Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cooking up a storm with Sue

We have friends taking off to Italy soon and so we invited them for dinner to tell us about their plans. Alistair and Tracy joined Sue's brother John and sister in-law Jan, with our son Andrew who takes off to the Nederlands late this year.

Had wonderful night after asking some friends over for dinner. Its been much too long in catching up here as renovations seem to sap my will to entertain for some reason!
We started with gougeres which Leon didn't photograph, but which are among my favourite things.
Then this fresh pea and lettuce soup with a little cream before serving. The froth is from the small amount of sparkling poured in at the end which gives a nice yeasty taste.
Then a couple of chickens cooked in a mix of honey, mustard and garlic on a bed of onion wedges and rosemary. You end up with melting meat and a crispy tasty skin. Noice!
A potato and celeriac gratin. Also a stirfry of carrot sticks, snow peas, green beans, sweet corn and endame.

It was a pot of warm chocolate sauce, mini madeleines, tiny meringues, strawberries, cherries, pretzels and the little pile is an almond praline, which I blitzed to make fairy dust!
The happy campers. And a good time was had by all!


  1. OMG, I think you are ready to open a B & B if you wanted too! I am drooling!

    1. Thanks Nadege, but I hate changing beds!

  2. Looks mighty tasty! If we weren't so far away...

    1. Yeh, yeh, we made the effort to come to lunch at your place! :-)

  3. Good Grief, No wonder you need to ride your bike! It all looks wonderful and well deserved to relax and catch up with friends.
    I know that we wonder why we do not do it more often.
    Perhaps when you are settled in your new life it will become a regular occurrence.
    Terrific menus, thanks for the visual treat.
    Regards Janine

  4. Thanks Janine, I love making up the menus almost as much as I love cooking it all.


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