Cowart's Common Room
Six instead of two

When one normally cooks for 2 and suddenly find that you are 6, what a difference it makes! The Dishwasher, despite being a big one, is on for the second time today. Even afternoon tea involves 6 mugs, 6 plates, 6 teaspoons, 6 knives. Scottish pancakes, scones, lemon drizzle cake. And that is really a snack meal. We have just finished a Sunday roast of delicious leg of lamb. Step son helped cook it - I taught him how to cook roasts when he was at Newcastle Uni, nearly 30 years ago!
Breakfast is another nightmare! Boiled eggs, cereal, Lapsang, workman's tea, coffee, milk, salt pepper, sugar, jam, honey, marmite and all the mugs, plates and cutlery that go with them.
Still it is lovely to have step son, wife and 2 lovely girls (14 and10) staying!

Posted at 26th Aug 2018 - 10:58PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Six instead of two Comments: 3

Fennie's Avatar I can sympathise, Withy, for we were six yesterday to a Sunday lunch of canapés, starters, main course, pudding and coffee. Six of everything, indeed twelve if not eighteen in the glasses department. A mountain of washing up as you say as many things can't go in the dishwasher.

The French in my experience do big meals more often than we do but get around the problem of the washing up by using single plates wiped with bread and reusing knives and forks. In some cases plates are dispensed with entirely and you eat your 'tartine' either on a paper napkin or on the oilskin tablecloth. They are too busy talking and enjoying the food to worry about the formalities.

Yesterday I tried out a canapé served when I was in France recently. This was a slice of French radish served on a buttered crouton. A small mouthful but a tasty one. In France they used crustless bread very thinly sliced and even more mildly toasted, but all I could find were those ready made croutons. They could have done with a sprinkling of salt but were otherwise deemed excellent: I was quite surprised.
And apart from a plate to put them on they generated no washing up! Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 27th Aug 2018 at 08:26AM

Withy Brook's Avatar That was one meal, Fennie, though horrendous!
Our lot arrived for tea on Saturday and leave after breakfast on Tuesday - tomorrow, when I have my pre-op in Hexham at 10.00! They will have to get their own breakfast!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 27th Aug 2018 at 10:20AM

Camilla's Avatar Don't think I could have done without my dish washer this last week it has been working overtime with all the meals with family visiting now gone back to Surrey.

Posted by: Camilla on 27th Aug 2018 at 03:12PM

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