And it began with a cake…

The festive season begins and ends with my children, literally. Lil Loon celebrates his arrival into the world on the 5th of December and Lil Lassie kicks off the closing ceremony on the 8th of January. The present hunting, wrapping, card writing, cake baking, meal making, candle blowing, face stuffing procession of events continues ceaselessly. Throw a party in the mix, visiting parents-in-law, hospital trips due to The Scotsmans ill-behaved appendix and I can honestly say, I’m christmas crackered. Everything seems to have moved in a blur, like I’m looking out of an express train. Details are left to the imagination.

Every birthday needs a cake. After months and months of staring, wishing and begging for a slice of the decorated cakes that left my kitchen destined for another child’s party, my Lil Loon finally got his very own. He wanted it to be blue and asked that there be a ship. Simple really. I wanted it have that pencil drawing sort of simplicity to it but to have scale as well, representing a vast ocean of possibilities. A two tiered cake and layers of cut out fondant did the job. The family voted for my Vanilla Victoria Sponge , with plain vanilla buttercream and jam between the layers. The bottom tier is a 6″ cake and the top is 4″. Dinky. The little guy was thrilled, I mean squealing, jumping, clapping hands sort of thrilled. He’s three, is my baby. Three.

And here’s the roundup of what’s been happening in this corner of Doha, working backwards of course!

Paper Houses

Christmas Party Spread 01
A happy sight indeed! The Christmas Party spread. Well, almost.
The soy glazed sausages and the mince pies are missing from the photos! Time, folks, time!!
Christmas Party Spread 02
Tomato, Goat’s Cheese and Basil Tarts / Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon, Horseradish Creme Fraiche and Dill
Christmas Party Spread 03
Christmas Ham glazed with Redcurrant Jelly and Mustard / Roasted Pepper and Pomegranate Salad, Breads, Humous, Crisps, Olives / Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups / Cranberry and Pecan Bread
Volcano Cake
Volcano Cake for a wee boy! Excuse the dodgy photo. I still haven’t got the hang of night shots!
My Little Pony Cake
Extreme pink My Little Pony Cake for one of Lil Lassie’s classmates. I think the mum was more thrilled than the kids!
Harissa Lamb Chops
Harissa Lamb Chops and Tahini Sauce..a staple meal here.
Mini Multicoloured Meringues

Hogmanay or New Year’s Eve, is going to be a quiet one. With The Scotsman in recovery post -op, a night of dancing and drinking isn’t quite what the doctor prescribed. We might first foot friends; a Scottish tradition of going to see close friends on the 1st of January, crossing into their threshold, usually with various gifts, symbolising different things. The first footer has to be a dark haired man for good luck. Red or fair headed folk symbolise Nordic invaders. Not a peaceful thing to see when you open the door of your wee stone cottage in an isolated part of the island!

Decorations are to come down tonight. Since it’s the build up to Lil Lassie’s celebrations, we try not to let the festivities overlap. Henceforth, it’s a flurry of pink wherever possible, even though I will be heaving while blowing up pink pearlescent balloons. But, it makes her happy and that’s the point. She is still at an age, where a pink balloon offers so much silly, easy happiness and long may that innocence continue. In the meantime, I shall be wrestling with fondant, cutters, embossers and of course, glitter. Lots and lots of glitter.

Until we talk again, I wish every one of you, every visitor to my cyber address a most happy, prosperous, blessed New Year.


42 thoughts on “And it began with a cake…

    1. The Patterned Plate

      Didn’t think of blogging about them, but have put them on the list Allison. Thanks again and same to you. All preparations are in full swing for the last, or first, birthday party of the year! Phew!

  1. Amy

    What a gorgeous boat cake. Simple but so effective. I love the boat and fish details. I am not surprised the little chap was squealing with delight and clapping his hands in joy.

    1. The Patterned Plate

      Thanks Amy, it was a very satisfying moment, seeing his reaction. Makes all the swearing and late hours beforehand well worth it! Lesson to be learnt- don’t try to make such a cake in 24 hours!

  2. Ali

    As one of the lucky recipients of the Christmas table fare let me tell you there was much of the grown up version of squealing with delight and clapping hands at the sight of this festive feast. Everything tasted even better than it looked, the camera does not lie and this lady is Doha’s answer to Nigella.

  3. Rushi!

    Carrie your Christmas table is so elegant and stunning and your cakes are beauuuuuuuutiful. You have a way with words and pictures 🙂
    May the new year bring you happiness, love and success!

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    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days.

  5. thespicysaffron

    Absolutely stunning Christmas spread, Carrie!! Loving loving the food, candles, lights and all the mini details you have patiently paid attention to 🙂
    The Volcano cake is soooo cute , Luke must be thrilled.
    Looking forward to the ‘all pink’ upcoming birthday.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2013.

  6. Thanh @ eat, little bird

    Happy birthday to your two little ones!! I can’t wait to see what cake you came up with for your gorgeous little girl. And your Christmas spread just looks amazing!! Puts my own efforts at Christmas to shame 😉 What a lucky family you have. Wishing you a fantastic 2013 – can’t wait to see what you get up to in the kitchen this year 🙂

  7. bettybobkin

    That Christmas table has more than a touch of the SamIam about it, and as you know, that’s not a compliment given lightly !

    I hope Lil Lassie is enjoying her birthday: 8th Jan was the birthday of one of my grannies, and the other was 27th December, so as a child those celebrations were inextricably linked with Christmas for me too.

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