No-bake Birthday Pizza

I apologise for nothing.

If you haven’t got time to do a proper cake, or just fancy a slice of nonsense, try this simple idea instead – a no-bake Birthday pizza.

I used:
One fresh plain pizza base
One tube of blue icing
Smarties
Silver decorative pearls/dragees
Caramel crunch pieces
Chocolate-orange cake decorations

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No cooking or much prepping required – kneaded the icing tube before appying as instructed, spread on the base then added the ingredients, which can be varied according to taste.

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Doesn’t need to be overly neat.

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Done, and ready to eat. Perfect if you like injecting a silly sense of humour into everything, allowing for more time for drink, erm, celebrating. Ahem.

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Hunters Chicken Lasagna in Jack Daniel’s Honey Barbecue Sauce

Happy Birthday ‘Jack’ Daniel (part 2)

I thought it was about time I tried something else savoury, and being a big fan of both Lasagna and Hunters Chicken, I thought I’d try combining the two, with the added twist of using Jack Daniel’s Honey Barbecue glaze, in honour of Jasper Newton Daniel’s recent September Birthday.

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I’ll admit now, the first attempt was a complete failure – this was the second attempt!

I used:
Lasagna pasta sheets (I used five, including one at the bottom)
Smoked Back Bacon rashers
Around 230g of cooked Chicken
Jack Daniel’s Honey Barbecue glaze
Grated Cheddar cheese

I pre-cooked the pasta sheets, and fried the bacon lightly first.

I then layered the ingredients in a baking tin, coating each layer with barbecue sauce.

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When ready, I added a generous heaping of grated/sliced cheese on top, then placed in the middle of the oven.

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I set the oven to gas mark 4, as the ingredients were already pre-cooked, and monitored every couple of minutes until I was satisfied that the cheese had melted to cover, with just the right colour.

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Given that the first attempt hadn’t worked, I was quite relieved to find that this one was great, and my family enjoyed it too – I’m already getting requests to make another.

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A (slightly belated) Happy Birthday to Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel!

Jack Daniel’s & Cola Jelly Float

Happy Birthday Jasper ‘Jack’ Daniel

What’s a Birthday celebration without jelly and ice cream? Well, for JD’s Birthday this year, I thought I’d create a suitably grown-up version, having recently found out that I can now purchase jelly powder locally – a Jack Daniel’s & Cola Jelly Float, of sorts.

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Using one sachet and the measurements specified, I was able to create three jellies.

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Allowing time to set (I’d recommend overnight at the very least), here’s how it turned out – great! I was happy with the result.

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Happy Birthday Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel, and thanks – long may you continue to be invited to all celebrations. Cheers!