Sunday, December 09, 2007

CHIARA'S FESTA




















Some images from a scrumptious spread yesterday: a simple but very pretty way of serving grapefruit from Chiara's garden; a salad of lettuce, brown bread that has been oven-crisped, grana cheese, pear and apple; lasagne with a spinach filling; good, local bread; stuffing balls; chicken which has been marinated in and filled with fruit [Chiara is going to give me the recipe for this so when I have it I will share it with you]. A jolly British trifle was served for dessert, along with the biscuits I baked yesterday, plus various cakes and pastries that guests had brought along: I couldn't get pictures of any of these before they were cut, demolished and scoffed!

20 comments:

marymaryquitecontrary said...

It is so nice to share a meal with friends. Was it grapes with the chicken? Will be thinking about you tomorrow; good luck.

David said...

As ever, you provide a feast for the eyes.

jams o donnell said...

SO many temtingl tasty foods. Somehow a stir fry in Romford seems bleak and dull in comparison!

Deadbeat Dad said...

Suddenly I'm feeling very hungry. Shame you didn't get chance to snap the cakes and puds: what a bunch of inconsiderate so-and-sos your friends are!

My eating experience yesterday couldn't have provided a starker contrast: my work's Christmas do was booked into a traditional, family-run Italian restaurant (La Grotta in central Bristol - avoid at all costs). Not my choice, but it sounded promising enough and I was looking forward to an antipasto misto followed by Saltimbocca alla Romana, or somesuch.

Sadly, we were informed midweek (by which time it was too late to find somewhere else, of course) that we wouldn't be able to order from a menu, but instead would be served a standard English Christmas dinner. Grrrr!!!

It was every bit as grim as it sounds (they even served garlic bread as a starter). And, to add insult to considerable injury, my co-workers had already exhausted the drinks tab by the time I got there...

jmb said...

What a fine feast that was Welshcakes, and only lunch. I'll bet you had a boiled egg for dinner!

This is the only time of the year that I make trifle or was it zuppa inglese which I haven't made for ages?

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

What a true feast!! Delightful.

Janejill said...

Hello dear Welshcakes - well, it's the last two which will have me raiding my sad empty fridge ; I love the photos, every one. xx

Leslie: said...

mmmm...more to tantalise me! You wicked woman!!! lol

Ellee Seymour said...

This certainly beats the toad in the hole we had yesterday. What would the Italians make of that?

Good luck today with your new job.

Anonymous said...

I have cut out the pictures and arranged them around my flat as a reminder of what food is supposed to look like....

Michele Boselli said...

hi, it's always flattering to find anglophone people living in and appreciating Italy in spite of all the problems we have (notoriously in Sicily...)

I made the opposite trip and came to Britain from Italy.

I've just given you a link, if you care to reciprocate :)

BTW, Ellee, are you chasing me in the blogosphere?!? you are great, ciao from here as well

James Higham said...

Yummy, yummy, scrummy, scrummy. I'm one of your more articulate readers.

Sally said...

Just back from Rome to find a plethora of exciting news, most of all about your new job - I am so happy for you Welshcakes and hope it's stimulating, interesting, rewarding and most of all, lucrative. Keep us posted ............

PinkAcorn said...

Looks like a feast! Unfortunately, I'd need another dress size if I ate all that...and I would, hee.

Claire said...

Mmmm........scrummy!
The idea of sharing food in the warmth of Sicily sounds so delightful from the cold dark evening here. Enjoy.

Crushed said...

The stuffing balls look good- what are they made from?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, MM. Not sure what fruit - will find out. Thank you, David. Jams, Chiara will be dekighted that a photographer such as yourself likes the look of her food! DD, I know, I will tell them off! I hadn't realised you are in Bristol, where I grew up. Oh, the drinks tab must have been the last straw! HI, jmb. I didn't have anything for dinner after that lot! Definitely trifle.Glad it appeals, Anne. Thanks, janejill. I'm wicked when I get the chance, Leslie! Thanks for your good wishes, Ellee. I think Itals would find the idea of toad in the hole odd, but they would enjoy it! Chiara will be delighted, Mutley! Nice to meet you, Miss Welby. Coming over to yours now. Bretwalda, I can tell! thank you, Sally, you are so kind. I will! Ciao, Pink. Well , it's only an occasional feast!! Not sure, exactly, Crushed - will ask Chiara.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Kissa, It can get pretty cold here at this time of year, though - But the lovely colours of everything and the sheer exuberance of the food help!

Gledwood said...

Has Simi done any baying lately?

"Baying" = my new favourite word~!!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Not lately, Gleds - but I'll get her to some especially for you!

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