The longest day


Oh wait, that’s not until June.  Anyway, its been pretty long!  I volunteered to help at a pop up/ slow food event at the cookery school this evening, and am just crawling into bed (and typing).

We had yesterday off to make a long weekend, which was great as I got to pop into the “real” job for a while, and also create my dessert for the St Patrick’s day competition.

Lime, white chocolate, and mango mousse
Lime, white chocolate, and mango mousse

I also made a “stout” cake, with Murphy’s this time round, as sure when in Rome and all that.  The decoration didn’t quite get finished, and it looked a little like I had blended a relation of Shreks, but it did taste good.

 

A rather luminous green iced stout cake
A rather luminous green iced stout cake

We laid the tables throughout the afternoon, after cooking in the kitchen this morning.  My corned beef went down a treat, and my Gran would have been proud.

 

Corned beef and cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage

I’m not sure if the vol au vents are really traditional, but they were delicious.

Apple and Sweet Geranium Vol au Vonts
Apple and Sweet Geranium Vol au Vents

The tables were all re-arranged, and looked really beautiful, especially with Pam’s little touches of shamrocks, and coloured water which the candles floated in.

 

The long table, looking out into the fields
The long table, looking out into the fields
Close up of the tables
Close up of the tables

It was especially great to share the day with Nigel and Jordan, I miss my family alot, and am grateful to my new friends I’ve made here who keep me sane (and in coffee).

Getting into the spirit
Getting into the spirit

Credit must go to the guys who worked through the weekend in the kitchen.  And the quality of the food delivered reminded me very much of a Michael Pollan”ism” from his excellent book “Food Rules”.

Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature.

Well, we certainly served food that ticked those boxes tonight, except maybe for my icing.  Maybe.

 

 

 

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