Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday was last week! I am now twenty-three years old. My husband and daughter and I celebrated the day grandly. I did lots of things I love with the ones I love, so it was a very good day. I started out by making waffles with coconut flakes and coconut milk, and a sauce of strawberries, kiwi, and banana. That is a breakfast I've been wanting to create for a long while and though it didn't turn out quite as deliciously as I imagined, it was still pretty good and fun to make.

For lunch I made a Moroccan Chickpea Salad, wrapped it in tortillas (the pitas were moldy, oops) and packed them up and we three went on a hike near a local lake I'd finally found after hearing it mentioned here and there for a while. It has rained a lot here lately and everything has finally greened up after the blackberry frost we had. The creeks and streams were quite full and difficult to cross (the trails themselves were literally streams in some places and soggy everywhere else), but we managed all of them up until the last one, which would've required getting my shoes wet. I declined that and we went back along a different trail than we'd taken in and we saw lots of turtles, ducks, and a Great Blue Heron along the lake's shore.

Where the Streams Flow into the Lake

Pearl decided to conk out just as we wrapped up our hike:

An Impromptu Nap

Later in the afternoon I baked a Flourless Chocolate Cake and we made a trip to a meat market... where I bought some shrimp. On the way home Pearl conked out again so while she slept I cooked dinner, Brown Rice with Peas and Caramelized Garlic ringed by Pesto Shrimp:

Brown Rice with Sweet Peas and Caramelized Garlic ringed by Pesto Shimp

The pesto sauce was a gift from my husband... it's some fancy schmancy imported stuff I used to buy a jar of weekly to slather on toast, but my natural foods store stopped carrying it so I've been doing without, rather than pay an arm and a leg to have it shipped to me. I tried making my own and I tried many other brands... but none are so delicious. At any rate, this was my first time cooking shrimp. It was fun to see it pink and curl up... I first sauteed it with the butter and oil I'd cooked the garlic in, then tossed it with a few spoonfuls of pesto. It turned out so, so good. My husband says it's the best thing he's ever eaten and it was really quite delicious.

After an evening stroll in the park I made a raspberry sauce to go over the cake, which was also really really good... so good that when we'd eaten that one all up I made another one!

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

It was a perfect way to end the day!

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Blogger taimarie said...

Happy birthday! The picture of Pearl asleep in the backpack (ergo?) is so sweet. And that sounds like some fancy cooking and eating you did- yum!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Congrats on another trip around the sun and a beautiful day to celebrate it. And I am so coming over for dinner. YUM!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Love Squalor said...

happy birthday! looks like the day was perfect - and yummy!

3:42 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Happy Birthday you young thing!!

7:59 PM  
Anonymous sarahgrace said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a fantastic day with hiking and a grand culinary kind of day. :)

7:34 AM  
Anonymous gearhead mama said...

Happy Birthday! Wanna come be my personal chef?

12:09 PM  
Blogger doow said...

Happy birthday! Wow, that rice looks gooood!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Mama C-ta said...

Happy birthday! Do you want a catering job for my next birthday?

Are you really only 23?? That's one way to make me feel old as crap :)

8:10 PM  
Blogger Spotted Puffer Fish said...

HI! i came across your page and i must say...what amazing photography!! cheers! =)

8:27 PM  

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