I'm on a roll - twice in one day! Well, there's been a lot of food today...
The first day of Lent is not a good day to have a birthday when you have given up chocolate! I was greeted by my brood first thing, each presenting me with a box of choccies - will have to get K to hide them very well and NOT tell me where they are. Then this morning it was my mum's group and one of the mums made me a beautiful cake, so unexpected it made me cry:
We decided to save the cake so that I could show the family at dinner time, and so we dined on lemon cheesecake. In the afternoon, a lady from our church called round with some sekihan she had made for me. Sekihan is a special rice dish, eaten at times of celebration. It's made with mochi rice (glutinous) and adzuki beans, and sometimes golden chestnuts:
We ate the sekihan with our Yoshikei dinner, which today consisted of Beef Stroganoff served with an egg salad and vegetable soup:
Again, the men of the family enjoyed every last bit (M is on a bit of a hunger strike at the moment, little madam) leaving just enough room to polish of the entire cake - yum!
Back on the diet tomorrow...
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