Our blog has been a little quiet of late because we both had short breaks. I have had a wonderful ‘cooking and eating’ holiday in France again! Whenever I go to visit my dear friend Carolyn we usually try to run a charity supper club but we decided that this time we would just spend the time catching up! Cooking for a supper club takes three days – shopping, cooking and actually hosting the event on the day. As we only went for a week the decision was made to relax and catch up with each other. We have been friends for 35 years when we shared a house together in London. Our children are friends and so are our husbands!
So we started the week with a B-B-Q in the beautiful garden. As usual the chaps ‘cooked’ wonderful French sausages, de-boned marinated chicken thighs and aromatic kebabs made by your’s truly. Lots of French wine and salad fresh from the garden!
On Tuesday Carolyn cooked a beautiful Salmon en Cruet and I did the accompanying stuffed gigantic Courgette from a friend’s garden. This is the thing about France – everyone grows something and they just share them out and never need to buy anything. You name it and they grow it – figs, apples, raspberries, strawberries,peppers, chillies, courgettes, marrows, kale, spinach, tomatoes, carrots and the list goes on!
So I cooked up an Indian meal one night – Saag Aloo, Channa masala and our signature dish of Murgh Masala. Carolyn knocked up a Nan or two in next to no time! Suffice to say that we didn’t need breakfast the next morning!
Of course the cooking didn’t stop there. Carolyn loves to cook and some of her specialities are jams and breads – check out a small selection of jams and the absolutely yummy ‘flower pot’ baked bread!
What an amazing week of culinary delights which we finished off making our wonderful Apple & Onion chutney because there was a garden full of apples! Didn’t actually have time to finish bottling it up but Carolyn is busy doing just that as I finish writing!
Looking forward to our supper club on the 29th and am busy deciding what to serve up as it is a special evening – we will be celebrating our 2nd birthday and also raising money for the Macmillan Nurses. We are fully booked for this date so if you would like to join us for dates in November and December please email us to add yourself to our mailing list.
See you at the table!