An announcement party

There are certain major life events that I just can’t recall how I shared their news with my nearest and dearest. You know – first love, first break-up, first job, getting engaged – some of these events were before the mighty powers of social media intervened in how we interact and stay in touch, and although I’m sure I called some people surely I couldn’t have called everyone individually, right?

Then there are other events, so close to heart that their news has to be timed and calculated. Shared at first with your inner circle, those you trust most, those whom you know will guard your news until you are ready to share it a little further. It’s not about the pecking order of your family and friends; it’s about keeping certain things sacred and private because they mean so, so much to you.

So, with that, I decided to hold sort of an announcement party – an informal gathering where a group of friends were invited to an easy lunch of sausage pasta, salad, pastizzi and trashy (read: soft, store-bought) garlic bread.

  
Pastel-coloured tableware was the order of the day, with thanks to Kitchenware Direct, and in stylish disposable form from one of my favourite brands – Paper Eskimo. I buy too many of their cupcake cases as it is (despite my infrequent baking of cupcakes, but they’re totally useable for other purposes) so imagine my delight discovering that Kitchenware Direct now stock their wares, along with a massive range of home and living goods on top of their usual array of kitchen products. As opposed to walking into a store which may stock a few Paper Eskimo products, you can now order from an extensive range online via Kitchenware Direct. Delivered. To. Your. Door. Pretty and eco-friendly – gotta love the internets.

And of course there had to be cake, a pastel-hued cake in keeping with the “crockery” colours which was gloriously covered in fresh cream. The pastel hue from bought matcha powder and raspberry powder made by drying out fruit pieces in a low oven and grinding them up with this new toy, also from Kitchenware Direct.


I’ve never owned nor had use for a mortar and pestle – it’s simply not part of my Cantonese cooking repertoire. I suspect the last time I used one was in a high school chemistry class! This Ecology one was chosen partly because I like white kitchenware, I like how it says “grind” on the side, it didn’t look too large nor heavy, and it has a pouring spout. As a small female, I envisaged it would be a difficult task trying to lift a super heavy mortar while simultaneously extricating its contents. And despite the raspberry stains I smeared all over the cavity, it was really easy to clean with just a gentle wipe from a scourer under hot water.


While I wasn’t entirely happy with the raspberry layers of the cake – not raspberry enough, not pink enough, plus the pips which didn’t ground down sank to the bottom – I will try making fruit powders again with a bit more research. Using fruit powders means you can add colour as well as flavour, without need for artificial colouring and without changing the wet/dry ratio of your baking mixture. Apparently citrus peel grounds down to powders really well so the possibilities are almost endless.


happy cooking!

19 comments:

  1. Argh! Congrats on whatever the announcement is/was!

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    1. Thanks haha! See next post for further details...

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  2. I'm intrigued - what was the announcement???

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  3. I've been meaning to make fruit powders, but took the easy way out and saw it at a shop in melbourne. And yes, what was the announcement??? :P

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    1. Shall keep an eye out for ready-made fruit powders as well. And if you read the next post, you'll see what the announcement was about!

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  4. So are you making the announcement???

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  5. ive always wanted a mortar and pestle but never had the chacne to find one! i know where to head now! and what was the announcement?!?!

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    1. Haha thanks! Will take on board your suggestion to rebrand as "Spoon, Fork & Milk bottles" =p

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  7. Weeee Yay Woooo!!! xxx Hmm okay, so what is the announcement :p xxx Oh and well done on the mortaring or is that pestling?? x

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    1. Thanks! A new mortar and pestle is always worth celebrating =D

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  8. LOL at Sara.. Congrats on obtaining a mortar and pestle!

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