I forgot to buy cake candles. Rummaging in the depths of my baking cupboard I unearthed a motley collection of old candles. Crossing my fingers I counted them. Fifteen exactly. Lucky I had a boy with a fifteenth birthday to celebrate.
Tom requested a minty chocolate cake and Chinese food for his birthday dinner.
I bought a duck and flung it in the oven for five hours. Then I shredded it, heated some Chinese pancakes in the microwave, chopped a few spring onions and some cucumber and opened a jar of hoisin. Thank you Nigella (Nigella Express page 112).
I also made prawn toasts using this recipe. It was really easy but I skipped the deep frying and fried them in a frying pan in about half an inch of oil. They browned rather quickly but were incredibly good.
To complete the oriental theme Tom received a box of goodies from Japan Centre.
He now has an msg induced headache.