Now as we had such a heavy and filling lunch on my birthday, it scuppered my wife’s plans to cook a birthday dinner feast. Hence she had to change her plans and cook the food over two nights instead. I was not complaining as it meant I could enjoy special food cooked by my wife over two nights.
Now as we were fairly full, my wife cooked a slightly lighter dinner for us the first night. There were still noodles to symbolise long life.
There were king prawns and squid cooked in two different ways.
Now the cake she baked took a fair amount of effort, and was not entirely successful – but it tasted nice nonetheless. She had been given the recipe by her good friend, although the amount she had made was probably beyond what our equipment could cope with; next time we will try with half the amount of ingredients she used.
To accompany the meal, we had a nice bottle of 15 year old vintage champagne from Laurent Perrier – nutty with honey, but still plenty of fizz. Lovely.
For the second night’s dinner, my wife had bought some of my favourite seafood. These my wife had bought from the fishmongers in Botley, Oxford, and hence was very fresh. The raw oysters tasted great with a squeeze of lime; my wife has it with some chopped onion and garlic and a squeeze of lime.
My daughters both love the spring rolls, and my oldest also likes vegetable samosas. Hence this had to be on the menu.
My wife bought lovely queen scallops for me – pan-fried with a little oil or butter, seasoned with a little salt and it was delicious. Definitely appreciated that.
To finish the meal, she had cooked noodles served with Canadian lobsters.
Thus ends my birthday celebrations for this year. Great food. Really enjoyed it.