Saturday, 26 June 2010

Creative in the kitchen

Today I have been creative in a different way - in the kitchen! We have our lovely friends Natalie and Steve coming over for dinner tonight, so I have chosen three totally new dishes to try out! Scary! We go to each other's homes for dinner every other month or so, and so all my trusted dinner party recipes have long since been used! Natalie and Steve are also real foodies so the pressure is on!

Tonight (Matthew!!!) I am cooking

* Asparagus and crab salad
* Roasted duck breast with plum sauce on creamed potatoes with buttered spinach, and
* Chocolate mousse cake with poached whisky pears and ginger mascarpone

I am all prepared as much as I can be, so fingers crossed that everything goes according to plan. Since it is so warm, we are planning to eat outside - I have bought citronella tealights and will put loads out round the table in jam jars, and we have hung little chinese lanterns under the umbrella for extra ambience.

I will try and remember to take photos, but might well forget in the heat of the moment!

Didn't get much stitching done last night - too much talking about crafting instead! However, the little that I did do will probably give away what it is! I'm loving your guesses!

Carole x


  1. Can I come for dinner pretty please? I like everything (except the asparagus).
    It all sounds wonderful.mmmmm
    Sue xx
    p.s. Still haven't got it.

  2. Enjoy your evening Carole, good fod, good friends who could ask for more hugs alma x

  3. Or is it a flag of England with a heart in the Middle?

  4. YUM all sounds fab carole, what time do you want me?

    have a lovely evening...


  5. Oh how yummy...the crap and asparagus sounds particularly wonderful! I hope the meal was a great success....and yes, when are you going to invite all your crafty buddies round? lol!
    Sue x

  6. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Everything sounds totally delish Carole, when can I come over and join you all?

    Now, as for this cross stitch, hmmm, I'm with Alma, I think it looks like the English flag with a heart in the middle, but somehow I don't think you would do that.

    What about the top of a cupcake/cross bun thingy with a cherry on top?

    Oooh, just that a thought, what about a pie? and this is the top of it, with a heart in the middle, perhaps a queen of hearts type of pie, ok now I'm just getting silly, lol!
    Hurry up and do a bit more stitching and give us some more clues.

    Suzie xxxxx :)

  7. hehe just reading back I not sure Sue bubbles version of you meal is quite what you had in mind lol

    Come on Carole we need more clues are we getting close yet ?

  8. lololololo!!! Sue Bubbles what are you like?!!! What a typo!!! Made me and Alma laugh anyway!!!

    Alma - you are absolutely right you clever clogs! It's a Union Jack with a heart in the middle - a Jan Constantine design - and the only way I will ever be able to afford one of her pieces!!!

    Carole xxx

  9.! Thats late night blog hopping for ya!
    Sue x