16 Aug2007


So how did we end the meal which started with salty and sweet manchego and homemade jellies, jamon jabugo pate and shrimp remoulade….then progressed to damson plum and port glazed duck or soy and kalamansi jelly roasted chicken and saffron risotto and a 41 year old red wine? With more jewel tones and different textures… First we had a plate with a small slice of Vargas butter cake, paired with a scoop of store-bought Haagen Daz Vanilla ice cream with a generous ladle of homemade mixed berry compote…


The compote was inspired by the berries in the freezer. A quick look yielded frozen blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries that I put in small pot, added sugar and some fruit liquer and placed over medium heat until blended and voila…


The easiest and incredibly yummy sauce for ice cream, cakes, whatever. This would go great in a sundae, or with some sliced fresh fruit or with cake and ice cream as served up top…


Finally, if that wasn’t enough to eat, you could also have a slice of this visually stunning frozen mango torte which another friend sent over as a birthday present for Mrs. MM. This cake, from “Sweet Bella” was just incredibly beautiful to look at and a nice fruity way to end the meal with a strong cup of tea or coffee… But wait, you must have room for a single little sliver of wickedly dark chocolate…we did.



  1. tings says:

    OMG! Inggit ako! Where did you get the frozen berries from, if you don’t mind me asking. I didn’t know you can buy frozen berries here! The photos look stunning, MM.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 11:46 am


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  3. Marketman says:

    tings, I made my own frozen strawberries when they were in season months ago, from baguio. The frozen blacberries and respberries were from Santis Delicatessen, the frozen blueberries from S&R. They can be a bit pricey but they go a long way. This sauce was made from leftovers and just a cup or so of each fruit meant a sauce for say 12 plates of dessert… so a little goes a long way. I particularly like raspberry sauces paired with pears or mangoes…

    Aug 16, 2007 | 11:55 am

  4. Maria Clara says:

    Sounds like an evening of fun with never ending story,food, wine and desserts and Cinderella stuck with her prince charming in the castle with her glass slippers and the Kid! Happy Birthday again Mrs. MM.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 11:59 am

  5. Dee Bee says:

    What a beautiful dinner…prepared from the heart…good food and good company, what more can one ask for?
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 1:33 pm

  6. kitkathie says:

    Belated Happy Birthday Mrs. MM! =)
    Sir MM, love the mango torte, where can we buy “sweet bella”? (my sweet tooth can’t stand to have one bite!)and I got curious with your wickedly dark chocolate? hmmm…. gonna be back to check it out!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 3:18 pm

  7. CecileJ says:

    Happy birthday, Mrs. MM! You are one lucky lady as I am sure MM is one lucky dude and the Kid is one lucky princess! Wish you all the best! And don’t let any inggitero spoil the special “ruby” day with baseless and totally inutile comments!!!

    BTW, that is one beautiful cake!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 4:10 pm

  8. Cumin says:

    What a carefully designed and beautifully executed meal! Congratulations, MM, and happy birthday, Mrs MM. As a ruby plus woman myself, I can assure you that the best is yet to come.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 4:22 pm

  9. millet says:

    happy birthday, mrs. MM! i agree, the birthday dinner was simple, but elegant and very well-executed!

    meanwhile, i have tried to resist replying to aridelros, but since i’m known to give in to temptation every now and then, here’s to aridelros : “expelliarmus!”

    Aug 16, 2007 | 4:45 pm

  10. mila says:

    I think that mango torte is the bigger version of the one available at Pink Kitchen. Katrina got one to try and had to hack into the piece that was rock hard.

    Am having vargas butter cake right now, what serendipity of sorts. No berries compote though.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 5:09 pm

  11. bernadette says:

    Wow! So that was IT! Perfect birthday banquet! I always look forward to those compote on ice creams. The best things in life!—Love and celebration! Cheers!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 5:33 pm

  12. Rowi says:

    What a simple and satisfying way to end a great and stunningly organised birthday dinner! Right up my alley! I love berries of all sorts! I’m into wild berry hunting this time as the mushrooms are nowhere to be found the past couple of weeks.

