3 January 2011


My lovely Wife and I spent New years with great friends, Stuart and Karen and their two daughters, Chloe and Annabelle. Stuart is a great amateur Chef and together we cooked up some fantastic recipes. We did a great three course dinner on new years eve and had a buffet dinner on new years day. I really had a great time cooking and it is so rewarding to cook for people that really appreciate their food. Chloe and Annabelle are aged 13 and 9 and have fantastic palettes for their age and ate everything that we cooked. I must also give Karen so much credit as she did a great job cleaning up after two chefs in her kitchen.

New years eve Menu


Seared scallops, salsa verdi.
Fragrant basmati rice with lemon zest and cracked black pepper.


Traditional beef fillet Wellington, served rare.
Wrapped in crisp puff pastry with wild mushroom and bacon pate.

Served with;
 Buttered carrots, glazed with fennel seed, 
honey roast parsnips, 
green beans, saute with streaky bacon.
  Red wine and dijon mustard gravy.


Karen's special chocolate chip brownies with vanilla icecream.

Honey roast parsnips, 

Karen, Chloe, Stuart, Annabelle, Karen.

New year day menu

Roast leg of pork in tandoori marinade.
Served with pilau rice, vegetable pakora, poppadom, sweet chili dip,
garlic flat breads, pork crackling and cumin, ginger and coriander gravy.

Roast tandoori pork

Flat breads

Vegetable pakoras