This was lunch for 13!! Quite, quite mad….not even enough chairs and plates…but it is the way I do things and it turns out quite OK in the end!
Starter was Capelletti in Brodo…an Italian Christmas soup made of chicken stock, parmesan cheese, milk and a good slug of, in this case, Marsala (bought in preparation of the saltimbooca alla Romana!) which went down rather well with chicken and ham flavoured mini-ravioli as the centrepiece.
Sainsbury’s (a good British supermarket chain) had whole farmed salmons on sale for absurdly cheap prices. One takes a position on farmed salmon..,..I am not entirely happy with the concept…but it is better by far than depleting wild salmon…and is very tasty.
A few weeks ago I bought a fish kettle…and tried it out today…white wine, lemon grass, bay leaves, onions and anything else I could think of and poached it til it started to boil, and then turned if off and let it cook itself. The end result was moist and tasty ! And quite enough for 9 grown-ups and some foodie squits to boot !
In the meantime…chaos reigned…and the rest of the meal got thrown together as best I could…but in the end it was OK. Roasted new potatoes and chantennay carrots…a good, sweet mix. Broccoli and cauliflower cheese…another good mix, and some tinned Petits Pois with garlic and butter.
Pud was a Bramley apple cake (made by Jimmy…my cooking mate and guest!!) with a rather rubbish store bought vanilla ice cream (nice idea..poor choice!)…and loads of Oyster Bay SavBlanc from New Zealand!
I have no kids of my own…but adore other people’s…my house got trashed (temporarily) and we all had a great time…and it was such a pleasure to feed people (young, younger and old!) who really….. really… love good food and are prepared to put up with the organised chaos of my cooking style!
Previous dinner posts from Peter
- Isle of Wight College - Catering students 'Classic Evening' dinner. - February 7th, 2014
- Halliford Mere Lakes, Shepperton, Surrey - August 13th, 2013
- The greatest burger ever known.....! Dogzbolloxburgers - June 29th, 2013
- Another culinary highlight ... but of a different kind. - May 17th, 2013
- A saturday evening in .... - April 20th, 2013