Happy 40th birthday to the wonderful Noel Fielding!
I know, he looks nowhere near 40!
Noel Fielding has always been one of my idols. The first time I saw The Mighty Boosh it was because I was falling asleep on the couch and Two Pints of Lager had just finished. The first episode I saw was Nannageddon and I was immediately in love with the Boosh. I saw the live show twice and even dressed up as Old Gregg!
Happy birthday Noel Fielding and thank you for all the inspiration over the years!
(I had to include the Ghost of a Flea birthday song from Luxury Comedy!)
Me and Noel in 2011
On Sunday we celebrated the birthday of my younger brother Daniel who has grown from this:
L-R Daniel (little bro), David (big bro) and Me
Watching the Foo Fighters at Reading 2012
We had a small party at home with my mum’s famous buffet. Unfortunately for me there’s usually not much variety on buffet tables for somebody who is gluten free, vegan and on a wholefoods diet. I decided to put some effort in this time and had a bit of a feast like everybody else!
For some reason I had a craving for a beany/tomato dish and this is what I came up with. I followed no recipe for this and didn’t note down what I did either (sorry!). It consisted of a tin of red kidney beans, one of chickpeas, one of butter beans and two of chopped tomatoes. I also added babycorn, onion and green beans. For a bit of spice I added chilli and coriander. This was nice cold (good for dipping nachos in!) but also good heated up the next day over a jacket potato.
A savoury meaty tasting dish came next. I roasted a whole packet of button mushrooms with a chopped aubergine and some walnuts. This was perfection. I used tamari to give it a deeper flavour and then sprinkled with chives before serving.
Standard vegan fare… a platter of chopped carrots, green and red peppers, courgettes and cherry tomatoes with two types of hummus for dipping (Pea and Mint / Plain).
More standard vegan fare… salad. However I added roasted vegetables (courgette, pepper, red onion) and sweetcorn to this to make it a little bit different.
My feast plate!
A good time was had by all. I’ll leave you with a photo of a chocoholic (but not in any way vegan) birthday cake.
Happy Birthday Daniel!