork pies, pork slices, chicken legs, salad, sausages, sausage rolls, bread, and crisps; fruitcake (with almond icing balls), chocolate cake, cupcakes, cheesecake, and birthday brownie for dessert.

I had a happy birthday. :-) Present-opening in the morning, then some relaxation, then a trip down to Buxton for the International Market, bought a necklace and some earrings, came back home, relaxed a bit while Chris put the finishing touches on the food he was preparing, then we went down to Barry & Heidi's for my birthday dinner, even managing to get the birthday brownie to survive the trip, wewt! Barry and Heidi had put out quite a spread, wow! Good food, good company, good times.

Chris made the gumbo, it was really good - and it all got eaten! Barry told me it was the requirement for having the dinner there, was to bring him some gumbo. I was figuring the cheesecake was the toll, but he said no, that was just a bonus. Hee. After the gumbo, I didn't need much else to fill me up, but I can say the pizza was good, as was the bread.

The cheesecake didn't firm up as it did the previous times we'd made it; I wonder if our fridge was just warmer this time. The birthday brownie was way more decadent than what I'd thought Chris would do, and it is very yummy. He used some of the chocolate buttercream that was in the fridge between two layers of brownies, and then covered the whole thing in some of the swiss meringue buttercream left from making the cupcakes - but he dyed it more blue than the pale green it'd been originally. (The really odd thing about the frosting on the cupcakes being pastel green, is that I only added blue dye. Near as I can figure, the yellow from the butter mixed with the blue dye to make it green!) He didn't make it blue enough, though - our tongues were still definitely pink after eating it.

Chris's mum made the fruitcake - which takes some weeks or months to do when made correctly, so I'm rather touched. The darker bit on those balls of icing was done with the kitchen torch (the kind that emits flame, not the British word for flashlight). I'm told getting them to sit still on the cake was a bit of a challenge - I can imagine! She also made the chocolate cake, which I didn't get any of, but since we wound up taking 95% of the brownie home with us, is probably for the best, so it doesn't just spoil waiting for us to get to it. Heidi made the cupcakes, and sadly I didn't get any of those, either. They sure do look pretty, though! So elegant.

We brought home nearly all the brownie, half the cheesecake, and some fruit cake, too. Why yes, we are set on desserts for about a month, why do you ask? ;-)

Thanks again, Barry, Heidi, Susan, and Paul!

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