Three Score & Ten

wreckage-002-smallThe Wreckage – all that was left the following day.

The day before the wreckage was my 70th Birthday Party otherwise know as Bethesdabrunchin’. That’s the trouble with bakers – you invite a load of them from all round the country for a Sunday afternoon and bugger me if they don’t all turn up. It was Bethesdabakin’ without the bakin’.

Except for me. Birthday boy was up at 6.00 a.m. baking rustic bread rolls and a couple of 2K focacce. The rolls were supposed to be 50g but I can’t do arithmatic at that time of the morning so they came out at 100g – 40 of them.

foc-004-smallAt the back, rosemary, olive and red onion. At the front, pear & rosemary, cherry tomato, shiitake & garlic, red & black grape with fennel seed. Never saw a crumb of it myself.

Photographically there’s a large gap whilst Sue and I set up a production line for the gannets who hardly noticed they’d already demolished the focacce. Cast iron pan on the hob + a double flat-sided skillet on a propane burner churning out pork, vegetarian and vegan quesadillas (80+ wheat tortillas previously made) + two enchilada salsas, a bucket of frijoles refritos, rice a la Mexicana, cheese, soured cream, shredded lettuce and pickled red onions. That slowed them down a bit.

Later, of course, what they’d really came for:
cake-002-smalla table of cakes (note Rick’s positioning – front stalls again) Sue’s mini pavlovas at the front, her pear, rosemary and spelt alongside Shaun’s cheesecake, Maggie’s cakes being passed by Sue.

70-cake-smallPam’s stunning Lemon Drizzle Cake.

cake-003-smallWhat can you say? Steffi’s amazing Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte and Shaun’s second cheesecake.

Coals to Newcastle time:
bday-bread-smallGareth’s famous Marmite Bread and Rick’s very authentic (if sourdough) Mothers Pride.

Fabulous afternoon – thanks to everyone especially Steffi and Shaun for furniture removal and storage and particularly Sue who is freaked out by the very thought of parties …

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5 thoughts on “Three Score & Ten

  1. It was all magnificent! Thanks to you and Sue for all your hard work – I’m only sorry we had to dash off so early. Still, I guess that meant more of Jay’s cider for you…

  2. Sounds like great fun. Promise I’ll come for,the 80th regardless of continental drift (I’ve been drifting sooooofar these days…)

  3. Only just seen this – must make a correction – not lemon drizzle but Nigella’s Damp lemon and almond cake. Very delightful afternoon all round – hoping to repeat the process in Mostyn Terrace very soon!

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