Salad (birth)days

Kid turned 10 last Friday. 10! Happy Birthday you wonderful little creature.

So on Friday I took an early mark to hang with Kid. We went shopping during the day then went for a cheap and cheerful dinner w/ the other half of Kids family and GF came along too.


Singing Happy Birthday

Today is birthday dinner at my place day. I’m going to make heaps of fun, healthy birthday treats with all of Kids favouritest things all prepared in a fun, tongue in cheek, cute as a button, cool as shit kind of way whilst entertaining my family and doing hula hoops at the same time.


I had planned on cooking  a couple of things but ran out of time and so we are having T/A pizza from the local Italian in Paddington and making a salad. And some dip and stuff.
Mum is bringing cake.


A cake with a surprise 😉
That will come later.

Did I mention salad? I love a good pizza (I don’t love bad pizza) but I need to eat salad with it otherwise I feel a bit dirty. The salad we’re making doesn’t have a name but the dressing does.
Tangy Ranch Dressing
1 tablespoon French mustard ( or similar )
15oml mild olive oil
2 egg yolks
1 garlic clove
juice of 1 lemon
50ml apple cider vinegar ( or similar )
Using a food processor or stick blender, blitz  everything except the oil until it’s a bit fluffy.It’s important to do this well, the processing of yolks with the acid kills any bacteria concerns you may have about using raw eggs. Slowly add the oil a little at a time until it’s all combined. It should have the consistency of a runny mayonnaise.
It will keep in the fridge for a week.
What Kid Did
It’s probably a bit rough having to cook on your own birthday, but there is pizza and cake so shut up.
Kid made that ranch dressing. Separated eggs, measured everything and even wrote down the recipe as she went. Then used the blender to put it together.
The salad was a joint venture, I did any cutting and I toasted the pine nuts, kid did the lettuce washing, peeling the boiled eggs and seeded the pomegranate (cut them in half, invert and whack them with a wooden spoon).
Then I let Kid arrange the whole thing on a platter which was probably the most fun bit. We had cos lettuce, broccoli, pine nuts, boiled eggs, pomegranate, olives, tomatoes, fennel and grated parmesan cheese. You can use the things that you like.

When the salad was all arranged (and the pizzas picked up and arrived home)
Kid presented the platter on the dining table and then poured the salad dressing all over it in front of the guests.
Pretty cool!
I have the waiters do this in the restaurant for a seafood dish on my menu.
It’s good, simple theatre and engaging.

The Cake
The cake itself was no surprise but after singing happy birthday and blowing out candles kid got a great surprise cutting the cake open. It was a pinanta cake! Full to the brim with all sorts of lollies – freckles, jelly beans, popping candy, m&m’s etc..
Fun! Food thing we had that salad though huh.
Thanks again Grandma! X

The Wash Up
Next time, when there is time we’ll make pizza from scratch at home. I can’t wait to get Kid involved in the dough making process, especially with the new little work bench in the kitchen. Buying it so much easier though.
The salad was a hit with everyone. Uncle brother took the rest home for work lunch and everyone had pizza goody bags because I ordered too much ( if there is such a thing).

So there goes another birthday. There was too much pizza, an awesome salad and a giant lolly covered cake that turned out to be full of lollies.
Hopefully we’ve finished it by the time she’s 11.

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  1. Rae

     /  September 30, 2014

    Wow! And here I was thinking I was a freak because I don’t eat bad Pizza only GOOD Pizza and even then I MUST eat it with salad or I feel grotty! Turns out I’m not the only freak 😉
    I’m inspired to make that dressing now & well done to kid for a great arrangement!! She’s obviously inherited the foodie gene for sure! 🙂


    • Thanks Raewyn, Il Posto in Paddington is our favourite. Or Il Forno at Sandgate. I love the god food with not so good food combo. I call it the Yin and Yang way of eating. We are not Freaks, just thoughtful eaters! 🙂



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