It was a strange feeling setting the Table again, revisiting our mental supper club to do list, checking everything twice convinced something would be forgotton. The menu planning, shopping, rush of the preparations, the anticipation of guests arriving. A curious mixture of nerves and delights.
Then, the doorbell rings, old roles are resumed like putting on a pair of well worn shoes, dinner is served, friends gather to tell stories and say farewell for now. The baby sleeps, wakes briefly aware there are strangers in her home and sleeps soundly again.
Now, it is over and we're left with these pictures to tell the story, house quiet, table cleared but washing up piled high, washing machine whirring, eager to do it again.
And so to bed.
To welcome: Dunsyre blue cheese mousse, buttery oat biscuits.
To amuse: Curried parsnip soup, apple crisps.
To start: Squash, rocket, Dunsyre blue, rosemary.
To follow: Venison Wellingtons, caramelised red cabbage, green beans.
Here's how a wheat free Wellington looks.