Last Saturday evening, we had a quiet celebration for Jen, my buddy’s birthday, just the three of us. I cooked a simple dinner for her. I made pork burger ciabatta, roasted butternut squash and a mixed salad with grilled zuchinni and capsicums. I made a heart-shape pavlova topped with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and kiwi for dessert.
While writing this post, I recalled one of our wonderful moments spent together. It was in Singapore many years ago. About a year after Jen's hubby, Eric passed away, we took her for a holiday there. I remembered we ate caviar and drink champagne. We had such a good time together, lots of fun, food and laughter. While my hubby, Stitch was out for business meeting during the day, the both us went shopping in Orchard Road and spend hours in Borders browsing through books. At that time, we do not have a "Borders" in Kuala Lumpur so it was a treat. One evening, after we returned to the hotel from our shopping spree, Stitch surprised Jen with a lovely birthday gift, a blue sapphire set of earrings with a matching pendant. It put a big smile on her face. It is a nice feeling for us to see her smile again.
Jen and I are very close as sister in laws. We stayed together for eight years before we moved to our own apartments which was next to each other. After our late hubbies passed away, we became even closer since we were in the same boat. There is nothing under the sun that the two of us cannot talk to each other. Of course, we had our differences and get annoyed with each other now and then but we will always straighten things out and move on. I think that is what good friends do, they let us be us and still love us.
A few years ago, Jen and I joined a social dancing class together. We were partners. I learnt the men’s steps while she, the lady’s. We chat and laugh a lot together during the classes. I guess our instructor got curious about us. One day after the class, he asked if we were sisters. Jen cheekily answered him, “No, we are lovers!” OMG!! You should have seen the expression on the face of our instructor. He was dumb founded for a minute with his eyes and mouth wide open!! LOL! Then, Jen and I broke out laughing. Only then he realise it was a just joke and he laughed together with us. That is how crazy the two of us can be when we are together.
I did not take pictures of the meal but I took a picture of the pavlova I made for Jen in place of a birthday cake. We love pavlova, it is a healthy dessert and I love how I can decorate it with all kinds of my favorite fruits! The recipe was posted earlier.
Pictures speak a thousand words: