Jackson’s 21st Birthday Lunch

November 3, 2011

My little brother turned 21 last month. I still believe him to be six years old, wearing his matching pyjama top and bottoms dancing around to Michael Jackson (sorry, Jackson, you know it’s true…)

It would seem that he is now a man. An outrageously funny, generous, loyal, talented man, who is still a complete sweetheart.

Jackson has such a wonderful group of friends and it was so lovely that they could celebrate his birthday with us. I couldn’t be happier that he is surrounded by these lovely people. I will stop gushing about how amazing my brother is but let me just say this, the girl that Jackson will fall for is a lucky girl indeed. Not only is he amazing in his own right, he also has countless skills that I bestowed upon him. I taught him how to Waltz, people. And he knows exactly what to say to a girl when she steps out in an outfit. Ahhh the benefits of growing up with a sister.

Jackson’s birthday was a really wonderful celebration. There was food, table tennis, sunshine (thank goodness), laughter, presents and many many kind words. Some embarrassing words too, naturally.

It was a gorgeous day…


Roasted Almonds.

I was happy to be helping Dad man the spit.


And then it was time…

Beautiful Spit Lamb and Chicken, Pita, Tomato, Rocket, Onion and Tzatziki.

Baklava. A whole lotta Baklava.

And Turkish Delight, which always reminds me of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

There was also a cake, which mum made. I do not have any pictures of that. Perhaps I was distracted by the candles…


And with that, we had leftover spit meat for days…

Happy Birthday, Jackson. I adore you, you know that. Everyone I know knows that. You really are a supremely wonderful person.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Happy Birthday to your little Bro!

    I must say – the party looks perfect! Such a wonderful mix of great friends, food and sunshine!

  • Ben C November 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Happy birthday to Jackson! Severe birthday party jealousy experienced at this end.

  • Blithely Unaware November 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Happy Birthday Jackson!!

    Turkish Delight will ALWAYS remind me of The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe. ALWAYS. I love that book, one of my all time favourites, it's mazing the way my understanding of it has changed as I've grown up. From total childhood fantasy world to the deeply philosphical/biblical world that C S Lewis created.

    That spit looks AMAZING, yum, yum!


  • Hannah November 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    What a great celebration- everyone looks so happy! Totally craving olives right now..and at 9am too! πŸ™‚ x

  • Leah November 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    What a lovely happy post!

    Happy Birthday to your brother, Jackson! πŸ˜€

  • Michelle Chin November 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

    your brother is a split image of your dad!

  • Anh November 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

    happy birthday to your brother!
    What a great party you guys have.

  • Lisa November 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    My little sister turns 30 next year. I was totally ok when I turned 30, but now she and her friends are having parties for the big 3-0 I'm feeling old!

    It is wonderful to see someone who loves their siblings so much. I really feel sorry for people who don't have that great relationship. There is nothing quite like it.

  • Adrian (Food Rehab) November 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Ahh, nothing beats friends and family and meat on a spit! πŸ™‚ The smell would've driven you crazy!

  • Heavenly Ingredients November 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I'm so impressed with the spit! I would not have a clue where to start with that…
    You and your mum are such peas in a pod, so cute!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Happy Birthday to your brother-he is a cutie! And Turkish delight always reminds me of The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe too! πŸ™‚

  • Hannah November 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    ABC! It's easy as 123! Something something Do-Re-Mi! ABC! You and me baby you and me!

    There's nothing wrong with dancing to Michael Jackson (or the Jackson Five) in your pyjamas. Not at six or, ahem, 24. πŸ˜‰

    I love this post, Heidi. I love it because I know the joy of a close-knit family. Because I'm so delighted to see your family. And because I know that David was watching on, smiling and laughing and wanting that baklava too.


    P.S. Would you believe that the post I wrote yesterday and scheduled for the early hours of this coming morning sn rather an ode to my brother too? Oh Heidi. I love us. In fact, one might say I love you and me! You and me! ABC!

    P.P.S. The wedding rant on your twitter sidebar… OOOOPS. πŸ˜›

  • chutneyandspice November 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    how lovely, what a great tribute to your little bro. I've got a little bro who I adore too, so really appreciate your love for him. And those baklavas look delicious!

  • Heidi November 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Lisa – thanks! πŸ˜€

    Ben – hehe thanks πŸ˜‰

    Blithely Unaware – awe you've made me want to crack out the books asap! Aren't they amazing?!

    Hannah – 9am olives, that works πŸ˜‰

    Leah – thanks, lovely πŸ™‚

    Michelle – we've recently noticed that too, haha!

    Anh – thanks πŸ™‚

    Lisa – yes, you're so right xo

    Adrian – oh dear lordy yes it did!

    Laura – haha we so are πŸ˜›

    Lorraine – yay for LWW love!

    Hannah – I love your comment πŸ™‚ twitter rant was so necessary πŸ˜› I love us too, my lady. thanks for your lovely words, as always always xo

    chutneyandspice – how sweet! and yes, they were super delicious πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie November 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    awwww…. you are such a lovely sister!!

    being an only child I can only dream of having a sibling, it's gorgeous to see how close you two are. x

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds November 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Oh, my God, lamb on a spit is THE BEST. What a lovely day!

  • That Brunette One November 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    The food looks amazing! Happy Birthday Jackson!!

  • Heidi November 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Michele – naw, I wish you could have had that too! You have lots of love around you though, that makes me happy πŸ™‚

    Julia – isn't it?! ahhhh my fav πŸ™‚

    That Brunette One – thanks!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef November 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

    What a lovely post, thanks for letting us share your families celebration! Great food for a crowd, and what's the point of a party if you can't live off leftovers for a few days after? πŸ™‚

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) November 7, 2011 at 2:02 am

    What a beautiful party! Happy belated birthday to your little brother (who doesn't look little at all anymore)!

  • Cass @foodmyfriend November 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    What an amazing spread! Love the middle eastern theme πŸ™‚

  • Heidi November 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    InTolerant Chef – haha, right on πŸ˜‰

    Kath – you're right πŸ™‚ thanks!

    Cass – it was super delicious πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo