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Eating very well

I seem to have been eating particularly well this week! On Thursday I went to my favourite pub, the Plough and Harrow at Guarlford, for dinner with a group of friends, most of whom used to work with me. That was fun. I did struggle to eat three courses – duck terrine, twice-baked cheese souffl√©, and white chocolate mousse with passion-fruit jelly – but it’s amazing how I do always seem to have room for the dessert!

This weekend was also a major pigging-out occasion. On Saturday lunchtime I met up with my college friends Katie and Tom, their daughter Tia, and Tom’s parents at the Talbot in Knghtwick. That was rather a foodie pub, with an emphasis on local produce, home-grown vegetables and home-made just about everything. Including home-brewed beer which Tom and his father both sampled. Again, I struggled to finish my absolutely huge ploughmans lunch with local cheeses, but the staff very kindly packed up the left-over cheeses (which were far too good to waste) into a doggie-bag for me to take home.

Katie came back with me for the weekend, for us to do some proper catching-up, while the others headed back into Wales for Tom and Tia to spend some time with her grandparents. I cooked Katie my pomegranate lamb for Saturday dinner. I’m beginning to feel a bit like a one-trick pony when it comes to cooking for guests, but it is remarkably easy and absolutely delicious (even if I say so myself!). We certainly polished it off between us – I had thought there might be enough left for me to freeze for dinner later in the week, but there was no chance of that!

Today Katie cooked us a huge Sunday brunch of bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages, spinach,¬† grilled tomatoes, and pitta-bread. Then Tom and Tia picked her up to head back home to London, and dropped off a box of chocolate fairy cakes which Tia and Tom’s mother had cooked this morning. I’ve just sampled them and they’re very good!

So all together it’s been a very good few days on the food front. I think I’ll just need a very light dinner tonight!