The traffic along the North South Highway was not too congested considering that it was the weekend of the Deepa-Raya celebrations. We arrived in good time and found the family deep in preparation for a children's party. No special occasion, just because.
The house was, as usual, quite messy and very noisy ( a fourth dog has temporarily joined the household) but the tables were set with nice linens, the balloons blown, glasses polished, and a colourful buffet spread prepared by third sister, aunt L and the domestics. There was a little panic when third sister asked second sister where was the cupcakes, what cupcakes asked second sis, you know the cupcakes you said you will bring for the party, no, said second sis, I said I can give you the recipe..... no problem, second sister whipped some cupcakes up in a jiffy and we set about decorating them with icing and colourful sprinkles.
The children had a blast. Mostly three and four year olds, they were happy playing with plastic cars and pommelling each other with balloons.
In between, we ate mincepies, cupcakes, croquettes, pizza and (this are for the adults really) seafood canapes.
The mini nasi lemak packets were a bit hit. Bite sized portions of rice with quail eggs, peanuts, ikan bilis and a killer sambal. Later in the night, I was hungry for some and rummaged around but couldn't find the leftovers.
The carrot cakes were a bit harder than usual, think third sister added too much of something. Sister-in-law spent almost an hour carefully making them colourful sandwiches. Foods washed down with some sauvignon blanc and fresh watermelon juice.
Mummy made a big pot of pig stomach soup too. The stock base was made with stacks of pork ribs, and instead of white pepper, she used the more pungent and earthy black pepper, so the resultant concoction was really flavourful. The pig stomach was prewashed by the butcher with plenty of dried tamarind peel and salt, and before cooking, Mummy turned it inside out and rinsed it out twice more with more salt and boiling water, just to completely clean it out and remove any offensive odours.
To finish, there were party packs loaded with more confectionaries and toys- mini trucks for boys and puzzle packs for girls. Something for the kids and adults too.