Although my food tastes usually veer onto the Continent and Asia, Joe persuaded me to try some more localised dishes. My guinea pigs were Robin and Gemma, joining in a right royal supper party at ours. Always keen to join in the fun, they came adorned with homemade (and spectacular) crowns and drank and ate merrily, embracing the banquet spirit.
I was at home sending myself a little bonkers with dinner preparations - I've been told the key is to make lots of things you can prepare ahead, to remain swanlike in the evening - but I was a little manic in the day! First up was some beetroot cured salmon and seabass and prawn ceviches (the latter not very British but I'm trying! There was cucumber in it!)
In an homage to the great Elizabethan era of banquetting, main courses were a poussin each with local asparagus and beetroot. Who doesn't want their own whole little bird to chomp down on?! This was then followed up with those amazing cheeses and chocolate truffles (hmm...French). Well, I tried, and it was a lot of fun. It also turns out that I am truly terrible at Jenga.
|Cured salmon on blinis with horseradish and dill creme fraiche|
|Seabass and prawn ceviche|
|Whole poussin, roasted beets and shallots and charred asparagus|
We went for a little wander around Harrogate (bought some overpriced stuff, yas) and then returned to the food fair for some lunch. While I entered phase two of spicy treats with a El Kantina's pulled pork slider and coleslaw, Joe returned to Fish& for the full monty - fish and chips with garlic mayo. Overall, everything was great and we felt stuffed, although not too stuffed to not eat Joe's home made pork burgers with grilled courgettes for dinner. Awesome. I am now on a necessary diet.
|Me and Andrew|
|Pulled pork slider|
|Fish and chips|
|And dinner - pork burgers with chargrilled courgettes|