Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Birthday Anticipation

We (I mean me dragging the kids around town buying this and that) are busy preparing for a big week-end. My baby turns one! It isn't that I can't believe it, it is just that it happened in a flash.

Saturday is a get-together with friends, Sunday will be a family gathering. Don't get me wrong, I love parties, but it is a lot of work to get them to go smoothly so I am gearing up for all the hours on my feet in the kitchen.

What is on the menu? Saturday will offer roasted chicken, roasted red pepper and goat cheese sarnies, macaroni and cheese (for the children, of course), sun dried tomato dip with veggies for munching, and a roasted garlic white bean dip with toasts. For dessert, CUPCAKES! I am going to make coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and black bottom cupcakes with chocolate frosting, and fruit with yogurt dip.

Sunday will offer chicken kebab, pork loin roast, turkey burger (sticks), red pepper rice pilaf, some green veg of some sort, roasted potatoes, hummus, green salad with vinaigrette, some sort of pasta, birthday cake (which I haven't decided to buy or make yet) but if I make it it will be carrot cake, and fruit.

Why am I telling you all this? Well I really need to keep it in my head. I need to see it written to know it is enough food because our families will eat it if it is on the table and I am always afraid of running out as a result. Believe it or not, last year we did run out, not even my butcher saw that coming. Also, it will explain why I am not going to be writing about knitting until this week-end is over.

I will leave you with a tidbit and a recipe to share a taste of what we are having.

Roasted Garlic White Bean dip

1 head garlic, roasted or 2 clove raw garlic
1 19-oz can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed or 2 cups cooked beans
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
1/2 tsp hot red pepper sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
salt to taste

Place beans in a food processor. Squeeze garlic out of skins and add to beans. Blend.
Blend in lemon juice, oil, hot pepper sauce, cumin, and pepper.
Taste and add salt or more lemon juice if necessary.

Tidbit #2: I am itching to get a food processor, a new kitchen, and I have a school girl crush on chef Gordon Ramsay (ala Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen).


The_Add_Knitter said...

Yes to cupcakes!

GET the food processor. I have a Kitchen Aid and use it all the time, it will be your stalwart companion!

Anonymous said...

I think we are going to have to send our regrets to the bday party! Not likely being up to traveling.
I have a bit of a crush on Gordon too but only in kitchen nightmares.

So Much Fun said...

Sarah!!! you are making my mouth water! And how exciting a first birthday party for you baby, wow, and I though I was excited celebrating my kitty's birthday, I can't imagine your own baby!
thank you for all of your kind comments, i love hearing from you, and (p.s.) i would be happy to ship to canada (also pangea makes bar soaps, lotions, bath gel, face cream...etc, yet to be on the website, but i can email you info if you are interested!

a friend to knit with said...

OH!!! I love the 1 year birthday! I think it just may be the cutest birthday.......I hope you will let her eat cake with her hands! :)
Thanks for the recipe, and yes I say if you can't have Gordon, best to go with the food processor! :)

Natalie said...

Yummy! My little guy turned one a few months back. I let him (and big sissy) eat all the cupcake he could. It made for great pictures! Congratulations on your year together.

Knot Another Hat said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one watching Hell's Kitchen! That is my hubby and I's great summer indulgence. :)