First of all, the wacky birthday gifts:
Baking gadgets that I requested, courtesy of my flatmate Tim!
Also from Tim: an unusual recording of the Chopin Etudes by Evelyn Brancatt, with 24 accompanying recipes...
My favourite potato crisps and Vita lemon tea from Yuqing and Bing Bing:
And roses (!!) from Jin Hai - the first time I received flowers outside of a recital...! I'm not sure how I should feel about it haha! :P
Dishes from the potluck
|Pad Thai by Jin Hai.|
|Pork slivers and dried beancurd by Connie.|
|Chinese leaves with onions and mushrooms by Connie.|
|Sweet and sour pork by me.|
Cake time! I would have wanted to get a chocolate cake from Zach, but since I live too far away from Texas I had to make my own - sad, isn't it? Anyway, I made a devil's food cake by Rose Levy Beranbaum and also a Cupid's strawberry cake (recipe coming soon!) as a belated gift to Connie and Sandra.
Connie has amazing cutting skill - see how even the slices are!
|Génoise cake with two kinds of jam and honey-meyer lemon buttercream, and strawberries.|
Photos from the evening
|The father and the son.|
|Charcoal in kimono!|
Jin Hai lost herself in dancing... until she realised I was taking photos!