My husband, Terry, recently celebrated a big birthday. I know what he really wanted. To go to Japan. Since we had already committed to some travel plans this year and trips to Japan ain’t cheap! We are putting it off for now. So for his birthday, I threw him a surprise party and tried to bring Japan to him.
Hello Kitty Rice & Bok Choy – thanks Vegandollhouse!
Sushi wrapped in coloured soy paper
Homemade Seaweed Salad
Hello Kitty Spirulina Cupcakes
I spent the day decorating (forgot to take pictures), and making sushi seaweed salad, miso soup and a ton of sushi filling while my friend Di made cupcakes and rolled the sushi. I did all of this after breaking my toe…
Thank goodness for Di. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do everything without her. As a solid foodie, I completely forgot to take pictures of people. Argh! I blame it on the broken toe 😉
Because I threw this party well over a week before his actual birthday, I felt the need to make him a special meal on his actual birthday. His favourite thing I make is Pineapple Boat Stirfry. I only make it once a year as it’s a little labour intensive.
And I made him pineapple pudding for dessert. Can you tell he loved pineapple? Who doesn’t?
You can have this as a standalone, or add some homemade coconut bacon. Mmmm.
1 cup of full fat coconut milk, stashed in the fridge overnight to harden
1/4 cup of pineapple juice (I just used the juice from fresh cut pineapple I bought at the store)
1/4 cup of shredded coconut
Blend everything until thick & creamy. I took two wine glasses, layered in some thinly sliced pineapple, then the pudding, more sliced pineapple, more pudding and finished it off with diced pineapple. Then I topped it with some homemade coconut bacon.
1/2 cup of thick shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp of oil
1 tbsp of soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 tsp of maple syrup
1 tsp of rice vinegar
a dash of liquid smoke
Combine all of the ingredients and allow the shredded coconut to marinade for several minutes. Bake it for 5-7 minutes at 300. Be careful to watch it carefully, it can quickly & easily burned. Especially if your toaster oven is on the fritz…
Well, at least some of it was salvageable.
Happy Birthday to an amazing person. My husband, my best friend and partner in crime. I celebrate the love of my life. The smartest & funniest person I know. Someone I want to wake up with each and every morning. Someone who helps me with the small things and the big things. Someone who makes me laugh, someone who is there when I cry. Someone who makes me want to be a better person.