This is not another post about food.
But let me tell you all about it cause I know you want to hear.
As you know, Friday was a pretty tough day for la Familia Burt as we had to say Good Bye to Candy.
My brother had flown down from Madrid that morning to say his farewell, so it was a full house.
Later on Friday evening we were all gathered in the lounge. It was the first time the family had been together since Easter, and even then, I'd been ill in bed the whole week.
This was nice. But bittersweet.
All the family back together in one place, arguing as per usual about where to go for dinner to give Candy a little send off.
My (winning) argument was: "you really can't beat a good Chinese on a Friday night"
Luckily we have the best Chinese restaurant just a stone-throw away from our house.
It's run by Chang and his wife. She cooks and he is the front man - always has a smile on his face, always laughing. I don't think we really understand each other half the time but we love him.
Very simple, but very delicious.
Yes, we have had our Christmas dinners in Chang's but only because we are all usually working at my parents restaurant, and after serving Christmas dinners all day one gets quite sick of seeing them, let alone eating one. So we usually head to Chang's after work and have our actual Christmas dinner on Boxing Day.
Yeah, we like to do things a little different around here.
Normal is boring.
Spring rolls drizzled in soy sauce and sweet and sour.
Peking duck in all its wonderful wonderful glory
Chang's brother served it up for us with steamed pancakes
Roll it all up
Mamma B agrees
Probably the most bizarre dinner entertainment I've ever had.
We couldn't quite work out it if it was a man singing or if it was a woman with a really deep voice.
Let's ask my brother what he thought about it
Turns out it was a woman with a really deep voice and the judges loved it too.
Anyways, lets get back to food no?
You can't have a Chinese without rice. Special fried rice please.
You also need noodles
Chicken with bamboo shoots
Forks and spoons flying everywhere.
Savouring a little bit of everything.
Then, we had coffee and ice cream for dessert
We carried on laughing and joking and chatting way in to the night. Enjoying each other's company as well as enjoying some new company.
I think the family like him, even Daddy.
It was so nice having this friendly giant back too
He kept trying to convince me to become a "Vlogger", a video blogger, so that I become a YouTube sensation - but I really don't think people are going to want to watch videos about little old me!
I'm not even funny!
Mummy is though, just look at her! She oozes funniness
Then classic Chang whipped out the shots.
Shots in naughty shot glasses.
Very naughty shot glasses.
They look rather normal when empty
We all walked home maybe in not so straight lines, but I feel happy we gave Candy a good little send off. It was just perfect: simple, with the family, close to home and with Chinese food.