Mr Jules reached the half century this month. Was he happy about it? No, don’t be daft .. he was positively depressed about the whole thing, didn’t want any fuss, he would rather stick pins in his eyes then have a party but I felt I had to mark it in some way ..
We were very lucky in that the sun was out and it was a beautiful day, as we neared the end of the pier we noticed that the rides were closed (it was too early). Oh dear, never mind, those deck chairs look so inviting. We sank down into them and pretended to each other that we were disappointed that the rides weren’t open. “Shame”, “yeah” ..
I could have easily nodded off in the sunshine but noticed that time was marching on and my belly was rumbling. “Lunchtime!!” I said, trying to muster some enthusiasm. On our way off the pier we spotted a photo opportunity. I grabbed a protesting mr Jules and dragged him towards the board whilst simultaneously grabbing an innocent passer by to take the snap:
And after all that drama I was glad to unwind in one of my favourite Brighton restaurants for lunch. Terre a Terre.
To tie in with our seaside themed outing we both had battered halloumi and chips. Actually posh battered halloumi and chips, on the menu it was described as ..Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish. (Soft buttermilk soaked halloumi dipped in chip shop batter, served with vodka-spiked preserved plum tomatoes, bright fresh pea mint hash with pickled quails egg, sea salad tartar and thick chips, finished with lemony Yemeni relish). Absolutely delish. I do my own version at home, slightly less convoluted, I will put the recipe on the blog soon.
And as it was an important birthday I arranged for candles on his majesty’s pudding. But, guess what? He didn’t want dessert 😩 but the staff surprised us with this.. which was very nice ..
I have the book and I’m looking forward to giving sime of the recipes a go, although I doubt very much I can match the presentation of some of these fabulous dishes. I’m a bit more of a rustic chef.
Are you going to be celebrating a big birthday this year? What do you have planned? A nice holiday? A party with all your friends and family? Do you want to do something momentous?
I suggested a leather jacket and Harley Davidson was a present but unfortunately the funds don’t stretch to this now .. I think anyway that Mr Jules is much more low key and contended at home 🏡
Happy birthday celebrations and party planning ..
(With birthday fatigue)