Everyone knows that there are certain sweet meats you have to have on that special day; cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, marshmallows and milkshakes are a must no matter how old or young the lucky person is. But why keep on producing the same old tastes year after year? Mix things up a bit this time round by introducing some tongue twisters along with the old favourites. Here are some suggestions for you to try:
Make a Savoury Surprise
The big star of the evening is of course the birthday cake. While tradition dictates that this be a sweet affair – usually with a lot of chocolate frosting – modern sensibilities might call for a bit of shock value. By all means have the usual cake in readiness to bring out somewhere, but first bring out a cheese cake with minimal sugar; lean more towards savoury than sweet by reducing the amount of sugar used in it as much as possible. For the icing, slap on some spicy and thick cream and use a blowtorch on it to make it hard. Have everyone crowd around and sing the song and then watch their faces as they bite into the cake and get a mouthful of savoury explosions.
Most countries stock the standard ‘cold climate’ fruits like apples and pears. Few countries make way for the tropical fruits like papaws, mangoes and plantains. These fruits add a different colour and taste to the food table than the ones that are usually on offer. So instead of the “all American” apple pie this time round, why not try pineapple tarts? They are very easy to make. All you have to do is caramelize the pineapple in sugar syrup and then place spoonfuls of them in little pastry cups made out of all-purpose flour dough. Make the dough the night before to let it rise, brush the cups with egg once the pineapple is in it and then put it in the oven. If making them is too much of a hassle, order them online or from your nearest bakery.
While this may not be the most popular option, you would be surprised by how many different snacks and drinks can be made that fit the “healthy” bill. There are plenty of recipes online for all kinds of smoothies that not only pack nutritional value but also taste amazing. Any kind of berry (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry etc.) can be combined with bananas to make wonderful shakes; certain tropical fruits like mangoes make excellent juices while cantaloupe and melons make great smoothies. As for the snacks, different kinds of cheeses on unsalted crackers, olives, peanuts and cashews, and veggie sandwiches are also excellent for the body.