Monday, January 28, 2013

Ashley is Ten!




Ashley is turning 10 coming Tuesday and we celebrated her birthday earlier on Sunday as we would have the whole day for the preparation. We always let the birthday kid chooses his/her birthday dinner menu. Unlike her sister who had requested Daddy to cook a full Chinese dinner two weeks ago, Ashley prefers Daddy's western cooking.

She opted for Smoked Salmon with Sour Cream for starter, Sous Vide Duck Breast for her main and dessert was Bread and Butter pudding.

Wife woke up early to bake the mini cupcakes and made the fondant flower cupcake toppers. The kids were very excited when they saw the fondant flowers and volunteered to help Mummy with the decorations.






As it was a bigger group, instead of serving the Smoked Salmon amuse-bouche in the shot glasses, I presented them in serving spoons without the crackers. This way, they still looked elegant and easier for the guests to eat. True enough, the starters were gone in minutes.



While the duck breasts were in the Sous Vide machine, I prepared a vegetable stew dish with brussel sprouts, carrots and baby potatoes. I know a lot of people out there think that brussel sprouts taste horrible but I assure you this was really good. I managed to serve the whole pot with the duck and all the plates were empty.





Ashley wanted both Creme Brulee and Bread and Butter Pudding but I gave her only one choice.  To me, that was an easier choice. :)




Time flies and my baby girl is now 10. 

It has been tiring and at times trying but a very fulfilling journey of parenthood for me. Sometimes, I find myself mourning the kids' slow exit from childhood and wish for them to grow up faster especially when they are not behaving or during times when I weigh my burden and responsibilities to raise them up. 

But on the other hand, when I look at them every now and then, they are growing so fast and are so different from, say, just a few months ago and I miss the children they were; I want to hold on to the kids they are now. And just when I think I grasp who they are this second, they change again. 

I just read an interesting quote from Facebook about parenthood: Days are long but Years are short. So very true!

For now, I just want to enjoy this special moment.

Ashley, Daddy is glad that you had enjoyed the dinner and Daddy wishes you a very Happy Birthday!


46 comments:

  1. Hi Alvin, time flies and kids grow up fast! So Ashley's birthday is tomorrow and Auntie Phong Hong wishes her in advance "Happy Birthday Ashley!". Looks like she had a great birthday party. I love the mini cupcakes, they are gorgeous! Love the fondant flowers and decorations. Your wife is very talented. And I love the food you served. Fine dining right at home and how many people can have that. Eh, are you featuring the vegetable stew recipe anytime soon? I love stews :)

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    1. Ashley says Thank You to Aunty Phong Hong!

      Hi PH, Thanks and I'm glad that you like the food and wife's bake. The vegetable stew recipe is quite simple. Ok, I will feature it soon.

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  2. That's tomorrow! Happy birthday, Ashley, God bless and wishing you nothing but the best in the year ahead.

    Oooo...what lovely cupcakes...and all that food! OMG!!!! Duck!!! That's my weakness! If only I lived in Singapore, I would invite myself to the party...and gatecrash! Hehehehehe!!!!!

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  3. You must have real busy preparing the food. Oh my, the food simply looks soooooooo delicious and the cupcakes so well decorated with flowers too. Your guests must be pleased being invited to enjoyed all those delicious food and ..... my favourite bread pudding. Well, Ashley is a growing up as a lady now and here I wish her Happy Birthday and may Ashley stay cheerful and healthy always!!

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    1. Hi Mel! Actually, other than the cup cakes, I started my cooking and preparation only about 430pm. Dinner was served at 7, so it was still quite manageable.

      Thanks for your wishes!

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  4. Happy 10th Birthday, Ashley! Time sure flies by. Your kids are very lucky to have you and your wife as their parents :)

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    1. Thanks Ann! We are lucky and blessed to have them in our lives too - a real bundle of joy!

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  5. Happy birthday to Ashely. Yes, time flies indeed watching kids grow up. If only we could hold those moments forever where they are babies in our arms! Her birthday celebration looks like it was done in a restaurant. Look at all that food and cupcakes.

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    1. Thanks Mich! I guess all parents feel the same way!

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  6. Hi Alvin, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your sweet darling Ashley. Kids grow up very fast without you realizing, capture the beautiful moment with them. My sweet daughter turn 26 this year without me realizing and suddenly I feel like I'm getting old. LOL She is working in S'pore.

    Your wife cupcake look so cute and pretty, lovely decoration. And you sure cook up a storm of delectable wonderful dishes. All look extremely good and I love the starter appetizer smoked salmon. This is a great ideas, one spoonful in the mouth..... YUMMY!

