I have read a few blogs recently where people have enthused about an orange smoothie. The idea of citrus fruit with dairy has never appealed to me but in our hotel last week I had an orange yogurt and it was delicious so for breakfast I made an orange smoothie.
1/3 cup of oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
200 ml unsweetened almond milk
3 tbsp Probiotic natural yogurt
I soaked the oats and chia seeds in the milk for about an hour before blitzing everything in the blender. It was very refreshing.
I had a very busy day cleaning my house in preparation for tonights party. I took a long hard look at it in the morning and was quite horrified at how untidy and dirty it had become. I can blame the dogs, my son or husband for the mess. They definitely contribute to it (those hairy hounds significantly) but the truth is that I am not a Domestic Goddess when it comes to cleaning. There is always something else I would rather do. However, needs must and I actually enjoyed restoring my house to how it occasionally can look.
Lunch was a cheese, lettuce and salad cream bagel. Actually I had 2.
I made some bolognese sauce in the slow cooker which worked well and we ate that with spaghetti at about 6pm. After washing up I added the finishing touches to the party.
We were having a street party. I had been inspired by a very enjoyable drinks party at Christmas that Marion and Colin hosted. There were so many lovely people there and most of the people I chatted to that night live on my road. I do live on a very long road so the chances are good that there will be some lovely people on it. But I do declare I am incredibly lucky with my neighbours and I doubt there is a better group of people who live within easy walking distance of each other anywhere. Having a Street Party theme also meant I could invite some of the neighbours I have met only rarely but would love to get to know better and I was delighted when they accepted too.
I had to keep the food simple as I had been away and spent the previous day in Ramsgate. I enjoy making little canapés but just did not have time on this occasion. I provided a whole Brie with grapes.
A healthy platter of raw peppers, carrots and cucumber with a dip and some delicious tortilla chips made with linseed, sunflower and sesame seeds, quinoa, soya and brown rice. They were really good and I will buy those again.
A plate of gravadlax which is smoked salmon with dill which I adore.
A platter of strawberries and cherries. I bought most of the party food in Costco on the way home from seeing Lara. These strawberries are sweet, juicy and full of flavour. And massive, which the photo does not show. Very tasty.
This dish is so quick and easy to prepare and very delicious. You need one tub of Philadelphia cream cheese, a bottle of sweet chill sauce and some chopped up coriander. Serve with crisps or tortillas. Delicious and so very easy to put together. I served this with some crinkle cut ready salted crisps. You need a sturdy crisp to scoop up the cheese and you then have a delightful mouthful of smooth cool cheese, sweet chilli and crunchy salty crisps. Yum.
A large bowl of chocolate mini eggs which are one of my favourite chocolatey things ever. You bite through the crisp sweet shell to find milk chocolate inside. Mmmmmm.
I set out the above with some French bread and during the party I served some warm food; Swedish meatballs with a caramelised onion dip, sweet potato and chickpea pakoras and chicken satay. So there was something for everyone, whether they were gluten or dairy free, vegan or vegetarian, dieting or detoxing, everyone had something they could nibble on. And luckily many of my guests were able to enjoy plenty of everything.
We set the bar up. On offer as people arrived was white wine, red wine, gin and tonic, beer and margaritas. Let’s get this party started!
I’ll have a margarita – cheers 🙂
Everyone who had accepted came along except for 2 who were poorly. I hope Lucy and David feel better soon.
Dear lovely party people,
thank you so much for coming to our party,
for bringing so many lovely bottles of wine, cava and Prossecco,
for bringing food with you,
for bringing personal gifts,
and for bringing 3 party invitations between you all. This street will be rocking this summer!!!!!
Most of all, thank you for being such wonderful neighbours and such very dear friends.