“Never knowingly undercatered”
This is of course, the most important page because without the delicious things, the day would be both short and sad which is completely the opposite of what we anticipate.
This is also the most important page because it is where we are hoping to garner the most help- if everyone could possibly bring something food or drink related for the day it would be wonderful. For a while Fil wondered if this was cheeky but then remembered that you are no random comers but our dearest people so all be well and plentiful.
It will probably be of no surprise to most that we do have ideas, let’s call them suggestions to be nice, of what could be brought (there may even be recipes if stage fright seems likely or firm guidance is simply preferred). Should we sketch out the plan and let you volunteer? Or should I skirt around it so as not to frighten the kitchen shy (don’t worry you lot, shopping lists of ingredients needed on the day will be your mission; nothing more intimately involved with a cooker)?
In addition to actual food, there will be some food related helping stints- the camping contingent will have breakfast provided and although Fil will almost certainly stick her nose in, it would be splendid if other folk were officially looking after this at least on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I doubt we’ll keep her out of it by Monday but volunteers for all or any breakfasts are gladly accepted, again nothing very challenging is planned.
x x MSM and WFB
Ok, so the outline plan is to have some lovely pies, some salads of the interesting sort and probably some surprise things, pudding and cake. Also a table for grazing from later. So, we’d love a large pie or pies to serve about eight people or a big salad to serve twelve, if you’re volunteering to deal with that area of things. Veggie or meat pies but, if at all possible, going with the spring time feeling that we know will be overflowing the place! We’ll have fridges for them to live in the night before and they’ll be warmed on the day.
So we’re clear about the scale of this, for lunch we need:
15 x pie for eight- some meat, some veggie
12 x salad for twelve
By salad I mean something like this, this, something like this (I seem to be overdoing the courgette/green bean thing; please feel free to be more imaginative!) or my favourite beetroot/puy/hazelnut one which I’ll write up and send to anyone who’d like to make it (it appears not to be taken straight from the interwebs. How strange) Just don’t put meat in your salad if you please; it’ll make it much simpler. *
Pudding will be for the ‘I don’t cook/work fourteen hour shifts/am flying in the day before’ brigade- I’ll give you a shopping list 🙂 but overall we’re going to need about 18 packs of meringue nests and 14 litres double cream.
Grazing table for the evening:
Cheese, bread, crisps, vol-au-vents, sausage rolls, more salads, dips, soup? Things you’d like to find on a buffet table.
Anyone for Team Cake?
**There are vegans and veggies as well as a couple of people who can’t eat wheat so, if your offering does happen to be friendly to them, it would be good to have a label/note to that effect**
Yes, the tried and tested cocktail ‘hour’ will be making an appearance so, if you’d like to bring some ‘strong booze’ or a selection of mixers then our lovely assistants shall ply you with tasty beverages for as long as they/you hold out. Again, guidance as to what will be of most use will swiftly be provided to whosoever wants it.
How are we doing so far?
* I’m told that as I am such a picky beast I should specify very clearly that this
is not the salad I’m looking for. *sigh* You knew that.