Archive for the ‘Dining’ Category


September 6, 2006


 The first time my husband took me out for dinner, was at the Pizza Hut in Crawley. Sounds cheap, I know, but it was one of the best meals I ever had! Remember the pizza they did in the late 80’s (May 1988 to be precise!) called the ‘Priazzo Roma?’ Well, I haven’t seen it on the menu since. Sometimes, the best meal could be very basic, the worst meal could cost you an arm and a leg….

 So I looked on the internet and couldn’t find anything even similar, but this link made my tummy rumble and its only 9am!


 Had another look and found this!


September 4, 2006


  I know I’ve blogged on chefs before (if you pardon the expression) but I must do a ‘ickle blog on Rick Stein. I watched a double episode on his series last week and he is so good to watch! His passion for seafood is almost aggressive, although he does cook meat, too. In Octobers issue of BBC Good Food, the best foodie-mag on the shelf, he cooks ‘Braised Pheasant with Laphroaig & woodland mushrooms’. He serves this with parsnip mash and steamed savoy cabbage (my favourite veggies) I’d cook this by leaving out the booze and serving buttered peas. I always do a Sunday roast even if HWSBO is working, because he doesn’t usually get home until around 7pm at the weekends, by which time dinner is over, dishes are in the dishwasher and the children are in the bath. 

..this isnt a ‘ickle blog, is it?

  But yesterday was different, I planned dinner later, he said he’d be home by 6pm and we would all sit down together for Sunday Dinner. HOORAY!!!

 I went off to the supermarket and bought a leg of lamb, came home, seasoned the joint and realised my new oven wasn’t connected to the mains! So, I scurried around to my good neighbour who banged it into hers for one and a half hours. She can’t stand the smell of garlic and brought it back a little earlier…..It was cooked to perfection and fell off the bone. I cooked a carrot and swede mash and creamy mashed potatoes. I would have preferred roasted roosters with the skin on, but couldn’t ask my neighbour to do that, could I? I sometimes add pesto to the mashed potatoes, but it would only mean the girls wouldn’t touch them. As always, I made the gravy from the juices of the meat and HEY PESTO! Dinner ready at ten to six………

 we waited…..  and we waited….  and we waited……

 I rang him at 6.40pm and he had been called to another job at Carton House, Maynooth and wouldn’t be home till 9pm. Why do men do this? He has a phone….

 I’ve stopped to cool down and read a supplement from the said magazine. ‘The Cotswold Company’. Some lovely things in there. I’d love a Salon Stand. My hairdrier lives on the floor under my bedside table!

  So, back to the Galloping Gourmet….he only had to bung his dinner into the microwave when he came home (9.10pm) but what did he do? He flaked out on the sofa and spent the rest of the evening being waited on by lil’ ole’ me.

Tips of the Day (a new idea)

1. To keep a loaf crusty, store in a paper rather than plastic bag.

 2. If your other half says he’ll be home at a certain time, add another three hours on.


August 26, 2006


 I always try to give the children something a little more interesting for breakfast than a bowl of cereal! They love homemade pancakes (weekends only!) crumpets and cooked breakfasts. Hubs only ever has breakfast on the very rare occasion or when we are on holiday.

 We visited relatives in New York in 1992 and were very impressed with the selection of breakfast items available in cafes. We had waffles with maple syrup and a neverending cup of coffee most mornings while we were there. I can’t remember the names of any of the places we dined in, so decided to look on the Internet where I came across this video. We are in the catering business (I still manage functions as and when I’m needed) and I just love to watch a chef at work.


August 6, 2006


I’m cooking Sunday lunch for the Out-laws to day. As if that isn’t daring enough, their sons will be dining with us who are both chefs. One criticism from anyone and I’ll FREAK!

Here’s whats on offer:

       Avocado and Prawns

served on a bed of rocket with a drizzle of Yuzu-Miso viniagrette


        Roast Leg of Lamb

Served with roasted potatoes, minted baby potatoes, roasted asparagus spears, swede and carrot mash with a rich gravy


Fresh pieces of melon, orange, grape, apple ,strawberry and raspberries with clotted cream

   Tea/Coffee and Ferrero Rocher

“Oohh, you are spoiling us Ambassador!”