LaPiS 002 – Dessert
Birthdays are always special occasions for our family. Before our children turn one year old, we always celebrate their monthly birthday with a small gathering at home. My wife normally cooks food and we buy a birthday cake to commemorate the event.
When we were back in the Philippines, we would normally order cakes from our favorite pastry shop (i.e. Conti’s and Red Ribbon). We would also order specially made character cakes for the sixth month. My first two children, Luigi and Rafael, enjoyed these moments.
My daughter, Marga, however grew up here in the Mid East, where unfortunately pastry shops are less common. Despite their love for sweets, the Arabs usually buy their desserts in the local grocery but, like most Filipinos, I must say that the sweets they sell do not usually pass my discriminating taste buds (naks!).
On my daughter’s 11 month birthday, my wife decided to make her own birthday cake pie. Since she is not an expert in baking, she decided to just buy the no bake Gello mix from the grocery, which disappointingly tasted like wax! If I were to rate the pie solely on presentation and effort, I would have given it an “A.” Don’t you agree that my wife’s special birthday pie looks absolutely delicious on picture? In my opinion, the luscious strawberry garnish and lighted candle did the trick.