Small Celebrations, Big Preparations

The whole week was spending preparing for Aloysius, my eldest boy's birthday. He turns 9 this year. Born on the same year I got married! So it's very easy to know my wedding anniversary and his age. On a lighter note, if you think it's a shotgun marriage, I'll let you guess. I got married in March and he was born 37 weeks in December. Now you tell me...aren't I just lucky? ;)

Ok, back to preparation for his "big" day. Although it was just a small celebrations with my family, lots of preparations were put in place since Monday!?!?! This was my dinner menu:

Starter
Brown Rice with mixed nuts Salad

Main Course
Pasta with cream sauce or tomato sauce

Desserts
1. Choice of Rum & Raisins or Cookies & Cream Ice-Cream
2. Birthday Cake - Chocolate Fudge


Drinks
Lemongrass infused tea


Preparation before the actual day were:
1. Rum & Raisins Ice Creams


Recipe from Camemberu: No-Churn Rum & Raisin Ice Cream.

2. Cookies & Cream Ice Creams


Recipe from The Kwoks-Viewfinder: Cookies & Cream Ice Cream.

3. Lemongrass infused tea


4. "Lightning McQueen"


5. Baking of Chocolate Cake one day before.



Actual Day preparation were:
1. Brown Rice Salad with mixed nuts salad


Recipe from Kitchen Culture Demo.

2. Pastas
Since I used mainly canned sauces and added chicken & minced beef separately, there was nothing much to show. :p

3. Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake Frosting



Recipe extracted from Kitchen Capers Forum.

4. Rosemary & Garlic Foccacia
Somehow, I might either have killed the yeast by the heat of my mixer, or put in too much water to the dough.:< The dough was so liquid, almost like soup. But I went ahead to bake it anyway. It was still very fragrant, except it doesn't really taste like foccacia.
Recipe from Happy Home Baking.


The Chocolate Fudge Cake was really good. However I think I might have underbaked them slightly. The recipe is here to stay for me!

8 comments:

yuri_hanasg said...
December 9, 2008 at 8:43 AM

wow Jane! what an accomplishment! GREAT job for what you have achieved over the weekend! u r still my inspiration :)

Passionate About Baking said...
December 9, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Hi Yuri,
Thanks very much for letting me wear a "big hat"! ;) I'm just a jack of all trade but master of none! A little bit of this & that only. I wish I am better though!

Kitchen Corner said...
December 9, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Hi Jane,
The chocolate fudge cake looks really yummy! I think underbaked choclate cake is nice because it's very chocolaty and dense... speically for those chocoholic, HEAVEN!! I always purposely let my brownie or choclate cake undercook :P. May I know how's the taste of the ice cream? Are you using an ice cream maker to produce it?

Passionate About Baking said...
December 9, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Hi Grace,
Woah, thanks for your consolation. From the recipe, it was easier to bake in two 9" cake pan. But because I don't have 2, so I dump all into one, and took them so long to bake. :( Maybe, I should try to let them underbake hor?
The Rum & Raisin ice cream uses only cream, no custard base, melts very fast, and tasted very light! The cookies & cream ice cream is worth trying though. It uses custards as its base. I prefer this compared to the other. I don't have an ice-cream maker, and I chose the easy way to produce them! :p

shandee said...
November 24, 2009 at 1:33 AM

Can you share the recipe for choc fudgey slice pls......my email is shandeet"yahoo.com.....thanks

Passionate About Baking said...
November 24, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Hi Shandee,
I've extracted and sent it to your email address. Have fun baking!

shandee said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Can you share the recipe for choc fudgey slice pls......my email is shandeet"yahoo.com.....thanks

yuri_hanasg said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

wow Jane! what an accomplishment! GREAT job for what you have achieved over the weekend! u r still my inspiration :)

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