My visitors departed this morning after a pleasant week-end together. Saturday was an awful day weather wise so we just went on a small sortis to a local garden centre where they bought one or two plants for their garden and where I bought two more conifers for my new plot and some plant supports for the back garden. As luck would have it my gardener came this afternoon and put my conifers in for me and also the plant supports.
Sunday was a better day and stayed sunny all day.
We went out to lunch, calling for friend W on the way. After lunch we sat over a pot of tea in the bar for half an hour. In the evening we relaxed
and watched Country File and the Antiques Roadshow. Finally for the last couple of hours we did various quizzes from our papers - trying to test our brains but really by that time the wine had gone to our heads.
Before they went this morning they kindly took Tess for a walk for me. I did the washing of bedding and towels because another visitor is coming on Wednesday so speed is of the essence.
Now, late in the afternoon, I am very tired.
Several people have asked for the recipe I did for Saturday lunch. Really it is not a recipe at all, just an assembly job. But it is tasty and does not take a lot of preparation.
Take two slices of good quality cooked ham per person. I used 1 leek and 1 celery heart (tinned) per person, cooking the leek be fore hand.
Wrap a slice of ham round the leek, celery heart, chicory or whatever you choose in the way of a wrappable vegetable. Lay in a dish. Cover with a pint of cheese sauce and grate parmesan over the top. Then put in a good hot oven to heat up and maybe finish under the grill to brown the parmesan. I served mine with purple sprouting broccoli and baby broad beans. Delicious and very easy.