Last night I cooked dinner for a good friend's 40th birthday. Becca, a mutual friend of the birthday boy, was responsible for this table decoration, rustled up at the last minute with the contents of my craft cupboard. I was very impressed, especially with the place settings - stapled ribbon with name labels glued on, made from brown paper. I wish you could see how she artfully arranged a single rose on the plate with his slice of birthday cake (resplendent with candles and sparklers) but I have been banned by the birthday boy from any further distribution of the photographs.
I almost cooked Rachel's coconut rice pudding but due to Jamie Oliver's recipes being very labour intensive, I ran quite a lot behind schedule. The food was very good all the same.