    Btw, what’s a Vargas butter cake?

    If the wine turned out to be vinegar, it would have made a wonderful tasting vinegar perfect for salad dressings. My husband opened a 40+ old Rotschild not too long ago which unfortunately turned vinegary as the cork had leaked in air and the wine oxidised through the years. Now we have a well-aged red wine vinager, perfect for vinagrette.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 8:59 pm

  13. suzette says:

    wow the mango charlotte! a perfect happy ending to mrs mm’s birthday dinner :)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 9:59 pm

  14. The Steak Lady says:

    What a beautiful birthday dinner you prepared, MM. Made more special because it was obviously done with love. Happy birthday Mrs. MM! =)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 11:43 pm

  15. ykmd says:

    Happy birthday Mrs. MM! That was such a special dinner! Cheers!

    Aug 17, 2007 | 12:26 am

  16. Apicio says:

    I don’t know how I almost missed alridelros’s ultimate comment and only got wind of it on reading Millet’s finally giving in to temptation and responding, but what is expelliarmus Millet? I thought get lost is “agas animam.”

    Aug 17, 2007 | 1:06 am

  17. MegaMom says:

    Wow, so much has happened since I last checked out the site. The perils of blogging and free speech – you never know what lunatics will say next, and worse, they feel entitled! That behind all of us, we can move on and celebrate the good things in life. Happy Birthday Mrs MM! You are one lucky gal! It must have been a loooooong dinner, with all that good food and good company.

    Aug 17, 2007 | 2:06 am

  18. mila says:

    Apicio, expelliarmus is a term used in Harry Potter books to disarm one’s enemy.

    Aug 17, 2007 | 7:26 am

  19. Marketman says:

    Apicio, hahaha, you must be the only other person I know who hasn’t read (apparently)The Harry Potter series of books. The Kid is mortified that Marketman has NOT read any of them. But I did accompany her to several of the movies, hence I was aware of expelliarmus…. Megamom, ah, the things that can transpire in a few short hours or days on a blog… Rowi, the Vargas butter cake is a Forbes Park institution, soft pillowy and very buttery tasting. I did a post on them before, it’s in the archives. Kitkathie, I will look up contact details for Sweet Bella and add them here when I find them. As for the dark chocolate a 70% cacao or greater la maison du chocolat or valrhona to end a meal is always appropriate… :)

    Aug 17, 2007 | 7:40 am

  20. mila says:

    Apicio, “Expelliarmus” refers to a Harry Potter spell used to disarm opponents.

    Aug 17, 2007 | 9:20 am

  21. ykmd says:

    Hmmm, maybe he was confunded and didn’t really realize what he was writing! Harhar! sorry, couldn’t resist that after reading Millet’s comment…Or maybe he’s really a dementor, sucking hope and happiness out of people’s lives…:)

    Aug 17, 2007 | 11:05 am

  22. dang g. aquino says:

    Yesterday I posted some comments but I wonder why it didn’t appear in your site.

    Just the same, I’m still very impressed with all your works.

    Wonder why we can only see your gorgeous hat and covering your mysterious face in one of the magazine I read.

    Aug 17, 2007 | 12:33 pm

  23. Apicio says:

    I see said the blind man. Age and inclination has kept Harry Potter under my radar though partial to Brit Lit. my taste is more towards the Drabble sisters, Margaret and A. S. Byatt. Thanks to MM, Mila and Mila for explaining.

    Aug 18, 2007 | 7:20 am

  24. dhayL says:

    What a way to to celebrate Mrs.MM’s birthday- excellent food, great wine, lots and lots of conversation between friends and family and yummy dessert to finish off the evening! This is my kind of celebration!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:45 am


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