Our final one in the series was at Donna’s. The setting was lovely: a beautiful house with a snug room made all the more alive by the wood burner, and a large open kitchen, the table laid with homemade slate table mats and coasters! What more could you ask?
To begin, we had a selection of nuts and crisps with a sweet chilli dip. We then moved into the kitchen and were excited to find a scratch-card each in our places. Quickly agreeing to share the £100,000 when one of us won, we eagerly began our starter: Asparagus wrapped in mozzarella and pancetta with a rocket salad. The asparagus was cooked perfectly with some bite left in it, and the saltiness and crispiness from the pancetta complemented the creamy cheese perfectly.
Next, as we couldn’t wait any longer, was the chance to win some money. Does £1 count? Only one of us found it, but there you go…we still had the rest of the dinner to look forward to!
And with grilled trout with a selection of roasted vegetables, spinach and sliced potatoes, you couldn’t have asked for more. I’ve never had trout before, thinking it to be too slimy, but that was all in my imagination, as this was cooked well, sprinkled with pine nuts to give another texture and the crème-fraiche and horseradish (I don’t actually think it was horseradish but can’t remember what it was – Donna, can you add a comment under this post to tell me please! Sorry,) mayonnaise was lovely. Our host was cross with herself as, whilst pouring the wine, she left the potatoes in for longer than anticipated, but they were still tasty, and, lets’ be honest, wine is more important than potatoes!
Last up was ‘Crunchie Surprise’. And as we delved deeper, we found the surprise: a Malteser! This was simply crumbled Crunchie, and a Maltester, with natural yoghurt spooned on top, then more Crunchie and a drizzle of honey: Rich, creamy and sweet.
The girl done well! Having never cooked for anyone other than her partner and her parents before, she knew what she liked to eat and hoped we’d like it too – which we did! A success. We then retired to the snug and a huge cheeseboard was delivered with grapes, celery and all the other accoutrements you can think of! Stacy was catered for with a little round of Boursin while the rest of us dug into the stilton and brie whilst trying to guess who were were from the answers to our 20-questions!
A lovely evening…now we wait for the results, delivered, hopefully, on a ‘Best of the Best’ evening where we each take everyone’s favourite course: Amuse Bouche and Mackerel Pate from mine, Grilled Trout from Donna’s, Sticky Toffee Pudding from Stacy’s and last, but not least, Cheesecake from Jemma’s. Can’t wait!