Well, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to really do a meal from my Ken Hom book properly, cutting no corners. I can now I live by Chinese supermarkets and can get the proper ingredients at decent prices (rather than Tesco’s). So I decided to cook Peking Shrimp.
Me and my wonderful assistant bought fresh large shrimp from the market, spent ages peeling, removing the digestive cords, cutting them like butterflies, battering each one, and then shallow frying them. The rice was perfect, as was the dipping sauce for the perfectly cooked shrimp, I even did prawn crackers, the plates weren’t to shabby either. We watched Memoirs of a Geisha, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and it tasted great.
Then she started to itch.
Then she went red.
Then a lump appeared on her neck.
Then the ambulance arrived.
She’s fine, the reaction wasn’t severe and she didn’t go into shock, but it’s really scary to see someone go like that in the space of a few minutes. It’d never happened before so I was right to call 999, but we we’re given antihistamines in A&E and were released within and hour and a half. Sorry to say that the normal waiting time was 2-3 hours, those people didn’t like us, some even had bloodied heads in bandages!
I know how to show a girl a good Friday night.