Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mom's Birthday 2019 - The Unconventional Birthday Cake

September is a busy birthday month as just within my immediately family; there are already three persons celebrating their birthday and the first one is my dearest mom!

She had a request though. No birthday cake as she finds them fattening and being the filial son who couldn't imagine a birthday without cake; i decided to make her favourite osmanthus jelly using a bigger mold so that i can at least put up a candle.

Well aware of her obsession with 4D and TOTO; i left enough jelly to make three golden ingots as it would have represented prosperity and wealth! 

Photos with the kids; Jerald has overshot my mom in height and i think Jovyn likely would be of comparable height with my mom in mere years ahead.

Jovyn holds a special place in my mom's heart as my mother was 100% committed to taking care of her from the time she was an infant until she was about 2-3 years old. 

Thank god for just birthday songs in just English and Mandarin; it wasn't that long ago when we had four different versions and i can't go beyond my basic, elementary English and Mandarin! 

Cake slicing time! Nope, Jovyn wasn't interested in the osmanthus jelly that's filled with Chinese wolfberries and red dates but too bad; the birthday gal takes priority.

The rare family portrait; thanks to Alex who took the photo for us. And of course, happy birthday to my mom whom i know dotes on every single one of us and make it her personal crusade to ensure we are well-fed (she is a darn good cook)! 

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p.s. if you need the recipe to make the delicious yet healthy osmanthus jelly, click here. It's honestly not difficult and you may even reduce the sugar by another 10-20%.

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