She’s got it…

The 17th of September is my girl’s birthday and that was last Sunday so of course, the mum cooked the chicken soup with the traditional Foochow red wine and we had that with hung ngang (the big bihun) instead of mee sua as the latter is not gluten free.

There was a lot of the noodles left over and I fried it for breakfast the other morning, with Thai fish sauce…

Gluten-free fried hung ngang

…instead of soy sauce which contains wheat and is not gluten free as well.

We could not order any cake from outside for her special day – they are all made from wheat and are not gluten-free and she did try making her own a few times before but it had not been very successful.

However, this time around, she managed to pass with flying colours – her Japanese baked cheese cake came out really well and she and her mum did the decoration with whipped cream and fresh strawberries…

Mel's own-made birthday cake

…so she did have a birthday cake…

Happy birthday

…to cut and enjoy after all.

Finally, she has succeeded in making a cake with the soft cake texture…

Melissa's Japanese baked cheese cake with icing & strawberries

…unlike some of her failed attempts before, and it tasted very nice too. The light brown colour was because she decided to use brown sugar instead of the regular sugar.

Incidentally, last weekend, she also used this cheese sauce…

Cheese sauce from Australia

…that my cousin brought all the way from Melbourne, Australia to give to me to cook some broccoli…

Broccoli cheese

…that I had in the fridge. There wasn’t all that much left so the mum asked her to add some sweet baby corn as well to come out with this lovely broccoli casserole…

Broccoli casserole

Yes, it was very nice and we all enjoyed it but being a carnivore, I thought it would be nicer to add some bacon or ham to it. That, I’m sure would bring the taste to a whole new level.

Well, her birthday was on a Sunday so we could not go out for a celebration of any kind. After enjoying the noodles and the cake that morning, we had to be on our way already, sending her back to her school in the jungle.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

7 thoughts on “She’s got it…”

  1. The cake sure looks beautiful and delicious. The casserole looks tasty, same as you, I would prefer to add some ham or bacon to it. Happy Belated Birthday to your girl.

    Thanks. Yes, the cake was very nice.

  2. Bravo, glad that Melissa has successfully baked a beautiful cake for her special day. The fried hung ngang looks pretty good and so is the broccoli casserole….πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

    All good.

  3. Congratulations to Melissa on her birthday and for perfecting her cake. Happy Birthday.

    Thanks. Yes, I was very happy for her too as everytime she failed, she ended up kinda depressed. I wish she would just get used to eating the things she can eat but somehow, she would insist on trying to make stuff like those that she can’t even though during those times when she did not know she could not eat them, she was not really a fan even.

  4. This is a very delicious looking birthday cake. No one will mind having such beautiful decorated, healthy and homemade cake on the birthday. Happy birthday to Melissa.

    Thank you. Yes, it was very nice. Looking forward to the next time she makes it again. πŸ˜‰

  5. A lovely celebration at home with homemade cake and casserole.

    Indeed I agreed the casserole would taste better with bacons or hams. ^^

    Happy belated birthday to Melissa.

    Thank you. Aha!!! One on my side, I see. Hehehehe!!!

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