Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Birthday Bear Rules My Kitchen

For those who don't know, Bill is the chef in our house and he is in charge of the kitchen, cleaning it too, while I am the gardener. I guess that is role reversal. See we are modern old farts.

Bill cooked this spinach pie last week with silver beet from our garden.

It was Bill's birthday yesterday and Ann and George dressed Birthday Bear for Bill. Here is Birthday Bear in Ann's kitchen waiting to be taken to the birthday dinner and surprise Bill. The sign says, "I Rule My Kitchen". I love his table and contents as well as his chef's checked pants.

When we arrived at the Gloria Hotel Restaurant Birthday Bear was there to greet us. I gave Bill the new shirt and pants that he's wearing.

Bill was impressed with his bear.

I had lamb shanks.

Bill had barramundi fish

The Birthday Bear group enjoy having dinners for each of our birthdays. Instead of gifts we pass around Birthday Bear. He has to be dressed to reflect something of the recipients personality.

Birthday Bear has his/her own blog and would love you to visit here.


  1. Happy Birthday, Bill!

    Birthday Bear is one cute chef! Love Bill's new shirt. You all look like you are having a great time. And those lamb shanks! I love lamb. mmmm yum!

  2. Hi ~ Just blopped over from Callie's blog , love the birthday bear idea. I'm blopping over to check-out that blog next.

    Happy Birthday !!

  3. Happy Birthday Bill.(Really nice, smart, clever people are born in February.Ha!) I love the spinach tart. Bill's an amazing cook. My dh is in the kitchen now doing dinner while I sit and blog! Mmm, if I ate meat, my choice would be the fish. Looks divine. You all look like you're having a good time and Birthday Bear is so perfectly portrayed for every person's birthday.

  4. You have such fun. I love the idea of sharing birthdays with a group and birthday bear is very creative.

  5. I'm not sure who parties the most, you and Bill or that Birthday Bear. Congrats to Bill and many wonderful wishes as you both grow olders together with love.

  6. What a nice birthday celebration and again food pictures !
    Mr. G does cooking too, at least when it comes to Italian plates and as we eat a lot of Italian food you can imagine that I am not overworked with cooking. I don't have a green thumb, I just watch that the garden looks nice and clean. Only bushes and grass and some flower pots. That's it.

  7. Happy Birthday Bill.... Glad Birthday Bear was so good to him I love the way all of you celebrate birthdays. With so many in the group, you have alot to share. Dinner looked marvelous!!!

    Love your chef's new shirt!!! Pretty....

    By the way, my hubby is a much better cook than I am. He always cooks our entree and I do the rest. We share the clean up....

    Have a great week.
    Betsy--on the road to Arkansas

  8. MY goodness, Diane.
    Eating lamb shanks in a BrisVegas February amid the steamy, shirt-clinging humidity.
    We save the lamb shanks until Victoria's cool winters. Don't you miss the change of seasons? ... autumn is nearly with us here with the leaves changing colours.
    We're with Bill. Our family members, thankfully, are all into cooking.
    Eldest daughter is a professional chef, and all. Cooking is a special art. Someone once said: the nicest thing you can do for your friends is COOK for them!

    Richard and Judyth

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  10. What a fun group you belong to...and I went to visit Birthday Bear's blog too. He/She has a the best job in the world. Love those silver shoes when she went to college. And the Gardener Birthday Bear was cute too!

  11. Happy birthday Bill! The birthday bear is a cute idea :-)

    Bill's spinach pie looked great. and so did your dinners out!

  12. Thank you for checking on me. I like being able to count on the Neat Police! LOL

  13. that spinach pie and the baramundi look too delish. happy birthday to bill. ;)

  14. I just pop over and this Ozarks farm chick wants to with Bill a very happy belated birthday. It looks like Birthday Bear really know how to throw the perfect birthday bash!
    Fun! Fun! Fun!

    From the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!! :o)

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  16. Birthday Bear is the MOSY flexible, changeable critter ever! And he/she always looks PERFECT! What a great job you all so on this fun tradition - and the food? YUM-OOOH!

  17. Happy birthday!

    The food looks delicious, and the birthday bear looks so cute!

  18. Happy Birthday Bill!

    I love it when Birthday Bear makes an appearance. It looks like a great celebration.

  19. Happy Birthday, Bill! You all look like you are having a great time. Your new shirt looks great.

    I do all the cooking, so you can pass on any recipes you like...


  20. Birthday bear surly looks happy in his role as chef. The silverbeet Waehe looks delicious, and you grew the silverbeet, I am impressed!
    A very happy Birthday to Bill.

  21. YUM! Spinach pie - AND made with your own spinach! (Cheese as well?)