Friday, January 28, 2011

My lovely grandmother had a big birthday

Wedding china, inherited goblets, loud tablecloth.
My maternal grandmother turned 99 yesterday and we threw her a party. I guess I can say it, now that there's no one around to have hurt feelings: While I loved all my grandparents a lot, she was always my favorite.  When I was a child I used to worry she was going to die and I'd never see her again. I would get weepy when we said good-bye because she was so tiny and seemed so fragile.

She is even tinier now, but clearly she was not so fragile.

Keeping me company, pre-party.
Tonight she told me, "You look pretty and happy, but once you were very slim and that was wonderful."

Hmmph.

Some other pearls of wisdom gleaned over the years:

-"Don't chase the boys, let the boys come to you."

-"Latin boys think all American girls are fast."

-"Girls look very coquette when they wear a skirt that moves when they walk."

-"Couldn't you put on a little lipstick?"

-"Couldn't you put on a little rouge?"

-"Don't put your elbows on the table -- it makes them look old."

-"You need to make exercise."

-"You should wear dangly earrings."

And right she is. Usually.

I've made her sound shallow and hypercritical, which she isn't at all. She's just a Tiger Mother of the vintage Guatemalan variety.

The meal:

-Old-fashioneds. Because my grandmother likes them.

-Dorie Greenspan's tuna rillettes. Easy and fabulous. Tuna + creme fraiche + shallot + curry powder + a pinch of allspice, pureed in food processor and chilled. Serve with crackers.

-Greenspan's sweet and spicy nuts. HIT.
Brazil nuts, pistachios, pecans, cashews, almonds.

-Greenspan's mustard batons. Pepperidge Farm puff pastry spread with mustard and baked.

-Vadouvan mac n' cheese. Not a Greenspan recipe. I've made this rich and exotic and very delicious dish probably ten times now and it's ideal for parties because you can have it all ready ahead of time. The recipe is here. I can't recommend it more highly. My one piece advice would be to ignore the instructions with regards to the breadcrumb topping and do this instead: Put  6 ounces of crusty bread  (or rye bread) in the food processor and break it down to feathery bits. Heat 4 tablespoons of butter and fry the crumbs until crisp. Otherwise, the recipe is perfect. You can order vadouvan spice blend from Kalustyan's. I've tried making it, but it's better bought.

To complete the meal, my sister brought kale salad and two excellent cakes, including a domed green Princess cake.

Happy Birthday, Dita!

Flower barrettes. Very coquette.

58 comments:

  1. Mac and cheese sounds good... had never heard of Vadouvan. Happy B-day to your grandmother ~ mine will be 98 this year.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Grandchildren show a lot more grace when it comes to some of those comments. Children, however, have a hard time forgiving! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Azure -- You are so right.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Melvil Dewey1/28/11, 11:46 AM

    Glad to see that your grandmother still has her fastball. When I last saw her (at your wedding), she greeted me with, "Melvil, you got fat!" How does one respond to that kind of greeting? I haven't eaten since.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Happy birthday to your grandmother! It sounds like quite a (delicious) party.

    ReplyDelete
  6. My great-great grandmother, who missed her 102nd birthday by 17 days, told five-year-old me, "Tell your mother to let your hair grow to cover your ears. Men don't like girls with big ears."

    ReplyDelete
  7. That cake is impressive.

    My own grandfather advised rubbing myself with bacon grease to catch a man, when I was the ripe old age of 21 and still unmarried.

    Your grandmother is beautiful and I wish I could meet her in person.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I protest! Tipsy IS slim and it is wonderful!

    But that is one cool grandmother she's got.

    I did some one handed Dorie cooking last night. Had to chop everything in the Cuisinart but hey, why not? The garlic crumb broccoli...yum. Can't wait to delve farther. If I ever stop putting of my houswarming party I will be rilletting and cheese sticking like mad.

    thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Would love to hear more about your grandmother and the Guatemalan side of your family (food, traditions...)!

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a lucky grandmother to have such a devoted granddaughter. Imagine turning 99 and being able to celebrate with two granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren. A dream come true.

    ReplyDelete
  11. buy diazepam diazepam valium chemical formula - diazepam krople 10mg

    ReplyDelete
  12. generic xanax xanax xr overdose symptoms - xanax side effects common

    ReplyDelete
  13. discount ativan ativan and high blood pressure - ativan withdrawal dosage

    ReplyDelete
  14. ambien without prescriptions 10 mg of ambien not working - buy ambien online europe

    ReplyDelete
  15. buy xanax online xanax 2mg pill identifier - generic xanax images

    ReplyDelete
  16. ativan lorazepam ativan uses side effects - ativan side effects nih

    ReplyDelete
  17. order diazepam generic valium orange - how many valium 5mg to get high

    ReplyDelete
  18. buy xanax online no prescription overnight can i order xanax online - 2mg klonopin vs xanax bar

    ReplyDelete
  19. buy diazepam diazepam tablets dosage - cheap indian diazepam

    ReplyDelete
  20. buy diazepam diazepam dosage by weight - buy generic valium online no prescription

    ReplyDelete
  21. ativan online ativan under the tongue - ativan lorazepam overdose

    ReplyDelete
  22. buy ativan ativan vs xanax and valium - ativan given alcohol withdrawal

    ReplyDelete
  23. buy xanax no prescription xanax xr 3mg - drug interactions xanax lunesta

    ReplyDelete
  24. buy xanax valium online florida where to buy xanax online legally - generic xanax images

    ReplyDelete
  25. ativan no prescription generic version ativan - ativan withdrawal

    ReplyDelete
  26. online xanax no prescription different types generic xanax pills - xanax bars youtube

    ReplyDelete
  27. ambien no prescription order ambien visa - ambien overdose level

    ReplyDelete
  28. buy carisoprodol online order watson soma online - soma online ticketing

    ReplyDelete
  29. zolpidem 10 mg ambien 10 mg scored - ambien side effects 5 mg

    ReplyDelete
  30. buy carisoprodol online carisoprodol texas penalty group - buy soma watson brand online

    ReplyDelete
  31. generic soma generic for soma 250 - carisoprodol recreational erowid

    ReplyDelete
  32. ambien online no prescription ambien side effects weakness - ambien for sale on line

    ReplyDelete
  33. cheap diazepam complete list valium side effects - 10mg valium beer

    ReplyDelete
  34. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment soma price - soma cost http://www.emprendiendoideas.com/#soma-cost

    ReplyDelete
  35. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment generic soma - cheap soma no prescription http://www.emprendiendoideas.com/#cheap-soma-no-prescription

    ReplyDelete
  36. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment buy cheap ventolin - buy generic ventolin http://www.ventolinforsaleonline.com/#buy-generic-ventolin

    ReplyDelete
  37. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment prednisone price - prednisone sale http://www.ourdailybreadmarket.net/#prednisone-sale

    ReplyDelete
  38. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment order acomplia - buy acomplia no prescription http://www.a6soft.com/#buy-acomplia-no-prescription

    ReplyDelete
  39. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment buy meridia - meridia online http://www.meridiaordernow.com/#meridia-online

    ReplyDelete
  40. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment cheap ventolin online - generic ventolin online http://www.ventolinforsaleonline.com/#generic-ventolin-online

    ReplyDelete
  41. Blogger: The Tipsy Baker - Post a Comment reductil for sale - buy reductil online no prescription http://www.meridiaordernow.com/#buy-reductil-online-no-prescription

    ReplyDelete
  42. Hi, MoxoredapeTox imitrex pills - generic imitrex cost http://www.oparticular.net/#generic-imitrex-cost

    ReplyDelete
  43. Hello, meridia no prescription - buy sibutramine without prescription http://www.amaryllisgarden.com/#buy-sibutramine-without-prescription

    ReplyDelete
  44. Unc Internal Medicine generic acomplia rimonabant - cheap acomplia diet pills http://www.buydiscountedisotretinoin.net/#cheap-acomplia-diet-pills

    ReplyDelete
  45. World Drug Report 2008 buy generic acomplia - generic acomplia rimonabant http://www.buydiscountedisotretinoin.net/#generic-acomplia-rimonabant

    ReplyDelete
  46. Hello, sibutramine online - sibutramine for sale http://www.amaryllisgarden.com/#sibutramine-for-sale

    ReplyDelete
  47. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make
    your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to
    your site when you could be giving us something informative
    to read?
    Also visit my web page ... mydominiohot.angelfire.com

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hello, isotretinoin online - isotretinoin cost http://www.wheretobuymedsonline.com/accutane/

    ReplyDelete
  49. Hello, buy generic accutane online - order accutane http://www.josoclasolucio.com/#isotretinoin-for-sale

    ReplyDelete
  50. Hello, ambien online no prescription - buy zolpidem online http://topandhra.com/#buy-zolpidem-online

    ReplyDelete
  51. Link exchange is nothing else however it is simply placing the other person's weblog link on your page at proper place and other person will also do same in favor of you.
    Look at my site ... Blogspot.Com

    ReplyDelete
  52. Hello, buy lipitor no prescription - cheap generic lipitor http://www.costoflipitoronline.net/#cheap-generic-lipitor

    ReplyDelete
  53. Hello, order cytotec - cytotec medication http://www.cytotecforlessonline.net/#cytotec-medication

    ReplyDelete
  54. advitleva cheap quetiapine - cheap generic seroquel http://www.seroqueldiscounts.com/

    ReplyDelete
  55. Leading Causes Of Drug Addiction topamax medication - where to buy topamax http://www.topamaxforless.com/

    ReplyDelete
  56. dalsCleax ciprofloxacin cost - cipro without prescription http://www.ciproonlinerx.com/#cipro-without-prescription

    ReplyDelete
  57. Drug Alcohol Tobacco Teach Teens lasix no prescription needed - buy furosemide without prescription http://www.sunflowerocity.com/, [url=http://www.sunflowerocity.com/]cheap furosemide no prescription [/url]

    ReplyDelete
  58. I'm going to make avoiding wrinkles under the eyes [url=http://ywashst.com]lifecell cream[/url] perform on the skin, you are unable to go back the product if you are not happy with it. lifecell reviews Get vision bag elimination http://lfcream.com is thru meals and products which may have antioxidant properties.

    ReplyDelete