Our theme for the dinner was 'A road trip around Britain' - with each course featuring a dish from a different part of the British Isles. To kick off and set the 'road trip' theme, we served a 'lunch box' for our starter. Here is the full menu:
We opened the evening with a champagne toast.. under the guise of it being the final of our four rounds of Come Dine With Me and that being a good reason to have a toast. After a clink of glasses we revealed a second toast however - and announced to our Australian friends that we are expecting a baby! There were many congratulations, lots of male back-slapping, and a sprinkling of tears - Tom and I were totally surprised by the reaction and it was really heartwarming.
Next it was over to the table and on to the starter - a packed lunch box featuring homemade scotch egg, tomato chutney, dressed rocket and a wedge of homemade bread. Tom had made the scotch egg and chutney, and my contribution was the bread. It all went down well and several people had seconds of the scotch egg!
For the main course, we (well, lets face it, Tom) served beef wellington with roast potatoes and vegetables... plus - gravy in an individual gravy boat. Oooooh, fancy! The wellington was a high risk strategy, because you never know if on the inside it's going to be overdone or red raw.. Luckily, it turned out just perfect, and was gobbled up in no time.
Finally for pud, I served my usual contribution to a dinner party - pavlova! I named it 'reconstructed Eton Mess' however, because I didn't think pavlova was very British, but Eton Mess certainly is! I also had an attempt at a union jack in berries, although with hindsight I could have made a better job of this... nonetheless, it all got eaten up!
It topped off a wonderful evening of sharing good news, good food and fun times with our Aussie friends. Here's to the next CDWM competition.. coming your way sometime in.. erm... several years time!