And in a very wierd way, I almost understood how an old granpa would have felt to be surrounded by his great grandchildren. Well, this was my birthday, but those kids ain't my great grandchildren. There were at least 18 of them belonging to cell friends and we couldn't fit all of them into the camera frame.
Nee graciously cooked up a Tsunami on Friday nite & we invited friends from our cell group over for a big Italian themed dinner. Literally, she marathon-cooked for the whole afternoon for 5 hours until she almost fainted.
And behold, the Great Italian Mafia spread:
Take it easy. This is just the appetizer. I'll let Nee take you thru it.
NEE: Italy's famous Antipasto export: Bruschetta, done with homemade French Loaf
Another antipasto: Beef Carpaccio with Homemade Tonnato Sauce
Grilled Vegies with Balsamic Vinegerattes
NEE: It's important to note that when serving Italian dishes for a party, cetain dishes can only be cooked after the guests have arrived & are revving up to eat. Therefore, sometimes it can be a strain as the cooking still goes on even when the guests are already seated & are already eating.
Pasta: Spaghetti Aglio-olio with Seafood
Another Pasta: Linguine Carbornara
Lasagna al Forno (oops a little burnt on top, hehe..)
For the mains, we had:
Chicken Piccatta : The chicken breast pieces are as tender as fish
Osso Bucco with Mashed Potatos (I cheated. Did a oxtail version), served with Gremolata
Italian Style Roast Lamb Shoulders served with Rosemary Garlic Cream Sauce.
Panna Cotta ~ Italian Cooked Cream with Homemade Strawberry Coullis.
Greg calls this one the Mafia Shootout.
GREG: And just when you think the night has ended, Nee came out with a fire show.
GREG: Wow. I thought I was only getting food on my birthday party.
Instead there was a circus show as well.
Greg's birthday cake: Strawberry Cream Cake. Layers of sponges with strawberry and fresh diary cream and topped with buttercream for a little more zest.
GREG: Special thanks to everyone who came by, & for all the presents. I really felt like Don Corleone. FYI, my actual birthday hasn't arrived yet MUAHAHAHAHA.