The Last Birthday

Last night was my Mom’s birthday.  It’s the last family birthday of the year, so we can all chill out on the celebrations for a few months.  Phew.

My nephews think that she’s “fifty eighty three years old”.  Yup, 5,083 years old.

I have to say, she looks remarkably good for her age! 😉

In celebration, my family made a FEAST.

These were the leftovers that I partook in for lunch today.  I didn’t actually take many pictures of the actual dinner.  Just this one:

and this one:

Yeeaah, here’s the thing.  When you’ve got two crazy nephews running around like a couple of hooligans and 5 adults trying to wrangle them all while making dinner, things get a little chaotic and pictures were the last thing I was thinking about.  I don’t know how Mama Pea does it.

Needless to say, I didn’t just forget to take pictures of my beautiful Thai Chicken Salad Pizza, I also forgot MY CAMERA at my parents’ house when I left.  The horror.

The above pictures are of the un-Thai’ed pizza and the eggplant parmesan.  The recipe I used for the pizza was inspired by Rachael Ray (recipe here) but I “kicked it up a notch”.  Was that an Emeril reference?  Gee, I watch too much Food Network.

For the pizza, roll out pizza dough (I used one that was store bought to simplify the process- making one from scratch at this party would have been unwise, trust me) and spread with a thin, even layer of duck sauce or sweet and sour sauce, which is what I used.

Then top with shredded mozzarella, monterey jack or provolone (or all three, we don’t judge here) and julienned strips of red bell pepper.  Bake on top rack of oven at 425° for about 12-15 minutes until the cheese gets bubbly and starts to brown.

After that, I made a sort of salad/slaw to top the pizza with.  It’s similar to Rachael’s but I beefed it up.  I julienned 1/2 a seedless cucumber, 1/2 bag of packaged coleslaw mix (the kind with cabbage and carrot), a little bit of diced bell pepper and some chopped scallions.  I tossed the mix with a combo of 2 parts white wine vinegar and 1 part honey, seasoned with salt and pepper.

The original recipe called for peanuts and peanut butter, but since my nephews have nut allergies, I modified the recipe.  The chicken that I came up with (totally by accident because I went a whole different direction) was AMAZING.

I’m not giving you the recipe yet because I’m still toying with it and have big ideas for some variations, but just use any grilled chicken recipe you like.

Top the baked pizza with a heap of the slaw and some strips the chicken and that’s what you get!  So good.

Yeah, that’s the un-topped pizza again.  I ran out of the salad-slaw for the leftovers.  I rule.

We also had eggplant parmesan, garlic bread and salad, followed by angel’s food cake with strawberries.

Nope, my family doesn’t like to eat at all.

Happy belated birthday, Mom!

4 thoughts on “The Last Birthday

  1. LOVE angel food cake. Best dessert ever. I once ate an entire bundt pan. No joke. I wish I could say it made me sick, but really – it just made me extremely happy.

  2. Wow everything looks great! Happy late b-day to your mom. Like 90% of our family b-days are in August so it is always a bit of a relief after the last one. For our wallets and our tummies, haha.

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