Birthday 2014

Last friday (the 28th of November) was my birthday. I wanted to celebrate at the stroke of midnight, but a fire broke out down the street, so that took my attention first. After that was over though, I went back inside and had a nice Polish beer, that I had brought back from Krakow, with my parents. I tried to sleep after that, but it took a long time for the smell of smoke to dissipate, so I fell asleep late.

Fire

Fire broke out in a house down the street.

Polish beer, Pszeniczne

A bottle of beer I brought from Poland.

Polish Beer, Pszeniczne

The emptied beer bottle with the glasses.

 

Sadly I had to focus on schoolwork all day, so I couldn’t do much in the way of celebrating then, but I had invited some of my friends over the next day. To prepare I spent Friday night to prepare dumpling filling. The next day, when all my friends had arrived, we immediately started cooking. We first filled the dumpling skins after which I dumped them in a pan of boiling water. One of them started cooking the rest of the meal then, because she’s a much better cook than the rest of us. She made stir-fried potato slices, eggplant with tomato and zucchini with bell pepper. I had a lot of fun hanging out with them in the kitchen and eating with them. Afterwards we played a game of Uno, before they had to go back home again.

dumplings

Uncooked dumplings.

dumplings, potato, zucchini, eggplant

The food we ate at my party. From the top going clock-wise: dumplings, stir-fried potato slices, zucchini with bell pepper and eggplant with tomato.

Birthday Present, Horse, Chinese Zodiac, Orchid, Bamboo, Plum Blossom, Chrysanthemum, Beijing Opera

Chinese style bookmarks and a small skewer one of my friends gave me. From left to right they’re a horse (my Chinese zodiac sign), an orchid, bamboo, plum blossom, a chrysanthemum and the skewer with a Beijing opera mask on top.

Vegemite, Gift

Vegemite my Australian friend sent me.

 

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