Friday, September 23, 2011

Milly's this Saturday, a lovely snippet from a blogger friend and... Party Food for Boys?


Ciao all, this coming Saturday, 24th September 11.30am-1pm, Arantxa and I will be at Milly's in Parnell for a cupcake decorating demo, for more info please click here and scroll down.

Also I would like to thank Barbara for writing a snippet about Party Food for Girls in the Busy Cook page of the The Poughkeepsie JournalYou can read it here. Thank you Barbara, you are too kind!


And now a bit of a thought: at the book launch some people asked "And what about a party food book for boys?" My publisher asked my son what he thought, but he just shook his head and said: "Not interested."

Hehehe, as a matter of fact it was his 11th birthday on Monday, so Sunday we packed a picnic for the zoo (but it rained, so we went to see the Aqua exhibition at the museum instead) for him and four other boys (plus Arantxa, of course). The king of the party made his orders: a big slab of pizza (just cheese, tomato and oregano), a chocolate cake decorated simply with world flags, and tortilla chips with home made hommus (two kinds, plain and sundried tomatoes). We added some plain cupcakes and fruit, but nothing 'iced', decorated, or flowery! 

Well, it is true that for a picnic you cannot carry lots of ornate food easily, but his tastes are really directed towards 'simplicity' even if we stay at home. I think that the most ornate cake I made for his birthday was a Treasure Island's one when he was 8, for a Pirate Birthday Party (all the kids dressed up drinking fake rum (juice) from goblets and playing pirate games... it was so much fun!) and the rest have always been "make your own pizza" parties, parties with pizza, and picnics with pizza...  And the cake is always a chocolate cake. 

What about the boys in your life, what do they like for their birthday parties? I am curious now :-).





Photo  by Alessandra Zecchini © 

15 comments:

  1. Oh yes, do a party food for boys. My boys love decorated, fancy things though. Last birthday we had an enormous vilcano cake made out of chocolate crackles (revolting). And the time before lots of star wars themed food. My boys are obsessed with star wars Lego.

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  2. My son has wanted a train cake since he was 3. Fortunately I bought a train cake pan and have used it ever since. He's all about pizza, lasagne or roast beef with yorkshire puddings in terms of party food!
    I don't know about other boys, but he's more interested in savoury stuff rather than cakes.

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  3. Il mio una torta semplice con le decorazioni di qualche persoanggio di cartoon...molto Disney comunque...buon we, ciao.

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  4. I'd totally go see you if I live nearby. It sounds like a fun event and you two will have fun! Haha party for boys. You're right - they don't want cute stuff, no flower, no heart, nothing so pretty. As boys get older I guess they care less about such thing. Just good food and friends (and toys) are more important? At least that's my 5yo son is... Pizza with toppings sounds great idea! Thanks for the tip!!

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  5. @ Veggieglobber, I think that my boy would be into the volcano cake (as long as it is chocolate!).

    @ Penny, yep, mine too is more interested in savoury stuff!

    @ Max, no Disney for mine, strange eh!

    @ Nami, yes, friends and fun are the first ingredient!

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  6. Ale, ancora non ho figli ma c'ho un marito che adora i miei dolci, qualsiasi essi siano, ma una festa con tutto home-made è quello che gli piace di più ^^ Una volta gli ho fatto la sacher, con sopra disegnato gli scacchi che ricordassero un pallone (lui all'età di 35 anni ancora non ha appeso scarpe e guanti da portiere al chiodo!!!)
    Poche ore a domani!
    Un abbraccio!
    E.

    p.s.: sembra buona la tua pizza margherita così neozelandese :)

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  7. anche per i miei figli cose semplici, focacce e pizze casalinghe e torta al cioccolato per Lucia, per gli altri alla frutta ma non troppo elaborata :-) un bacione!

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  8. Questo menù piace tanto anche a me! ^__^ basta essere dei veri golosi! :) La vita a Bruxelles è... vita, basta avere accanto le persone che ami e ci si adatta ovunque, con un pò di nostalgia ogni tanto! Il tuo blog è bellissimo, scritto in inglese poi... ancora meglio, un pò di esercizio per me :D

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  9. Oh do I know 11th year old:))my oldest one will be 11 soon, and all he wants is to watch football and have some chips and dip:)) boy will be boys:)
    I wish you make a book for boys..it is so hard to plan party for older kids, I mean over 10:))
    ciao bella, xoxo

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  10. Marco ormai è grande (ne farà 24) e sono passati i tempi della classica torta con le candeline, cuciniamo insieme ,sta diventando bravissimo...L'ultimo compleanno abbiamo preparato dei fugde bianchi e neri ad effetto scacchiera....Un abbraccio e buon weekend Alessandra...

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  11. Un menù azzeccatissimo per i miei gusti. Non ho figli ma se li avessi sceglierei la semplicità come primo ingrediente. Un bacio, buon we

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  12. purtroppo io non ho bambini...ma faccio un'indagine tra le mie amiche!!! ciao

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  13. mio figlio in realtà apprezza le torte decorate, che ho cominciato a fare da pochissimo, e quest'estate si è divertito a fare fiori e altre cose insieme a me e alla sorella,per la di lei torta.

    credo che se gli facessi una torta a forma di porsche, ad esempio, farei di lui un uomo felice.

    però è ancora piccolo.

    e comunque, torta a parte, lui vorrebbe solo... patatine :-)))))

    complimenti per il tuo tour di presentazione del libro: sarete stanchissime!

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  14. Ciao Gaia, stanche si', ma ne abbiamo fino a Natale, quindi forza e coraggio :-)!! Sono contenta che a tuo figlio piaccia fare fiori e decorazioni, il mio un po' di fiori ne fa (preferisce fare animali e altre cose), pero' ha 'inventato' una bellissima stella alpina, dovro' postarla prima o poi.

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