Celebrating my 37th birthday during Covid

I celebrated turning 37 on the 28th April !!! Happy birthday to meee! Before Covid I had this idea that I would do lunch with my family and close friends and call the gathering a birthday party, something I have never had in my life. Alas COVID happened but I still had the best day of my life.

A beautiful story was told by @chrystalhurst about how her late mom showed up for them as kids and through to adulthood . One of the things she did was come up with this idea that on each personโ€™s birthday, she will be serving you your favorite meal on this โ€œspecialโ€ plate .
This idea resonated so much with me that I even introduced to my family ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„.As someone who has been celebrating her birthday for the last twenty years only , I am learning each day how important celebration is especially that I have kids. Having unique family traditions is something that I value and this one is staying !!!โœ…โœ…

The girls are so excited and looking forward to their birthdays and I think this new tradition will help us thrive on being grateful for one another. #stayhomesa #birthdaycelebratrion #newtradition

So hereโ€™s to many years of celebration and adjusting to life as moments present themselves to us !!!

What made this day special ??

  • KG cut my hair !!!! And he had never cut anyoneโ€™s hair in the past so this meant a lot to me . I am so grateful for this moment
  • Cooking for the family and just being intentional about my day was quite special and that everyone acknowledged it wa super special for me
  • That everyone agreed and adopted the special plate was super special on its own . Damn the excitement from my kids was out this this world hey
  • I got a cash gift from kg – listen ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝ I am riiiiiccchh ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
  • Kg giving me a photoshoot with excitement and so much energy. Honestly this was his best show up moment and kudos to my husband people ! He outdid himself , I changed into 3 outfits in a space of 45 minutes ๐Ÿ˜ƒand he was so hyped up about it all!
  • Kg was the dj for the evening and the mood was perfect
  • My friend and family wishing me well and my best friend T sent me cash ๐Ÿ’ฐ I canโ€™t wait to spoil myself !
  • I baked my own cheesecake for the first time – like helooo
  • I just know that this was by far my best birthday celebration ever

In that way , I say I am grateful that I was with my family in this special day. I have grown to love celebrating birthdays thanks to Kg and my friends .

Canโ€™t wait for the after Covid shenanigans ๐Ÿคฃ

Cooking experiences during Covid

Listen !!!! I am so proud of myself , we are on day 35 and I can look back with so much pride. Before this I didnโ€™t know that I was capable of creating nutritious meals for my family for 35 days straight . We talking 3 good meals a day and never once did I fail them . So I will wait for that mother of the Covid award everybody !!!

I basically had to find what works . Some nights I would defrost whatever I am preparing for the next day. I think the first 21 days were the hardest because I was very tight scheduled , strict and just didnโ€™t want to drop the ball. But I believe after that I became more confident on my abilities and I also realized that I was being too hard on myself . So I took things slightly easier . Instead of making a full breakfast for everyone I just prepared corn flakes ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธsomething I am not used to but everyone improvised and honestly everyone has been good team members and very grateful for all the trouble I got through .

Even in this state of uncertainty, I am just grateful for a moment to pause and show up for my family in a manner that would have been completely impossible had it not been for COVID .

The baking chronicles of Covid -19

I have never baked like this in my entire life ! The consistency , the curiosity and the amount of patience I have to try out new things has surprised me !!! I am throughly grateful for a moment to create these beautiful memories for myself and family alike.

With the shops having long queues because of the social distancing , I had to look for alternatives to bread ๐Ÿž and baking has saved my life .

Baking buns is by far my biggest and most favorite baking achievement!! And I will tell you why . My mother used to make these soft fluffy buns that used to call my name and wake me up from the bed no matter how early in the morning it was. These buns remind me of home and they just bring so many memories of my life growing up and watching my mother making coal fire and mixing the flour to make these . I was pleasantly surprised that I did a good job for a first attempt ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ. There is nothing in the world that smells like these buns and everyone in my family said they could smell them from my phone – listen thatโ€™s a compliment Iโ€™d take any day all time. My mother thought I got an instant flour (as I am known for keeping things easy) and she was impressed that I made these from scratch . Anyway do check @thelazymakoti for the recipe ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

Cheese cake ๐Ÿฐ – I made my own cheese cake from scratch ! I felt all kind of feelings because I have been eating this dessert which is my ultimate favorite for yeeeaaaarrssss , this is the dessert that was served on my wedding day too . I bought the kit a while back , I probably had it for six months already and only now I got to try it ! All I can say is – this was the best cheesecake I have ever tasted – okay – ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Come dine with me here I comeeee ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ

Pancakes ๐Ÿฅž- there is no life without pancakes in my house oooaakaaay. The girls really love it and we now know how to make them from scratch . Easy peasy lemon squeezy as the girls would say ! Yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹

Body detox

After all the eating and dining the bodyโ€™s needs to detox .

My garden has been my saving grace and I was able to pick up a few good harvests for this purpose. My go to detox solution is as follows :

– Lemon

– Parsley

– Ginger

– Cucumbers

– Mint

I usually blend all these together and then strain the juice out , put a bit of ice and some honey to taste and am good to go. Whilst we do emotional and spiritual detox , our body needs to clean up too !!!

Lockdown kitchen diaries

20 days later!!!!! Woooow we are making it , one day at a time !

Preparing three meals a day has never been so challenging ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›jeeeeeerrrrr . My family has different preferences and unfortunately there are a number of food items that we cannot all eat at the same time. Luckily for me I have been cooking since day one I met KG and I have figured how to unlock my food choices. Some days I still found myself cooking two or three dishes at the same time just so that everyone is accommodated….. and it has been rough to say the least !

Cooking is my way of showing up for my family . Look , at the end of the day we have to eat so my take is , let that ritual be exciting and at least memorable . The thing about food for me is that it creates memories . I remember how my mom used to bake for us and the smell of freshly baked buns gave me a sense of home and belonging. And that is what I am trying to create for my family .

Good food compliments my home making process ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

So it has been rough and exciting , baking from fat cakes , pizza ๐Ÿ• , scones to red velvet muffins !!!! The girls had so much fun and itโ€™s been our great fun time activity !!

Here are just few of pictures I got to take and I think we will always look back at this experience with a huge sense of gratitude for the meals we shared together as a family.

For the next 14 days I will be reducing my time spent in the kitchen to allow myself more studying time as KG will be showing off his culinary skills in the kitchen – he is the sandwich king in the family and I just canโ€™t wait to dig in ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹. I will share some of those at the end of the lockdown๐Ÿค—

Happy cooking ๐Ÿฅ˜ and enjoy the pictures . If you ever need a go to place for cooking inspiration @Chefnthabit also on @well.maid is my absolute favorite!!!!

Porridge and tinkies

Rainy evening meal

We had a rainy day today and was craving some chicken soup/ curry

Curry ๐Ÿ› stews are my best dishes … I absolute outdo myself . The taste is so heavenly

And so I delivered with some home made buns I call them . Made from plain yoghurt and self raising flower . Got this recipe from @foodiesa

I cannot wait to have some more in my lunch box tomorrow