Happy birthday to the best husband in the world

We’re home. Somewhat against the odds, Rose and I survived the trip back from Paris, with many a helpful gentleman assisting me to transport a bag, a baby, a suitcase, a pram and a travel cot on and off one train and two U-Bahns (each helper was visibly shocked by the weight of the suitcase). First order of business? Plan a birthday party for husband number one.

It seemed appropriate for the party to have a French theme, inspired by the culinary discoveries made in Paris (more anon). According to Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a typical French menu includes hors d’oeuvres, soup, main course, a salad, cheese and dessert. The bar was high, but for the best husband in the world, I would try. I decided on Camembert Cheese Biscuits for hors d’oeuvres, Vichyssoise for the soup, Fricassee de Poulet A L’Ancienne for main course, Salade Nicoise, three (very strong) cheeses I brought home all the way from Paris, and Creme Brulee (of course) for dessert.  I even found a proper baguette in Neukauf!

Julia Child’s advice to would-be French cooks is “A pot saver is a self-hampering cook. Use all the pans, bowls and equipment you need…” I produced three full dishwasher loads. After six hours of careful labour in our tiny kitchen, the three of us congregated in the living room with Rose and I in party dresses and Edith Piaf playing in the background. All six courses were a hit, with Vichyssoise the unexpected favourite. When asked “How does it feel to be 27?” Tony replied, “I’m 27? Oh no, I thought I was 26!”

Sorry baby, happy birthday.

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4 Responses to “Happy birthday to the best husband in the world”


  1. 1 Annaleise June 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    That menu sounds incredible, Ally! Actually the trip back sounds incredible too! (so much stuff/so few free hands!) I was interested to read Julia Child’s advice about pot savers, seems very true. And I thought it was very funny the way you threw yourself into adopting the sentiment (3 dishwashers full). That sounds like quite the banquet! And Im glad Tony enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks for posting again. Im always keen to hear how you’re all going 🙂

  2. 2 lesley June 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    26 sounds fine to me – then I could stay at 59? Yes! So good to hear that all your hard work produced a delicious and enjoyable meal – God bless – lots of love

  3. 3 Carol Jesson June 7, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Happy Birthday Tony – the Birthday Meal sounds scrumptious!
    Oh for a few days in Paris!!!!

  4. 4 Liz Boone June 8, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Sounds very yummy Ally. Well done. Happy Birthday to Tony…


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