This month my baby turned 6. 6! It was his turn for a party this year. It’s fair to say that by mid July I was pretty much over party foods that involved cereal and puff pastry.
But you know, while I made most of the food myself, it wasn’t hard because I had two basic criteria – I had to be able to make most of it ahead of time; and it had to be simple to make.
Bruce’s party was on Saturday at 10:30 – I had a plan of attack.
Made the Mars Bar Slice. Nothing easier than this microwave version. I doubled the quantities as we were expecting 20 kids (plus parents). We came home with 6 or so squares left over. It kept in the fridge really really well.
I work a half day on a Thursday.
I made the Honey Joys/Honey Crackles before I went to work – they are that simple. The recipe came from the side of the Cornflakes packet and Kelloggs have it on their website too.
After work I made the sausage rolls based on this recipe I found on Taste.com.au – I did make a change to this one. I don’t like sausage mince much so instead of the meat they suggested I used 500g pork mince and 500g veal mince. It made around 36 which seemed to be more than enough.
After dinner on Thursday I made the pizza scrolls. Again – too simple. 5 sheets of puff pastry, defrosted. Spread a tablespoon of pizza tomato paste on each. Scatter with chopped up ham, grated cheese and crushed (drained) pineapple. Roll up tightly, cut each roll into 8 slices, arrange on a tray lined with baking paper and cook in a hot oven for about 15 – 20 minutes.
After work I did the cake. IGA make big slabs of vanilla sponge cake. I bought one of these and chopped it in to a monkey shape and then decorated it. A few problems – I should have left the coco-pop “fur” until the morning (they were all soggy) and I ran out of icing to properly cover all of him and ensure they stuck. He looked a bit like a moth eaten toy monkey but Bruce didn’t mind.
For the parents to snack on while the kids were playing (we went to Jungle Gym in Willetton) I had tea & coffee supplies, a packet of Tim Tams and a yummy, but basic, lemon loaf that I had made as part of a big batch of loaves a few weeks before and frozen. The night before I pulled it out of the freezer, iced it and chopped it into squares. It was still delicious and moist.
Saturday morning only involved chopping up watermelon and strawberries for some fruit platters, packing the car and we were off. He had a great party, celebrating his birthday with some wonderful friends. Not a lot of food came home. Perfect.