People were going to coming over the course of the evening so it seemed sensible to have a roll out of dishes – some hot and some cold.
Part of the morning was taken up with a hunt for quails’ eggs. I was told that they don’t lay this time of year but that didn’t stop me having a go trying to find some. I thought I had struck lucky when I found three boxes in The International Store but it transpired they were all past their best before date and so they were not for sale.
I got some prawns instead and in the grocers I picked up rocket, three different types of mushroom and bag of multi-coloured cherry tomatoes.
The rest of the day was taken up with a bit of cooking and a lot of assembling.
We had the following:-
- Gilda – peppers, anchovies, olives and small cocktail onions on a stick
- Blue cheese and membrillo (quince cheese)
- Pale white sheets cheese with parsley and and beetroot
- Crostini with rocket and walnut pests
- Crostini with a cannelloni spread
- Crostini with mushrooms – they had marinaded all afternoon in olive oil, lemon juice and garlic
- Prawns fried with garlic and cayenne pepper
- Sliced chorizo
- Padron peppers fried with salt
- Cherry tomatoes with giant capers and olive
- Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and basil and dressed with truffle oil
- and lots of rolls
Come the morning it had all gone and our recycling bin is full of empty bottles of Prosecco and I am hoping that there is some one out there with a sore head after they finished off my bottle of rhubarb flavoured vodka.
Chic was played along with Sister Sledge and the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is still on the turntable although it has stopped going round. I also spent 2o minutes tearing the attic apart trying to find Earth, Wind & Fire’s Greatest Hits.