We just celebrated our daughter’s birthday.I asked her what she would like to eat on her birthday.Her reply would have been ‘McDonald,Chuck-E-Cheese’etc.. all those places which I so love (sarcasm alert) but I added ‘at home’ to the question,since it was already going to be a very long week day for all of us.Her answer was Spaghetti with meatballs in red sauce.
Growing up,cake was not the part of our birthday celebration.Mainly because of its unavailability to us.I didn’t grow up in metroplex of India where you can find cake shops easily.Baking oven is not the part of the regular Indian kitchen.So ‘baking’ is completely out of question.Everything is cooked on stove top.Imagine the whole genre of cooking I was introduced to when I came here.
On birthday morning,my mom would ask us,what we would like to eat?We invited few of our friends and shared meal together.Never had to send the invites to anyone,just asked couple of friends we hung out with on regular basis to come over for sumptuous special meal.Of course things have changed over the time in India and cake is easily available and fairly common and birthday industry is thriving just like here.But I remember my birthday just the way it was in a fondest of way,never cared for cake.
So on my daughter’s birthday,I made meatballs,half in red sauce as she requested and other half Swedish paired with homemade breadsticks completed with cookie pops and cake.I have used this Breadstick recipe couple of times.Mine NEVER comes out tasting or looking like olive garden breadstick but it is still pretty good.I had some simple tweaks to it.
- I used 1 tsp of active dry yeast because I am too lazy to measure 3/4 tsp.Extra fluff doesn’t hurt.
- I topped mine with little pepper and Parmesan cheese after brushing it with butter.
- Most of the time I have baked it right after second rise but on this birthday dinner,I was rushing and my schedules were out of order.I let it rise for 1 hr during second rise,I would have preferred 1 and 1/2 hour.I also had to refrigerate for 4 hrs that I was gone.I set it out for 20 mins before putting in an oven and then brushed it with butter.It still tasted GREAT, had slight chewy bite to it and everyone loved it, grownups and kids alike.