Because lil' sis was turning 21, it would be a big seafood birthday bash. Unfortunately, on the day of the event, when I went to the store, there were no crawfish to be found. :( So I bought 8 crabs (Only $14.27!), 5 lbs of shrimp (I only cooked 3 lbs.), and 20 oysters (.49 cents each).
Cousin Q made the chocolate panna cotta.
Lil' sis's best friend made the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies per her request since she didn't want a cake. II + I candles = 21 :P
Happy Birthday lil' sis! Now that you're legal, we can have a drink together! ;)
Last year, I was out of town entertaining Norwegian cousin, so I text messaged her Happy Birthday at midnight.
Lil' sis replied: "Aww thank you!!! I love u more than you'd ever realize."
Sounds sweet right? Except months later when I brought it up, lil' sis had no recollection of sending that message. For that matter, she was already wasted by midnight so she couldn't have sent it. She said it might have been the oldest '87 who replied. What? My cousin loves me more than I'd ever know? But my cousin said she didn't send the message either. So who exactly loves me? :(
We all got a good giggle out of the re-telling.
Since she goes to school several hours away, I make her text message me so I know she drove there safely. Most of the messages used to simply say, "I'm home."
But that evening she text messaged, "I love you more than you'd ever know! Even when it seems like I'm being cranky or mean, I still love you."
So I guess I can forgive her for sleeping the entire day away (She did her real partying the night before.), waking up just in time for dinner.
The total cost for this dinner that fed 10 people was literally half the cost of what we spent at Boiling Crab for 3 people.
So which recipe would you like to see first?
Singlong Black Pepper Sauce from Asian Supermarket 365
Cua Rang Muoi Tieu, Me, Gung, Hanh, Toi (Vietnamese Salt and Pepper Crab with Tamarind, Ginger, Scallions, and Garlic)
Cajun Vietnamese Shrimp Boil
Chinese Steamed Oysters with Black Bean and Scallion Sauce
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 year ago today, revisiting Mission 261 - San Gabriel and Pinkberry - Rancho Cucamonga.