Firstly pick fresh flowers for the vases. These cerise ixias I don't care for in the garden but they pick and mix quite well. In fact the more I have tried to get rid of them in the garden the more they seem to multiply ( I do however love the white ones I have. )
Luckily I had 24 hours notice that friends were coming for lunch today, so got some supplies.The last time these 2 lovely folk visited I forgot that M had recently found out he had Coeliac disease and I had prepared the wrong things to eat. Determined not to do that again I was left with the dilemma of what to have for lunch. When I analysed my list of recipes loads seemed to have flour in all it's forms as an ingredient.
Finally I decided last night I would cook a whole chicken and have that cold with salad and new potatoes.
Still not out of the woods I decided to leave the salad all separate so everyone could choose for themselves.( radish, avocado and lettuce from our property )
I also lashed out and bought some of these. "Perlas." - Pre -washed little gourmet potatoes. Very expensive but absolutely delicious. As good as your own freshly dug new ones. With mint of course.
I did the same with afters . I put little dishes with dark chocolate; peeled segmented oranges ( ours ) strawberries; crackers and cheeses.
I included rice crackers. I didn't say anything but was a bit alarmed when I saw M eating the others crackers instead. I decided to say nothing .
With a chilled bottle of Oyster Bay it all went down well. In no time at all it was 3 pm. How did that happen? I guess we can make up time at the weekend if weather permits.
I am now making sure I keep rice crackers; rice flour; arrowroot; polenta and besan flour in the pantry. One of my favourite things to make is fritters ( all sorts ) and most of these with practise can be adapted.( to non gluten ) I know many of you prepare food for family with special dietary needs and with practise it becomes second nature.
By the time I cleared up I decided it wasn't worth going to the orchard so I cut out some fabric; pressed some more; watered my new plants; went for a walk and generally had a day off ( sort of ). How was your day?
PS Thank you all for your lovely comments ...I love hearing from you all.