The Misses Seven are about to become the Misses Eight. We had a birthday party for them today, at home. Miss Ten organised the games, with help from a friend, I cooked the food, and Mr Strange Land and I served it together.
For the main part of the meal, we had:
Chicken nibbles – chicken wings marinaded in honey, olive oil and soy sauce, and baked in the oven.
Sausie rolls, cut into small slices. As usual, we put a small serving of tomato sauce on each guest’s plate, contained in a cup cake case.
Fairy bread, cut into star shapes. You get extra merit points if you use a special shape.
Cucumber and lettuce sammies. This had been billed as an afternoon tea party, so I thought that cucumber sandwiches would be fun. I made them with mayonnaise rather than butter, which gives a lighter flavour. As predicted, most of the children bypassed them, but at least I tried to serve some healthy food.
And then for dessert, we had:
Traffic light jellies. This year I tried adding jelly beans, but it wasn’t all that successful. The sugary coating melted off, leaving little rubbery lumps in the jelly. But the children still ate them. This was the point where I realised that the nagging thought that I had forgotten something was correct; I had forgotten to get extra teaspoons. Bother.
Meringues. Not as good as the ones I made last year, but not too bad either. And the children ate them quite happily.
Fruit and lolly kebabs. Strawberries are in season in Queensland, so although these ones have travelled quite some distance, they are not hydroponic nasties. And they were on special in our local supermarket. In New Zealand my practice was to use mini-chocolate fish, but I have not been able to find them in Adelaide. I have been able to find full-sized chocolate fish, but they’re a bit much on top of all the other sweet things.
Lolly cake! This is an addition to my party food repertoire this year. It’s a New Zealand classic – fruit foam lollies mixed into crushed malt biscuits, melted butter and sweetened condensed milk, then rolled in dessicated coconut and chilled. It is outrageously sweet. I couldn’t find fruit foam lollies in our supermarket, so I used marshmallows instead.
And of course, the birthday cakes. The girls both asked for my utterly reliable yoghurt chocolate cake, decorated with Smarties / Pebbles / M&M / candy coated chocolate buttons. They made up the designs themselves, but I did the decorating while they decorated and assembled the party bags.
It was a very successful party.
And if it’s time for the annual party food post, then that means I’ve just gone past my blogging anniversary. Two years and counting. My initial thought was that I might blog for a year or so, but I rather enjoy it, so I shall be continuing. For an unspecified time longer.