20 May, 2013

Birthday party menu

We had my birthday party this weekend. It also doubled as our house warming party. Having it so soon after we moved in was probably slightly silly, but it worked out really well. We concentrated on getting the kitchen and lounge ready and the other rooms are still a mess. Now that the party is over I can go room by room to unpack and organise everything. I'd like to finish by this weekend so I can get back to work.


Every year I plan on taking lots of photos at my birthday party, but then I'm usually still finishing things at the last moment or just enjoying the party. I took a few photos while I was preparing the food this year, but nothing during the party. We finished the chocolate cake, but I managed to take some photos of the vegan cheesecake.


I don't have a lot of photos, but I still want to share the food I made with you. I didn't want to spend too much time preparing the food or worrying about keeping it hot. I made a few different spreads and we had different breads. The most labour intensive part was the cakes, but cake is always worth it.

Breads:
  • We went to the market on Saturday morning to buy some delicious breads for the party.
  • I heated up storebought tortillas and cut them into quarters.
  • I made socca and cut in into squares. This was the least popular option and we still have a lot left.
Spreads:


We also bought Olive Tapenade and Grape Jam from the market and we had Red and Thai Pesto in the fridge. I don't usually like aubergines very much, but I love this baba ganoush. It's so easy to make I'll definitely eat more aubergines from now on. 

Other toppings:
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Chopped red peppers
  • Baked chickpeas
I've seen baked chickpeas on Pinterest and wanted to try it so many times, but this was the first time I made it. I really like the sweet spicy seasoning in this recipe.

Dessert:
This cheesecake is amazing. I also made it in December and it's so authentic. It's made from cashews and beans, but you'd never guess. I don't like cheesecake, but everyone at the party loved it and they were so surprised to find out what the ingredients are. I topped it with some vegan lemon curd I found at the supermarket. I made this pie crust, but I substituted 1/2 cup each of rice, tapioca and buckwheat flour.


I wanted to make cupcakes so I could use the pretty cupcake liners that I got in my package from Chicara, but I only started baking as the guests were arriving, so I made a big cake that was faster to frost. I made a double layer cake and the mallow frosting was very smooth, so the top layer almost slid off. Next time I'll use a stickier frosting in the middle and only use this on top.

I can get very ambitious when cooking for guests, but this laid back menu was so much better for a party. I can make more complicated dishes when we invite people for dinner. Our new house is better for entertaining and we'll do that much more now.

I'll share the presents I got with you tomorrow. I'd also love to share more photos of our home when we're settled in.



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My name is Natasha. I studied product design, but fell in love with sewing after buying a box of antique buttons. Now I make handbags and other accessories from upcycled materials. I live in a beautiful coastal town in South African with my boyfriend and our three dogs where we go for walks, sleep in and do lots of cooking.

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