Today is M.'s birthday. He is officially 2 years old! To celebrate this milestone, we made a cake and ate it with our morning tea. (Yes, I defied conventional parenting rules and fed my child cake before lunch!) We also read poetry together and sang songs. (M. is so obsessed with poetry that it would make any English professor proud.) I have typed his favourite poem below for your enjoyment.
by Christopher Morley
Animal crackers and cocoa to drink,
That is the finest of suppers I think.
When I'm grown up and can do as I please
I think I will always insist upon these.
What do you choose when you're offered a treat
When mother says, "What would you like best to eat?"
Is it waffles and syrup or cinnamon toast?
It's cocoa and animal crackers that I love most.
The kitchen's the cosiest place I know;
The kettle is singing, the stove is aglow.
And there in the twilight, how jolly to see
The cocoa and animals waiting for me.
Daddy and mother dine later with Kate
Mary to cook for them, Susan in wait
But they don't have nearly as much fun as I
Who eat in the kitchen with Nurse standing by
And Daddy once said he would like to be me
Having cocoa and animals once more for tea.
The whole morning reminded me of an old fashioned and slightly eccentric tea party, something along the lines of Alice in Wonderland. Anyhow, M. had a blast and J. slept most of the morning, which left us time to start and finish the tyropitakia. They are now wedged snugly in the freezer and ready for Sunday. See recipe below. (I can't remember where I modified this recipe from...)
500g feta cheese, crumbled
300g ricotta cheese (or 1 cup graviera)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 pkg thin phyllo pastry dough sheets
2/3 cup olive oil (or melted butter)