Hi everyone! Thank you for all the birthday wishes on Twitter yesterday – reading them all brought a big smile to my face and added to the already great day I was having!
For breakfast I made myself a stack of my banana oatmeal pancakes, except I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour + 2 tbsp oats instead of 1/3 cup oats. I served them stacked with sliced banana, homemade soy nut butter syrup, and sprinkles!
Afterwards Hayley, Gus, mom and I went for a hike at Hilton Falls in Milton. We thought we were going to have to turn back when it started to rain, but luckily it only lasted 5 minutes and then the sunshine came out again! Partway through we stopped to have a picnic lunch. We packed a feast!
There was a Tuscan bean salad, grapes, olives, cheeses (bocconcini, goat, brie, Swiss and cheddar), oven roasted turkey, prosciutto, fresh multigrain bread, baby carrots, and sliced apples. We tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to food!
After we got home I spent some time gardening – I’m planting some veggies! – before getting ready to go out to dinner. I chose Spencer’s at the Waterfront because I was really impressed with my meal there last summer and I love that they use ingredients from local farms!
We started out with some bread and a bottle of Clos du Bois cabernet sauvignon. I’m not a wine expert, so I let my mom choose the wine, but I really liked it.
We expected out appetizers to come out next, but instead we were served an amuse bouche of gnocchi with morel mushrooms, quail egg, pearl onion, and beef au jus. This was sent out compliments of a family friend who works in the kitchen at Spencer’s at the Waterfront. Thanks so much Sara – we all really enjoyed it!
For my appetizer I ordered the Victory Farms organic greens with fresh and pickled radish, rhubarb, and Bleu d’Elizabeth cheese. It was a different combination of ingredients, but they all worked really well in a salad together. I want to recreate this at home!
My entree was the seared Lake Huron pickerel in a butter sauce with black risotto and octopus. Everything about this dish impressed me. The pickerel was perfectly cooked and tasted amazing in the butter sauce, and I loved the risotto. At first I was a bit freaked out by the mini octopi because I’d never eaten them with the whole tentacles before, but they were so crispy and delicious!
I was beyond stuffed after this course and so was everyone else, so we all decided to forgo dessert. But the staff brought me out a raspberry sorbet for my birthday anyways. It was a nice surprise! Somehow I managed to find room for half of this.
Overall it was the perfect birthday! Low key, full of good food, and in the company of my family – just the way I like it!
How did you spend your last birthday?
Where would you choose to go for your birthday dinner?