Last Saturday night Carl and I had nothing on. And we didn’t mind. But then at the eleventh hour close friends of ours phoned and asked if we would like to come for dinner – to a dinner party! Suddenly we were keener than mustard for a night out.
I might have mentioned my friend to you before. He’s the highly competitive one who asked me to swim in ‘one or two’ races for his swimming club (short notice once again), and then on the day I wasn’t allowed out of the pool until I’d swum at least nine events. He owed me a drink or three after that.
I was out with Alfie on Saturday afternoon and we called in to Coco Chocolate for a hostess gift. I bought some dark chocolate sprinkled with freeze-dried raspberries and some milk chocolate filled with fruits and nuts.
At the appropriate time Carl and I walked to our friends’ house – so convenient and it was a perfect night for walking as for winter it was an extremely mild night.
When we arrived, my Mr Competitive friend noticed we hadn’t brought our cameras. He said, ‘Did you think the food wouldn’t be good enough to blog about?’ So of course we quickly muttered out some excuse like all our cameras needed charging and pulled out our I-phones and started clicking away.
Mr Competitive is a coeliac so first of all we had rice crackers with a sweet potato dip and a pesto dip.
Mr Competitive introduced me to his slow-cooker and showed me the lamb shanks he had purchased from the butcher at first light and then had cooked them in tomatoes and red wine and mushrooms all day. He confided very quietly that it was very intimidating having a food blogger over for dinner. I confided to him that I was super-impressed with his slow-cooker and that I have never owned one.
The main course was pureed mash with the lamb shank where the meat was so tender it just fell off the bone with a side of steamed green beans. There were six of us at the dinner party and I don’t think anyone left anything on their plates. Lamb shanks are just such wonderful comfort food and a good hearty meal (I can’t believe my mother used to buy them and give them to the dogs!)
The dessert was an almond meal and coconut cake (gluten-free of course) with clotted cream that had a lovely texture, beautiful flavour and was extremely moist. I was given a second helping that the guest next to me thought he should help me finish. (I didn’t actually need any help).
Then we had a cheese platter with room temperature cheeses and rice crackers.
Don’t you agree that this menu and this dinner party was definitely blog worthy? My only complaint or criticism is that my Coco Chocolate gift remained just that – a gift. It never made it to the table and having been to the Coco Chocolate tempering course I was rather keen to reach my hand into a bowl of their chocolates.
The night wasn’t a late one. It would come as no surprise that Mr Competitive has given himself a new challenge – in May of next year he will compete in a major triathlon swimming 3.7kms, cycling 180kms and jogging 42kms – I’m sure my chocolates have been put aside for his energy needs.
Carl and I were given a lift back up the hill by the other guests and settled in for a good night’s sleep knowing Mr Competitive would be up at 4.45am for triathlon training. Good luck to him!
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