    Your wife and children is so blessed to have you, and excellent chef. :)
    Have a great day ahead, regards.

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    1. Wow Amelia! Your girl is 26 now? You can be a granny soon!

      Thanks for the kind words! You have a great week ahead!

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  7. Happy Birthday Ashley! OMG! What a feast!! I'm really dumbstruck. She is one lucky girl. Love everything I see, especially the vegetable stew and the bread and butter pudding - I would choose it over creme brulee. The cupcakes are very pretty too. I think many people don't like brussel sprouts because they eat overcooked ones - smells quite nasty when cooked too long. Next time, can invite me? ;)

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    1. Thanks Denise! Sure, pls come and bring along some serundeng!!!

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  8. Oh wow, that's a five-star birthday party! She's got good taste in food. Wish I could have a birthday spread like that! She's a very lucky girl :) Well done!

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    1. Thanks Fern! All the kids have good taste... Just like their Mother!!! ;P

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  9. You're doing very well as a dad to your children! What a blessed family you have:) I always enjoy reading your blog.

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    1. Hi Annie and I'm glad that you enjoy reading my posts. Like you, I started this blog as a journal to collect my thoughts and memories.

      I will look out for your posts going forward! Thanks for dropping by.

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  10. Alvin, Happy Birthday to your Ashley ! Such a yummy and elegant feast . Lucky girl and guests :D Your wife's cupcakes look wonderful , I think she needs to start her own blog . lol Photos as always are fantastic !

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    1. Thanks Ann! Yes, baking to her is like food and wine to me! I will try to feature more of her baking in my blog for now. Thanks again!

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  11. Happy Birthday to Ashley! she is lucky to have you as a great cook and your wife as a great baker. Everything look so perfect!! I must have a fine dining meal like this one day for my kid birthday!

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    1. Thanks Sonia-Chi! I'm sure you can manage this too!

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  12. Such a sweet post from Daddy to his princess :) Aunty Esther here wishes Ashley Happy Birthday! 10 years old and a gourmet birthday party planned and cooked by her parents, wow. So wonderful of you and wife to go to such efforts for her, certainly binds the family closer and create precious memories :)

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    1. Thanks Aunty Esther! These are special moments that I wish she grows up remembering...

      Nice profile picture? Nice!

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  13. Happy Birthday Ashley! Love the look of that those mani bread and butter puddings! :D

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  14. now i want to be your kid! LOL! everything looks so profesionally done! Thumbs up, chef! and also to your wife's very pretty cupcakes! say hi to ashley for me, wishing her a very happy birthday. Yeah, time passes so quickly and very soon you will see yourself having grey hair here and there...:))

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    1. Ha Lena.... I dun wan to grow old that fast!

      Will do.... will ask her to read through all the wishes and comments in this post later today. It's her actual birthday today!

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  15. Wow! What a birthday! Those cupcakes are so cute! Wish we had stuff like that when I was turning 10.

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    1. Hi Erika! Ya, we did not have all these but I'm sure your childhood was equally colourful and fun! I miss mine... :)

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  16. What an elegant spread, Alvin. Everything looks delicious, even the sprouts. We love sprouts by the way, we don't say mean things about them. Kids do grow too fast. I would turn back time if I could to enjoy having little children once again.

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  17. Happy Birthday Ashley! Everything looks delicious!
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  18. happy birthday, ashley! you're so lucky to have such wonderful talented parents! ^^ looks like the party was a blast with so much good food and sweets.. ^^ and maybe another surprise celebration awaits today? ^^

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    1. Thanks Hui! Yes, we took half day leave today and spent some time with the kids and brought them out for dinner. We just reached home!

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  19. Happy Birthday to Ashley! Time really flies! Yeah, sometimes I wished they would stay young and carefree forever, other times I wish they are all grown up!
    That is a delicious feast that you've prepared! Great job, everything looks delicious, restaurant-class dishes! And you wife's cakes are very beautiful! Cheers to Ashley!

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  20. Oops, I'm late for the party! Happy belated bday to Ashley!!

    Oh dear, I'm one of those who hate brussel sprouts. Gave them many chances but none of them could win my stomach. Lol! What a beautiful family you'v got here. Talented baker, AWESOME cook, adorable kids! Errr..... could u keep one of those pinky cupcake for my birthday pleeeeeeeese!!

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  21. I heart the bread & butter pudding you made

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  22. Happy Belated birthday to your girl! You are super dad coming up with so many wonderful dish for this event...why I wasn't invited, lol! Btw, my daughter turns 10 too this year in June...time flies isn't it!

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    1. Huh Bee, would you come if I had invited you?

      Ya... time flies like an arrow...

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