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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Monday, May 21, 2007
Those Sneaky Poles
My birthday celebrations continued apace this weekend with a dinner on Saturday night with one of my very-hard-to-tie-down sons and girlfriend and a Sunday afternoon lunch with all the relations at the Cuckoo restaurant, a veritable Melbourne institution perched high up in the Dandenongs, Melbourne's closest mountains.

Seeing as I was driving, I only had two beers over the course of the afternoon, so when I got home, felt like a celebration drink. A quick perusal of the presents revealed a half litre bottle of Polish vodka, just the thing after a long, hard drive.

As I twisted the screw cap, a familiar tinkle of music could be heard, the damn bottle was playing Happy Birthday to me! Sure enough, under the cap was a small plastic bubble enveloping a tiny electronic player that started when the cap was unscrewed.

Well, I'll drink to that. Maybe that's the whole idea.
  posted at 8:01 am

At 8:43 am, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Well, if only I'd know that was the cake you were referencing - I'd have baked one for you too.
Happy Birthday my friend!
What a great bottle of wine to sing happy day to you!

At 10:23 am, Blogger Ed said...

Sons. Just show them a rope and they start wriggling. I find the best thing is to give them the vodka first and then tie them down. Of course, the real trick is to ensure that social services don't find out although it sounds like he may be too old for that. Happy birthday again. When do the celebrations finish?

At 2:24 pm, Blogger neil said...

So long as you're baking I'll order that crepe cake of yours, that's way past too fabulous.

Hi ed, with his black belt in tae kwon doe, he'd probably turn me into a cat's cradle or something. The celebrations are over two days - when it's my birthday and when it's not. The good part is coming up soon with my wine mates - Haut Brion '86, Hill of Grace '91, Tokay Essence '57 plus a few other bits and bobs. Taxi!

At 3:57 pm, Blogger Pille said...

Happy birthday, Neil! I must find one of those all-singing-vodka-bottles, as they sound like a fun birthday drink:)

At 9:37 am, Blogger Ed said...

Look forward to reading the wine bit - Tokay 57!

At 10:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so I'm assuming that you were referring to your son's girlfriend and not yours! :D

At 11:31 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi pille, it was amazing opening it, I had no idea. It makes a great present.

Hi ed, no problem!

Hi cin, all boringly above board!


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