Bountiful

Having laid the first egg of the season, at least one chook is doing her job – and doing it well. That egg was followed by a second one yesterday and a third today.  It looks as though omelette season is upon us! Omelettes make a good Fast Day meal…

Today is a Fast Day and also a day off in the kitchen. After yesterday’s feast neither of us feels much like cooking or eating. I plucked a package of Ravioli (337 kcals each) and a pre-made sauce (67) from the freezer and made up the balance with a salad including small quantities of naughties such as avocado and croutons.

Dinner last night was pretty damn good, actually.  Not least because we serendipitously made some good choices in the liquid refreshment department. The red wine that I used to cook the beef olives was also used to wash it down and what a partnership it made. YUMMY. (Christian Patat Appassimento 2013) Full bodied and slightly sweet, it was the ideal partner to the sweet root vegetables in the casserole. The Madeira that we had with our dessert was also pretty stunning.

When preparing the table for a meal it is essential to first ensure that the cheeseboard is amply provisioned
When preparing the table for a meal it is essential to first ensure that the cheeseboard is amply provisioned: on this occasion we kept things simple (Stilton, a peppered Caboc, a baby Wensleydale, grapes and celery)
The first course was a Camembert baked with garlic, rosemary and soem truffle oil - with good breadsticks to dunk into it
The first course was a Camembert baked with garlic, rosemary and some truffle oil – with good breadsticks to dunk into it
With all the alcohol on offer, I needed a simple glass of water to keep some kind of balance
With all the alcohol on offer, I needed a simple glass of water to keep some kind of balance
Plenty of candles enabled us to see what we were eating
Plenty of candles enabled us to see what we were eating (Pot-roasted Haggis-stuffed Beef Olives with root vegetables, Roast Potatoes and broccoli)

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