It was just my birthday weekend! I had originally planned to spend Sunday baking four kinds of delicious little cupcakes and plaster my blog with tasty photos, but my social life trumped my kitchen activities for once, and I ran out of time. This is not to say, however, that I won’t be baking four kinds of delicious little cupcakes for myself — all in time, my friends. I did eat a lot of cake and enjoyed a lot of lovely meals to celebrate my 30th year over the weekend. But after eating out in London four days in a row, I was so happy to come home on Monday (my actual birthday) to enjoy a simple delicious meal prepared for me.

pan fried cod with mash and cheese sauce

Taking inspiration from his dinner at the Electric in Notting Hill, Jonny pan fried some cod and served it over creamy mash with a rich and smooth cheese sauce. Drool. I dubbed it upside-down fish pie because it reminded me of the fish pie that I like to make (recipe soon, promise). I’m posting Jonny’s creation here because in keeping with the rules of my blog, the fancy meal for two cost under £5 — 350g cod for £2.50; 2 potatoes for 40p; 200g broccoli for 30p; 175g green beans for £1; cheese for 60p.

We followed dinner with a night at the cinema: Alice in Wonderland in 3D. Very fun to watch and the perfect inspiration to make cakes! I can’t wait to bake.