Since I wasn’t aware of any bakeries on campus I decided to bake something for my birthday. I decided on banana bread since it seemed pretty easy to make. It actually turned out REALLY good. Here’s the recipe I used:
After that I was on a roll and dug up the recipe Ann had given me on how to make artisanal bread. It didn’t turn out that great but not bad for my first try!
Professor He invited us to have dinner at Pure Restaurant at the Island Recreation Center to celebrate my birthday and to bid farewell to Emily, who after 6 months of doing her PhD at KAUST decided it wasn’t really for her.
Pure is a nice place with views of the sunset and the Red Sea. If it weren’t for all the women in abayas I could’ve imagined I was in Boracay or even the Maldives.
Jose surprised me because he had found a bakery on campus with the help of Hei Mei, who seems to know everything about KAUST. They said that it’s called the “Five Seasons”. Sort of a cake but mostly pudding in different flavors. The bowls and metal holder thing we can take home.
Obviously no one wanted my banana bread anymore after seeing this amazing dessert! Everything was so sweet I feared I would develop gestational diabetes from that night alone.
This is the first birthday I had that involved mocktails. Obviously alcohol is not served anywhere in Saudi Arabia. Over all it was a nice night with good food and good company. Thank you Prof. He for picking up the tab 😀