6.2.07

Happy birthday


My mother would say she has no place in a food blog, and indeed, I´ve never seen anyone who cares less about cooking. She says that food is ephemeral, and that if she puts a lot of effort into something, she wants it to be around for a little longer, so she can receive compliments any time. Which she does, a lot, since it´s beautiful and unique. Check it out .

However, she loves food, and she loves entertaining. Chez maman you literally never know how many plates to lay the table with. We may be five, we may be eight. Maybe someone´s on a diet, or doesn´t eat meat, or arrives late from an exam, or gets up early to catch the sports news. Whatever the case, there´ll always be plenty of good stuff for everyone, a confused din of babbly conversation, and more than likely you will find some of your personal space taken over by either of the dogs.

And this is on a normal weekday lunch, mind.

She is also a firm devotee of the merienda, and loves to sit at the big dining room table, handing out slices of shop-bought cake, ham and cheese sandwiches, and topping up coffees and teas for anything up to a dozen people.

But since today´s her birthday, there will also be a proper cake, with many layers and fillings. So that´s it for today. Little lunch in preparation of that high tea, and certainly no dinner. Felicidades.

12 comentarios:

Paulova dijo...

¡Muchas Felicidades, XPS! Que disfrutes de la merienda, ¡qué güeno!

Lydia dijo...

To your talented mother, who gave us such a talented daughter -- happy birthday!

i *heart* food dijo...

happy birthday mummy lobstersquad!


ps: are you making the cake?

Anónimo dijo...

Felicidades Ximena madre!

A lo mejor gracias a que ella no le guste cocinar has salido tú tan cocinita, Xim junior! (Aunque si es por eso, ¿cómo es que dibujas tan bien?)

Merienda, that magical word!

Have a nice time today!

Julie dijo...

There's clearly a strong artistic gene running through your family!

Happy birthday to your mother, and I hope her wonderful, lively table is even livelier than usual today in honor of her birthday.

Husband dijo...

Happy Birthday to your mom! And I have to say our mothers seem of the same nature when it comes to cooking. Alas they gave the world children who feel the opposite. Enjoy the day!

jess dijo...

Happy Birthday to your mother! What a talented and creative family!

lobstersquad dijo...

thank you, everybody, we had a lovely time, and the cake, not made by me, was excellent.

xps dijo...

It was really a very very happy birthday. I wanted to thank you all for your good wishes. The merienda was delicious. I must confess all little lobstersquad says is true. the shop-bought cake and the ham and cheese sandwiches, but yesterday I had two proper Tartas. One made of cake and Natillas (sort of custard) and the other a cheese cake. Candles, Singing, and all the people I love near. When you blow the candles, with the knive upside down, you cut a piece of cake and you make a wish. You can count on it. Thank you again.

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe dijo...

I can see where your talent began. Thanks for sharing that~ and Happy Birthday.

Guru dijo...

¡¡¡FELICIDADES!!!! llego tardísimo! perdón, perdón, perdón ... esteee ... ¿queda aún un poquito de tarta?

Acme Instant Food dijo...

I love to see family with such strong talent coursing through their veins! You both obviously combine your talents with passion and the resulting explosion is a gift for us to enjoy! :)

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