Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Harry turns 5

Five years and nine months ago, Simon and I were sitting having a very late breakfast in a wee cafe in Blois. "Hey we could ditch the rest of our travel plans and buy a house" I said. "Good idea" said Simon, "and we could have a baby, too". So we did.
Our little baby is 5 today. We are SO proud of him! This afternoon when I asked him what he would like to do, he wanted to go with Sylvie to the toyshop so they could both choose a toy. Sweeeeeet!

Here is what he has asked for for dinner "Pasta, cheese, and broccoli, Mum. No sauce. I mean it, no sauce". Doesn't it look speccie?

And here is his cake, after being decimated by 20 friends, 6 teachers, 2 parents, and one next-door-neighbour at childcare this morning.

Actually this recipe is really useful for large, intended-for-sharing cakes, so I will write it down.
Fran's chocolate cake, with no eggs
Melt together 1/2 c milk, 1 c sugar, 125 g butter, and 1 large tablespoon golden syrup. Cool a little, then add 1 and 1/2 c flour, 2 T cocoa, 1/2 t cinnamon, and 1/2 t mixed spice. Stir in 1 t baking soda dissolved in another 1/2 c milk. Bake 30 min at 180 degrees Celcius.
Double the mixture makes a great big size that's perfect for decorating and sharing. You can use oil and soymilk if you want to make it dairy-free as well as egg-free. That way almost all the kids are able to have some, which is kinda nice.

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  1. Happy Birthday Harry - it seems like only yesterday ... sigh ... must send your mother some money TODAY. Love Aunty Nanna. (bad aunty, very neglectful)

  2. Happy happy Birthday to Harry. Hope you've all had a wonderful day it looks like it's been great!!
    Good luck for school adventures