After the initial shock and excitement of realising this was her party, Jeanrie's sister dressed her in a veil, a "bridal" tee-shirt, a voille tutu, oven gloves and slippers!
Jeanrie with a personal file of "Mom's recipes"
I always cover gifts in plain brown paper, then I glue Scriptures and edifying proverbs, which I created on the computer, onto the parcel. Locally it has become my trademark and my gift is recognised immediately!
The gifts that are given at this event are not large like wedding presents; rather they are useful items for her kitchen, hence the name of the party. She received all manner of beautiful kitchen utensils, mixing bowls, oven dishes, a glossy recipe book by a well-known South African gourmet chef, a beautiful salad server as well as a variety of dishcloths and clothes pegs, pot scourers and sponges. She is a beautician by trade, so she said her housekeeper will be pleased to have the latter items!
Later the hostess served a delicious chicken salad and homemade bread with fruit salad to follow. Coffee, tea and cheesecake rounded off the meal. I was touched and most grateful that she made me a “meat-free” salad which was absolutely delicious. It contained the normal salad vegetables: lettuce, cucumber, green pepper, spring onion, and WHOLE cherry tomatoes, with a generous serving of chickpeas and feta cheese. This was topped with thin slivers of avocado pear.
(I enjoyed it so much that I made my own on Sunday (see below) to accompany my Mozarella, Aubergine and Tomato Stack which recipe you can find here.)