Friday, March 02, 2012


Throughout Italy it has become fashionable for bars and restaurants to advertise lunch as "brunch" when what they serve bears no relationship to a brunch at all.  So yesterday, for St David's Day, I decided to do the thing properly for a few Italian and expat friends.

There was sausage and baked bean casserole in the kitchen for those who wanted it - the beans came from Cristaldi in Catania - and my main table looked like this:

I like to make "Glamorgan sausages" - which contain cheese, not meat - in round shapes and there they are on the left. Those are Nigella's "Welsh Rarebit muffins" next to them - what my muffins don't have in height they make up for in breadth - and that's homemade chutney and cranberry sauce being served with the cheese.

I know my bara brith, which I'd made on Sunday, didn't look perfect but sliced and served with butter and a friend's homemade marmalade, everyone thought it tasted good!

Those are my "chocolate thingies" on the cakestands, with my strawberry tiramisù at the back and almost-Cadbury's chocolate fingers on the right.  [Thanks, Lidl.]

My "tipsy cake" became rather an Italian one as, given the unavailability of sherry,  I used Maraschino in it.  I'd found the sugared sheep in the supermarket and decided they would be an appropriate decoration:

And of course there were Welshcakes:

A Welsh male voice choir CD,  my blown-up plastic daffodil, good company and a singalong completed the occasion.


Betty said...

That looks like a delicious brunch.

Claude said...

You certainly know how to give a party! That food is scrumptious. I wish you would live next door. Cheers for St-David's Day!

sally in norfolk said...

sounds delish...hope you had a goof fun time .

Rosaria Williams said...

That's quite a spread! Welshcakes? Curious about them-should you wish to relate a recipe.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Betty. Hi, Claude. Love the avatar! Oh, what fun we would have if we lived next door to each other! Thanks, Sally. Hi, Rosaria. The recipe I use is here:


I love it. What a great array of tasty foods.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I am sure all your friends enjoyed your fabulous feast Pat :-)

CherryPie said...

That is a fabulous spread, I am sure you all had great fun :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, GCC, Anne and Cherie.


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