24th April 2020 – Friday
It’s my son’s birthday tomorrow … He’s going to be 9! He calls it his birthday week as he wants to celebrate it for the whole week. Talk about milk it … but it sucks having a birthday during lockdown, it really does – so he is forgiven. Every year I always oganise some kind of birthday party for Skye and Devon. Some years we have huge garden parties with the bbq on full steam, plenty of food and drinks, bouncy castle and party games … some years we will go trampolining with friends, we’ve done ice-skating and even hired a private cinema. So you see … having a birthday during lockdown is such an inconvenience.
This year I had booked a football themed party for Devon at Powerleague. He wanted it to be just a boy thing with all of his closest friends from school and friends that he has grown up with outside of school. It was suppose to be a 5 aside football match with party food afterwards. Devon was so looking forward to that … he is football mad (he supports Manchester United).
I have postponed it until the summer holidays at least … we’ll see how long this coronavirus lingers on for.
So tomorrow it will just be a quiet little party – just us four and our little bbq set. He requested burgers and hotdogs for his birthday dinner. I am trying to make it as special as possible … lots of balloons and I’m going to make a little football cake and I bought him lots of presents. He understands that this is the way it has got to be this year … he understands, which I am grateful for.
This week has been good. Home schooling has been alot more structured now that I know what is going on and I’ve been super organised. The school has finally uploaded a proper weekly learning schedule – the topic guidance to what the kids should be learning this week. It’s made home schooling so much easier … I don’t have to sit there and try to work out what they should do that day. I was basically making it up as I went along. Now that they have set tasks, they just get on with it … when they are done they have the rest of the day to play and hang out. It puts less stress on me I can tell you.
It was also my nephew’s birthday earlier in the week. He turned 5 and my cousin requested a little cake for him. I have made every single one of his cakes and I was delighted to make this little lockdown birthday cake for him. He loves Pac-man so I made a little simple one for him.
How cute is this cake though! I just kept it simple and to the point. I prefer to make simple cakes because they look nicer … I don’t like chaotic cakes with too much on top. I feel there is no flair and the cake just looks rushed like no care was put into it.
This week I have cooked some lovely dishes for dinner which were all well received by the family. My husband popped by his parents house yesterday to pick up some food … his dad commented on my husband’s slight weight gain! My husband told his parents that he has been eating really well during the lockdown and I have been busy in the kitchen trying out new recipes and such. They were super impressed!
These are some of the dishes I have made this week. Right: this was a beef and potato coconut curry – this was really warming and wasn’t too spicy. I made it with a side of rice and chapatis. Top left: jerk chicken with rice and peas. I once asked a friend what their recipe was for jerk chicken (she is from West Indian heritage) and surprisingly she said she doesn’t make it from scratch, she just buys the powdered jerk marinade. She also said that alot of people don’t make it from scratch – a good jerk marinade in a packet was just as good. I will reserve judgement on that one. I always make mine from scratch. The picture on the bottom left is another first timer – I made banh beo which is a Vietnamese dish. It is savoury steamed rice cakes topped with minced pork and prawns with a drizzle of scallion oil. It was super light and delicate but it tastes so good. The family were super impressed!
My husband got news today that he has been furloughed from work. I’m not sure what to make of it – but he says it is just a routine and most of his colleagues have beeen furloughed too. Hubby works for Transport for London as a control and information engineer. He’s been working from home since March and getting really bored. He’s left a big dent in the sofa from where his daytime tv marathon was being held! This furlough has now thrown a lot of uncertainty during this unpredictable time. I am currently still off work due to my underlying health issues … I am on special leave at the moment – they may furlough me in the future … who knows!
I hope you are all safe and well. The weather this week has been really good. The sun is shining and you can feel the air getting warmer and the days are getting longer. Please do drop me a line to let me know how you are getting on. We are all in this together so let’s stay connected.
See you next week!
~ The Cake Lady (and family) xxx