Happy Birthday to Me

So it’s my 35th birthday on Sunday and following on from such a phenomenal British year we are going for a dinner party with a British theme.

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My husband is an inspirational cook and loves nothing better than to trial and error dinner parties.  So for the past 10 days bang has gone my diet as every night is a taster for things to come.

I’m hoping this time next year I won’t be able to post about the menu before the actual occasion but seeing as it’s only my 2nd post and no one has read me yet I’m thinking to hell with the risk of guests knowing and letting the world know!!!

Last night he was boiling pigs trotters!!!  not to eat but he is going to use the gelatine for the pork pies that he’s cooking as a starter (I know pp sound like an odd starter but we’re having an English picnic for starters with scotch eggs (we tried and tested them on Sunday night – yummy runny yolks), sausage rolls (last night) and then luckily we have a night off before finished pork pies tomorrow!!!!

For his birthday in August I bought him a sous vide (you might have seen it on cooking programs – it’s a water bath) – so tonight (Wed) night at 7pm he vacuum packed the lamb and put it in to cook for 48 hours!!!

I’m bringing up the rear by doing desert.  In a rectangular shaped baking tin I will be baking a yummy cheese cake with raspberries and blueberries used to shape the Union Jack on top.

This is all topped off with English still and sparking wines from http://www.chapeldown.com/ – we went wine tasting there in August and I can’t recommend them enough – fabulous wine and a great experience.

I’ll let you know how the gelatine turns out!!! and hopefully photos will follow on Saturday night.

Thanks so much for reading