Friday, May 15, 2009

Update: Birthday Dinner

We had a quiet dinner at home last night. Birthday boy's wish. Like last year, I came out with the idea, the others executed it.

The girls made a lovely pot of Moussaka, a specialty Greek dish. We had this at Porto Romano last weekend and thought, wouldn't it be nice if we could have this on Baba's birthday. So, we looked up the recipe and the girls volunteered to cook it.

They went to their Khala's (their mum's sister) place the day before to learn how to make the Mousaaka. K.Mahani is a wonderful cook. She makes excellent kambing kuzi and other aunthentic Middle Eastern dishes that we so love to eat whenever she invited us to her house.

The girls said it was quite easy to make. So, I went to the supermarket and get all the necessary ingredients. It turned out pretty well actually. Very delicious! To accompany the Moussaka, we had Greek salad with Feta cheese, tzatziki dip, tortillas and some garlic bread. In a way, it was very Greek.

MrNordin loved it. My little Ultraman loved it too! He especially liked the candle-lit setting. It was the first time we all had candlelight dinner at home. With soft music playing in the background, it beats any fancy restaurants in town!

Overall, it was a nice birthday dinner prepared by MrNordin's loved ones. The only slack was the cake. It was a tad too sweet and PINK in colour! Oh well... if you ever thought of buying Baskin' Robbins ice cream cake for a birthday party, don't get con by the sales girl who told you that their pink heart-shaped cake is their best seller. It's too sweet, and for the price, I think you can get better ones elsewhere.

Enjoy the photos!



Table setting for 7




Moussaka and Greek salad. Tortillas in the foreground




I gave him a coffee table book on Zheng He. Actually, he wants a pair of brown shoes.




MrNordin and family




No Tarzan & Jane after the party. My Tarzan slept much too early...
(photo snapped by Little Ultraman)

23 comments:

Busybody said...

Mrs N,

You can be a very good party planner!

MrsNordin said...

Busybody,

You think so? In-house party planning boleh lah... :)

Kak Ezza@makcik Blogger said...

Bj

Kalau lah birthday I begini..kan best...
memang nampak klass lah dinner ni..apalagi di kelilingi oleh orang2 yang di sayangi oleh Mr Nordin...anak anak you memang pandai masak ya!

errr..cik nordin ni tidur pun pakai spec ker....macam eli wong pulak....

MrsNordin said...

Ezza,

Dia tertidur kat sofa lah... sebab tu masih pakai specs! Hee.. hee... macam Eli Wong? Biar betul, akak!!

Eh, one one these days kita kena jumpa lah. Macam dah rindu pulak kat akak! Tapi every weekend mesti sibuk je. Menyampah betul lah!

AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

Salam Mrs.N,

Bestnya suasana party En.Nordin ni...hemmm tak payah nak booking-booking restoren ke hapa, kat rumah pun ok??..

pssttt!...kek tu agak..girlish le pulak... :-)...opppssss!

Anyway, Happy Birthdat to him...

nahiella said...

amboi .... romanticnye candlelight tu......

MrsNordin said...

Auntie Yan,

Tu lah... I thought it was too girlish, but the sales girl convinced me it was the best. She said ramai wives belikan yang tu for their husbands.

When I brought it home, it looked more like a Valentine's Day cake and I regretted buying it. Pink, heart shaped, sungguh tak kena! Next time I should know better.

MrsNordin said...

Nahiella,

Thanks!!

Ida Hariati Hashim said...

Wow..MrsN, indeed you are a great party planner. The table setting looks great!

Please wish MrN Happy Birthday for me..semoga panjang umur murah rezeki..

Oh yes, lovely family pic..

edelweiss said...

Mrs. N,

Wah bestnya....u dah kalahkan david tutera the party planner tuh... Salute!!

mcm nih lagi best...hasil tangan anak-2 dan isteri...lebih berharga!

MrsNordin said...

Thanks, Ida. It was our usual table setting, only difference was the candle stands. Quite nice also, actually. You can do it too!

MrsNordin said...

Edelwiess,

In-house party macam ni boleh lah... kalau nak pull a David Tutera, I'd need a lot of help!

Madam Tai Tai said...

It's great that your family loves home-cooked western dishes for dinner. Kalau mine...sure tak laku punya. They are great rice fans. Kalau tak makan nasi, mcm tak complete dinner kat rumah. Yang heran nya, kalau kat luar boleh pulak enjoy non-rice meals!

Glad to see Nordin enjoying his birthday treat. Soon, it's Chepul's birthday. He'll be in HK on that day..so we can only celebrate it when he comes by to Dhaka at the end of next week. You can bet that it won't be a moussaka that I'll be serving! :-)

MHB said...

Happy birthday, MrN!! MrsN, please remind him that he is one lucky lucky man, ok? ;-)

MrsN, do you mind giving me your email add? I'd like to send you a photo I snapped especially for you jeng jeng jeng.. hehe

Kmar said...

BJ,

Selamat Hari Jadi to MrNordin!! Didoakan panjang umur, murah rezeki dan sihat sentiasa.

You are ONE amazing party planner! Ada aje idea. Kalau I laa... eerghh.. idea mesti lebih kurang sama.. he.he.he..

busymum100 said...

MrsN,

Class lah your dinner! Greek dish? Pandai budak2 tu masak, eh...

MrsNordin said...

MTT,

I think Chepul would love the moussaka, if he was a meat person. I like it coz it has aubergines in it.

Happy Birthday to Cheps!!

MrsNordin said...

MHB,

My e-mail: noorhaya@celcom.com.my

MrsNordin said...

Kmar,

Thanks! Idea simple2 je... bukannya susah sangat pun...

Busymum,

The girls are quite good, when they want to. :)

DeeDee said...

Mrs N,
the first time I heard the word moussaka was in cerita Friends bila Ross Geller tu dok sibuk moussaka here and there as if it is a marshall art majiggy.
Anyway, yes you and the kids should start this event management business la. Sangat pro saya lihat acara2 keluarga N ni ;) syabas.
Eh Mr N lost weight kah? (this kind of question usually become one of the fav birthday gift hehe)

p/s takpa Jane, lain hari juga boleh...

UrbAnWiTch said...

no matter the age, on our bdays, we are called bday boys and girls.

nice party!

MrsNordin said...

Dee Dee,

Have you tried baking it? It's quite easy, actually.

On soalan cepumas, "Dah lost weight ke?" tu, that'll make his day. Memang pandai you ambil hati orang... :)

Thanks!!

MrsNordin said...

Urbanwitch,

Thank you!!