As is traditional in the lead up to Christmas, I have spent much of my time eating. I am very happy to spend my time eating so long as my fussy tastes are catered for. I will try to avoid any form of pre made supermarket bought 'party food' as I have an aversion to filo pastry and little tarts and I would rather that people actually put a little effort into the catering if they have decided to entertain at home. Demanding, picky, impractical, rude? Perhaps, but that's my view.
This particular weekend of piggery starting off with a very nice meal at a posh pub in Knutsford, The Dun Cow (amazingly, it has no website). We had been invited round to friends' for supper and due to last minute dramas ran out of time to cook and instead treated us to a slap up feast (smoked salmon, lamb hotpot) as we watched the light and fluffy snow gently fall from the sky to carpet the countryside in glorious white. This prettiness did rather hinder our departure time and we hurried home at a stately 40mph in my little Smart Car which is really rather splendid in the snow. We're glad we didn't have further to travel and felt sorry for all the poor people stuck in drifts and cold all over the place.
The next evening we had been invited to our neighbours for supper, we have been waving to each other in the car park for a few years and finally met and chatted in the corner shop buying our Sunday papers a couple of weekends ago. That led to coffee and much chat and then an invitation to supper along with another set of neighbours (yes, it's a friendly place). We were treated to the most yummy home cooked Indian feast with mutton, prawns and monkfish, lamb and a chicken dish. It was all delicious.
Then Sunday saw us at local friends for our now traditional pre-Xmas seafood feast which consists of lobster, crab (claws and dressed brown), smoked salmon, oysters, sea bass carpaccio, giant prawns roasted with garlic and chilli, all washed down with a magnum of Prosecco and followed with more delicious white wine and two massive chunks of Mrs Kirkham's tasty Lancashire and a super tasty Lancashire which were gorgeous. Home made lemon cheesecake finished us of very nicely!
Here are some pictures from our seafood feast: