The Dinner Party

What an amazing dinner party I had the very good fortune to be invited to last night!  Knowing I was going to be eating very well in the evening I tried to eat ultra lightly all day.  I made a small portion of the blueberry, banana and cashew nut smoothie I made the other day with the addition of some fresh mint.  The cashew nuts were soaked overnight which not only makes them easier to digest but also makes them easier to blend.

sprig of mintThe mint made something wonderful even more delicious.  This has the consistency of soft serve ice cream and as the banana and blueberries were frozen, it was just like a bowl of ice cream.

blueberry mint soft serve

But a really healthy one.

bluberry mint soft serve

I managed to spend all morning gardening and then headed off to my favourite local nursery to buy some new plants to put in the freshly weeded and dug over beds.  The Walled Nursery is in Hawkhurst and if you have never been, you are missing a real gem.  Go along and take a look and support this friendly family run business.  They have 13 Victorian glass houses and grow most of their plants on site.

The Walled Nursery

Unfortunately the help yourself cafe sells amazing cup cakes.  And so I did, help myself!

Can you see the cat?

The Walled Nursery 1

Next to the Cat Nip 🙂

Walled Nursery cat

Lunch was some tuna and salad.

lunch 18-5-2013 Tomatoes, lamb’ s lettuce, sweetcorn and raw cauliflower.lunch 18-5-2013 2

The afternoon was spent watching Harvey play cricket and unfortunately sampling too much of the tea provided.  Oops.

And so to dinner.  A short stroll up the road brought us to Annette and David’s lovely home and stunning garden.

Drinks on the terrace Our host had done nearly all the cooking and I was touched they made a spinach and apple juice as an appetiser, knowing how fond I am of my green juices.  It was delicious and a great way to start the evening as it provided us with a boost of nutrition to aid our digestion for the wonders to green juices Brie and cranberry parcels.  Yummmmmm.Brie and cranberry parcels Fire to warm us while we enjoyed a lovely sunset.Fire in the garden In the middle of the table is the goat’s cheese and red onion bread – spectacular.Dinner table Which was eaten with relish alongside this original starter of bunny burgers.  Not only does David cook but he goes to the trouble of shooting and preparing his own rabbit.  How amazing is that?  Ticks all my ‘eat local’ boxes 🙂

The mini burgers were indeed made with rabbit plus chicken and smoked bacon, served on a bed of a pea shoots (which I completely love), with edamame, a dijon dressing and home made rhubarb chutney.  This was so good, if I am not invited back to have it again, I may camp out in their garden until I am served some.  It was original and totally delicious.Bunny burgers By this stage of the proceedings I had imbibed far more wine than was probably necessary and so I can not remember the charming description our main course was introduced with.  There were little sautteed potatoes, a green vegetable which I think was pak choi, haddock and a very flavoursome caper and coriander dressing.  It was wonderful.haddock stackPudding time !! We had a trio of desserts.  There was a frozen raspberry mousse, a lemon tart and meringue.  It was all good but the lemon tart was off the scale of lemony yumminess.  Nothing about this exquisite slice of lemony heaven could have been improved.  Except I could have had a much bigger slice or one of my so called friends could have traded their slice with me for one of my other desserts!

Trio of desserts The meringue and cream were accompanied by a selection of berries served in this spectacular bowl, made of ice with flowers in it.  It was just brilliant.

Berries in iced bowlI did ask if I could move in and live there.  Apparently not.  Probably just as well – how on earth is a girl supposed to diet when surrounded by so much irresistible food?

Our wonderful evening finished with music, more wine and many more conversations with very lovely people.  What a shame such evenings have to finish but how lucky were we to have been invited at all.guitar and violin

Thank you David and Annette for such a splendid evening.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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5 Responses to The Dinner Party

  1. Gilli says:

    Dear God, I will never have the nerve to attempt a dinner party again – are they professionals? Arggh….. X

    • No, David is not professional, just passionate about food and devoted enough to spend 12 hours cooking for us. Imagine how we all feel !!!! One of us has to be next to host and invite them. I am keeping quiet and hoping one of my other lovely neighbours volunteers first. Marion? 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    I’m gob-smacked! But will now block it from my memory and pretend I never read this….otherwise, I shall never pluck up the courage to invite the lovely Annette and David round here. At least I wasn’t there and can pretend I don’t know….The pressure the rest of you must be feeling is tremendous!!! 😉

  3. Marion says:

    Ah….yes, pressure is mounting all the time!What a spectacular evening! And one that anyone would be hard pushed to match. The food was soooo unbelievably good, and for David to suddenly whip out his violin at the end….well, words fail me! Neil and James turned out to be fantastic at singing too, and what with Clare on the piano and Richard on the guitar….well it would be easy to feel very inadequate. However, I will be very happy to host something soon, so watch this space!!

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