It is very rare that one gets to see the Diamond Anniversary of a couple and I had the opportunity to capture the same on video last week.
Had a lunch party for the couple (my in laws) on our terrace and invited some close friends who were in town. Even though the guest list was not a small one(29), we decided to cook all the food at home (including baking the birthday cake)
The menu for the lunch was Kerala Chicken curry, Cabbage thoran, Pineapple pachadi, Sambhar, Pork roast and fish curry.
All enjoyed the Appam and there were hardly any takers for rice.
The moluku idichu varatha pappadam was a novelty for many and they wanted to know how it was made.
All were tickled by the “Yesterday’s fish curry” and one even jokingly commented “don’t tell me you are giving us leftovers”
I had to finally show them the recipe book in which it was named as “Yesterday’s fish curry”
As the recipe says these fish curries taste better the next day and is served a day after it is cooked. Good that we made two chattis of fish curry as it needed constant replenishing. (chatti is the earthen pot in which it is cooked and served)
For desert we had parippu payasam, another sweet delicacy from Kerala.
The cake (Dulche De Leche Pound Cake) got over within no time as some went in for a second helping. We could not get the flaked almonds in any of the nearby stores, so soaked some almonds overnight and sliced them fine to garnish the cake.
The highlight was the couple cutting the cake and feeding each other
You can see how they looked 60 years ago in the attached video.