Chez Madeleine

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Virtual Pot-luck Birthday Party (long awaited!)

Shannon--Birthday Cake

Wow! Thanks to everyone who brought scrumptious dishes to my birthday party. Sorry it took me so long to give them a proper venue. Things have been very busy the past few weeks!

So, without further ado, the best spread a girl could hope for on her birthday:

First, from Ginny-the perfect centerpiece for my extravaganza-a swan ice sculpture!
Ice Sculpture

Next, for a cocktail-no party is complete without a signature cocktail; this is from my Uncle Jack, a Gibson:
gibson martini

Next, to whet the palate, a dazzling spread of olives, cured meats and cheeses, and wonderful soft, mellow roasted garlic from my Mom:
Antipasto from Mom

And what party would be complete without a raw chicken (from Emily & Sami)!
emily with chicken

And a raw lobster (from Kristin):
KG with Lobster

And raw trout from Madi:
TROUT_SEPT2006


Moving onto my Aunt Karen's famous Sausage and Spinach Pie:
Aunt Karen

And my mom's Canary Island Pork Tenderloin:
Pork Tenderloin with Canary Island Marinade-Mom

And Kate's dazzling Falafel Salad:
Falafel Salad

Which was perfectly complimented by Em & Sami's Lebanese Spread:
emily & sami lebanese food

And Becky's Portobello Lasagne:
Lasagne

And her mouth-watering chicken pot-pie (she should have her own blog!):
Chicken Pot Pie Becky

Nothing beat Amaree's beach picnic contributions (cobb salad wrap, pasta salad, and strawberry yogurt parfait):
Amaree Picnic

And for dessert, this gorgeous red fruit tart from Becky was one of my favorite photos of all-I want to eat it off the page:
Red Fruit Tart

And this piece of delectable birthday cake from Shannon:
Shannon--Birthday Cake

And party favors from my mom: fresh baked bread:
bread for guests to take home-Mom

All in all, the diversity of these dishes represents the incredible diversity among my friends and family. You are all so different, you touch the palate in different ways, igniting different taste buds. I crave your friendship and companionship, and no meal, no day would complete without all of you. Thank you for celebrating with me!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything looks wonderful. I'm glad to be invited. Kristin's photo is the most darling thing I have seen.

7:24 PM  
Blogger klkatz said...

sorry i missed your party. my scrapple didn't go to waste.

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We miss you and hope everything is alright. Please come back to the virtual world soon.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous aimee said...

I miss this blog. Please come out of hibernation!

6:01 PM  

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