I didn’t have much time to cook for the garden party lil’sis & threw for 50 people & 15 infants last Saturday. The plan was to cook all day on Friday, and have Saturday for organising & unpacking the Tesco home delivery before the guests arrived from 1pm. The plan upended when lil’sis had an accident at Bristol Station and we didn’t get home from hospital until 4am on Friday morning.
In the end I slept & mooched around in the day, & went for super simple food that took a total of five or so hours, spread between a scant 3hrs cooking on Friday night & a couple of hours on Saturday morning, with chopping help from Miss P on Sat am. Sausages for the grown-ups, chipolatas for the infants, lots of salads and four puddings…
So Friday: I grilled a large batch of courgettes, made two purees – a roasted aubergine & yogurt one, and a knockout garlic & chickpea one, roasted & skinned long pointy red peppers, cooked a kilo of couscous ready for pilaf-ing in the morning, & then knocked up a fat Victoria sponge, a pound of paté brisée for fruit tarts, and a strawberry jelly with skinned & chopped white peaches for the infants. I also made two dozen scones but they were crap so I binned them.
On Saturday morning I made my apple cake with cinnamon crumble topping, prepared the ingredients for the couscous, made tomato salads, a litre of creme patissiere, boiled new potatoes with mint, chopped up fruit for Pimms, and made cruditiés for the dips.
Best comment of the day about the food after the event (found on Twitter):
“Honestly, all a bit of a gin-induced blur – I know I tried all 4 (puddings), and loved every morsel. Also, I stole the children’s fruit jelly.”