Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Party

The buffet party for my son's sixtieth birthday went well.   My grand=daughter came round early in the morning and together we prepared all the food.   It took us three hours and as far as I was concerned those three hours were a delight = these days I rarely get my grand daughter to myself for any time at all - after all, she has a toddler to look after.   We had such a lovely time prepared the planned buffet and chatting together.

We were catering for ten, many of whom were vegetarians.   We had veggie quiches, ham sandwiches, tuna/mayo sandwiches and veggie sandwiches to my grand daughter's recipe: grate together red onion, carrot and strong cheese, add salt and pepper and a dash of  white wine vinegar
and then bind with mayo. (delicious - try it).  Potato pancakes spread with cream cheese and smoked salmon, a cheese board garnished with black and green grapes, hot rolls and butter, a giant salad nicoise, crisps, various pates and biscuits for cheese or for spreading with pate.  Finally I made a huge apple and plum crumble which we served warm with ice cream or single cream.   There was white wine, rose wine, tea, coffee - plenty of chat and laughter and finally a large chocolate birthday cake.

We decorated the front windows with  60 signs and his three children and me clubbed together and bought him a top of the range tablet.

The icing on the cake was that at half past one we were able to speak to his son who is teaching in China.

Everyone mucked in with clearing things away, loading the dishwasher and keeping things tidy.  It was a lovely occasion.

Out to lunch today.   Mothering Sunday meant that the restaurant was packed to capacity and the staff were run off their feet - but obviously doing well.
Salmon in white wine and tarragon sauce with roasties and seasonal vegetables, followed by an orange sorbet served in the shell of an orange.

An update on Tess - she is back to normal in that she is full of energy, eating well, dashing to the door when anyone comes.   I shall try to put the tumour out of mind until the inevitable day comes when we have to say goodbye.

22 comments:

Jane said...

So glad the day went so well ; good thinking about Tess lets hope her days continue to be long and happy ones...

Gwil W said...

God news about Tess. Very pleased :-)

Yesterday I was invited to a house for sandwiches and I met a wonderful Dachsund called Nellie. I thought about you and Tess and how so many dogs have a wonderfully kind and sweet nature - just like the people they live with I suppose.

Gwil W said...

Having said that I have to confess my favourite dog is a cartoon - Dennis the Menace's dog Gnasher.

Penhill said...

It sounds like a good day was had by all including Tess.

Jennifer said...

Tess could very well have some good months, if not a couple of years, left. Putting the tumor out of your mind seems like a good plan to me.

I'm glad you enjoyed the party!

Bonnie said...

That party sounds delicious! I'm glad your granddaughter was there to help and I understand how special it is to have time with a grown grandchild. I have a grown granddaughter and of course they are so busy it is difficult to spend time with them. Happy (late) Birthday to your son!

Jacqui Fenner-Dixon said...

Sounds like a wonderful party and what a delicious spread you put on. So lovely to be surrounded by family and friends, there's nothing better.

Tom Stephenson said...

That all sounds grand, Weave. I have to say I am envious - I love tarragon.

angryparsnip said...

Gosh I wish I was there the food sounds wonderful. It sounds like you had a lovely Family celebration.
So happy Tess is better. I had to live with both Watson and thehamish with their health problems like Tess. Just enjoy everyday.
I did and had almost 2 years more of love.

cheers, parsnip

Virginia said...

What a happy occasion for you all. As to time with your granddaughter. I'm aware we are enjoying our grandson while he is a pre-schooler (we have him 1 1/2 days a week, lucky us!) but those are precious days - all too quickly he will not need us any more, and be far too busy with school and friends. Those cheese sandwiches with onion, carrot etc, remind me of what are called "Southland Cheese Rolls" and "World Famous In New Zealand" - they are a very similar recipe, but one slice of white bread, rolled/folded in thirds and slapped in a sandwich maker to brown. They are half a NZ joke - Southland is considered "backward and rural," it's farming country.

I'm so glad Tess is happy and active - long may it last.

thelma said...

Sounds a fabulous day and decent vegetarian food, the sandwich idea I shall keep. Glad Tess has recovered somewhat she sounds happy enough, that tooth must have been real painful.

Librarian said...

I had no doubt that it would be a great day and everything going well, what with you being so organised in everything you do. The food sounds lovely and I wonder how much was left over - it sounds like a LOT to eat for 10 people!
So glad Tess is back to normal, and I hope she'll stay like that for a long time to come. Also nice to know you are back to your preferred salmon dishes when eating out!
In Germany, Mothering Sunday is in May, and our Mum never wants anything specially done on that day. But my mother-in-law in Ripon got a bunch of flowers from me sent through a service I have been using for years, and know they deliver beautiful flowers on time.

Heather said...

Your family gathering for your son's 60th sounds perfect, and what a delicious spread too. How lovely to spend time with your grand daughter. My grandmother and I had a lovely relationship. So glad Tess is full of beans again. It must be such a relief for you.
My living room is full of beautiful flowers for Mothers' Day and I had plenty of visitors too. No special meal but we are all going out for lunch next weekend for my birthday.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

What could be better than great food and wonderful company. Being surrounded by loved ones is always the best.

I hope that Tess has many more good days.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A wonderful family occasion by the sound of it. I always avoid eating out on Mothering Sunday, my mother was also firmly against the idea which made things easy.

Peter said...

When my 11 year old collie was diagnosed with a brain tumor the vet said "take him home and love him as long as you can". I did and he lasted almost two more years before the inevitable. I hope the same for Tess.

Sue in Suffolk said...

Your family party sounds wonderful.

Minigranny said...

That sounds to have been a lovely weekend. Glad the party went so well!

Rachel Phillips said...

I would have had to stay in on Sunday to get over Saturday!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone. I needed cheering up today and you have managed it.

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