Tham Jiak means in some way "love to eat" in Hokkien. I am a Malaysian Hokkien and truly love to eat.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

A weekend of indulgence had past, with a meaty BBQ party on Friday ending with walnut birthday cake, then a full feast of Chinese course dinner on Saturday and a decadent cheesecake that I would be confessing about, a chow-down on durians, all the way from Taiping, along with a whole day of shopping on Saturday followed by another feast of course and then some more of the leftovers durian, cold from the refrigerator. Now try beating this wonderful tummy-filled birthday weekend. In sum, I had a blast.

The BBQ pictures will be up soon once I get the pictures from M, my
1984-recentlly-turned-housemate friend. As for the cheesecake that I mentioned about a confession, oh yes, I made a cake for my own birthday. That night it was a trio of celebration, where my sis, cousin and I celebrated, as we have our birthdays close together, spanning out in 10 days. I decided to go full force indulgence for this once-a-year event, and decided to make Oreo Cheesecake. I got this recipe from Kraft’s website, which I had faith would turn out well.



One bite into it, everybody says “Mmm, it’s good!’ My dad, who was always honest, he even commented on my not-risen-enough cake for my Grandma the last time, said I can give Secret Recipe a run of their money with this one. But half way through the cake, I started to get more comments. My sister’s boyfriend asked did I use blue cheese, and I was startled. I take a bite of the cake and oh no, I realized that something was wrong with my cream cheese. I confess, I used a block of cream cheese that had been, let’s say pretty long, maybe too long in my refrigerator. My mum and aunt decided the cheese was too heavy and did not finish their cake while my cousin though enjoyed it, wasn’t able to finish it either due to the ‘weird’ taste which became obvious after more than few bites. J can taste it right away, since he had so many of my cheesecakes before, and being a cheese lover himself. Only my dear Pho Pho, enjoyed her cake, this proving she’s a strong-cheese lover. As for me, let’s just say, the cake could have been good, the texture was great, the Oreos was yummy but the cream cheese was just, a little too cheesy, more for the savoury kind I might say. Anyhow, I would certainly try it again; I still think it is a good recipe. Ha-ha. So, let’s just call this my Blue Cheese Birthday Cake. How’s that. Anyway, the rest was finished later by J’s family and her sister even said it was not bad.



After the eventful weekend, I was suddenly swept back to reality with training and all, so was too busy to really post up anything. But in case you haven’t notice, I had just properly shifted all my recipes and posts’ links to a new index page, as my recipes grew too long for the sidebar and the categories I had was not enough to properly catalog them. In addition, I had finally made an about page of myself, do have a read about this tham jiak little girl behind this blog! ;)

10 comments:

Puspha said...

Happy birthday to u Rachel. May all the best that life has to offer comes your way.

Today is also my hubby's birthday.

Kalyn said...

Happy birthday. I'm glad you had a nice one.

Angie said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!

rokh said...

puspha, kalyn and angie, thank you thank you! :D you guys made it even better ;)

myCoffee said...

Happy Birthday and Many Happy Return!

teckiee said...

happy birthday!

CaL said...

wanted to wish you happy birthday last week but then i realised i don't have your number, so here's a belated wish, sorry it's so late: Happy Birthday!

-LP

fooDcrazEE said...

many happy returns to u Rachel.

babe_kl said...

happy belated birthday to you rachel!

Audrey Cooks said...

Happy belated birthday and thank you for all those wonderful posts!

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