Keeping it in the family

Unfortunately this month I have no photos at all. That’s probably the best recommendation for our food that I could have! It all went so quickly that there was just no time to capture the moment.

We had a lovely time catering a baptism. It was the latest family event in what has become a long-standing relationship with the R Family. It started with a retirement celebration, continued with an anniversary party, and carried on to a wedding. The bride and groom became Mum and Dad and invited us to share their day once more. Both the wedding and the baptism reflected their cosmopolitan roots in Ireland and Iran, making both days so very interesting.

Interesting days call for interesting food. Guests were welcomed with elderflower champagne and canapés in the garden. The weather was glorious too! Bruschetta with roasted red peppers and olives, and aubergine and mushroom; and hummous with delicious sour dough breads. This all went quickly, thankfully, as the wasps were gathering with us under the plum trees!

Seeking the safety of the marquee and dining room we served salmon with sweet chilli sauce and crème fraiche, with gorgeous char-grilled aubergines, and pomegranates and feta served with bagna càuda- a rich Italian sauce. I have to say that this is an unctuous thing of beauty. Everyone was delighted with it and there most certainly would not have been a chance to capture any on camera! We also served Thai Beef, along with a selection of salads including our new Persian salad. This is dressed with orange blossom and is wonderfully light and fragrant.

Ingrid and I were helped on the day by John and Kelsey who served desserts as guests mingled. We served Lemon Polenta Cake with summer berries, meringues, my own vanilla and blackcurrant ice-creams, and then rhubarb and strawberry compote which was made from fruit from my garden, keeping our food miles low!

It is always deeply gratifying to forge a relationship with a family, and to be invited back again and again to share their joy. For me food brings people together. When you’ve had a meal of joy, wherever that may have been, you will continue to be nurtured by it, and by the time you had around that table, for many days to come. We’d love to share some joy with you x

Posted on September 27, 2015 .