Birthday treats..

birthday cake (1)

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Mr Saturday Night has had a fair few birthdays.. (shameless theft of one of  Jane Austen’s best lines, right there..)

However, this year’s must be the weirdest one ever – no day out in a favourite spot; no dinner in a posh restaurant; cards and presents at the mercy of the over-stretched postal service; no friends or family popping in for a chat and wee drinkies.. Of course he’s got this in common with virtually everyone who’s had a birthday in the past 7 weeks or so, and truthfully he’s not complaining – we know when we’re lucky..

Summer scenes..

Summer scenes..


This is one of Mr Sat. Night’s own pictures, from Peatlands Park, Co Armagh

Titanic, June 2017 (7)

Our beloved Titanic..


The past few months have changed all our lives – I go shopping once a week; we get deliveries from local businesses, and we’ve been so lucky with the weather – we’ve been able to walk everyday, and have discovered local gems that were overlooked in the days when we travelled to various beauty spots in this lovely country of ours. Sometimes the real gems are at home..

When we were children, our birthdays were marked with presents, a cake, and our favourite dinner, and I’ve always run family birthdays like that too. This year I actually gave himself a choice of what he wanted for his Birthday tea and I thought his choices might be useful for your family Birthday teas as well..

To begin: There’s usually a bottle of fizz hanging about, and today will be no different!

Starter: Chicken Liver Parfait with toasted Sourdough

Chicken liver parfait and crostini (1)


Main: Lizzie’s Chicken with Champ, and whatever veggies I can find..

Lizzies chicken

Dessert: And I have to admit I was surprised at this: Rhubarb Slump – that’s the one with oven-roasted Rhubarb topped with a scone-like mixture – It’s delicious, but not the request I was expecting.. I’m hoping I’ll be able to put the candles into the crust!


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That’s my humble offering for today’s Birthday Boy! For your own ‘lockdown’ event, don’t forget that there are a few great family-favourite cakes and dinners over on Eating for Ireland!

See you soon – and stay safe! :) x


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