All About His Favorites…Just Because He is Loved

Papa Eats Birthday
Happy Birthday Papa Eats. In his official “uniform” created by Uba Laba Ilonggowear. Cake by JJC Nutri Treats.

The other half of this blog, Mama Cooks. Papa Eats., is celebrating his birthday. From the title of our blog, you know that we are perfect together–I love to cook and he loves to eat (actually we both love to eat, but that is a different story).

So for his birthday, which we celebrated a couple of days early just so his sister is here with us, I came up with a menu that included some of his most “favoritest” dishes. While we are adventurous eaters and we love to eat anything and everything, there are of course things that top his list. I was thinking of Italian peppered with seafood and so this is my menu:

Osso Buco
Cooked four slices of beef shanks for Osso Buco–oohhh so good… falling off the bones.
steamed crabs
Steamed crabs with lots of orange crab fat.

Osso Buco (sans gremolata as the family may not appreciate it anyway)
Paella (I wanted risotto but they didn’t take the trial very well)
Creamy Pesto Chicken
Buttered Shrimps
Steamed Crabs
Frozen Oreo Cheesecake

beefy lasagna
Beefy lasagna in a 10×10 pan.
buttered shrimps
Hubby loves seafood so shrimps are always a staple in my menu–no matter how the others are changed.

I just ordered carrot cake from JJC Nutri Treats here in Bacolod and it was awesome! So delicious and moist and with buttery frosting. For orders, check out their Facebook page,

frozen Oreo cheesecake
I made the frozen Oreo cheesecake a couple of days earlier.

I posted photos of our dinner on Facebook and many friends said that he’s a lucky guy. But I think that it just goes both ways. My husband is a good man, loyal, loving, and kind, and a doting father to our daughters. If there is anyone who deserves to have all his favorites on his birthday, he does. So I woke up early to go to the wet market and buy the fresh ingredients that I needed for the day. I started preparing early and all turned out wonderfully around 6pm that I had plenty of time to take photos of the end-results. While I did have assistants who peeled and sliced most of the vegetables as well as wash the dishes, I prepared and cooked everything. Hubby is so happy and thankful for his birthday dinner and I am pleased that he is.

Happy Birthday, Babe! My lover, my soulmate, my food critic, my food tasting partner, my greatest supporter, my pillar of strength, and of course, my best friend. You deserve all the best. I love you! 😀

seafood paella
My homemade seafood paella, complete with saffron, has always been a hit with my husband and the rest of the family.
pesto chicken
Though it doesn’t look much, hubby has always requested that I cook this for him.

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