Last weekend it struck me that I may have chosen my future husband based almost entirely on his and his family's love of good food and wine. The Boy and I spent another very enjoyable weekend tucking into foodie treats at The In-Laws'. The highlight of my Easter break was sampling course after course of home-cooked meals, washed down with plenty of Champagne. As well as Easter, always a good excuse to eat lots of yummy dinners followed by copious amounts of chocolate, we had three birthdays in the family to celebrate. The Mother-in-Law served up some delicious celebratory dishes, interspersed with bouts of piano playing, trips to The Allotment to work up an appetite for the next feast, and after-dinner dancing in the garden lit by The Father-in-Law's new parasol heaters and roaring Chiminea!
|Tea, cake and Pink Fizz|
I loved the decadent home-made strawberry gateau with sparkling wine and cups of tea served in elegant oriental-designed china.
|Hanging out in Ma's kitchen|
I enjoyed peeling potatoes, pouring drinks, and pontificating in the kitchen with Ma, whilst exploring the wonders of the fridge and her collection of condiments.
|Melon and Meats!|
I could eat an entire meal made up of appetisers and hors d'oeuvres so I was delighted by the platters we had before every meal - melon and meats with Italian-style antipasti dotted throughout, and smoked salmon and prawns with crisp juicy cucumber slices.
|Fish and Fizz|
The pièce de résistance was the roast turkey served on Easter Sunday - moist, succulent and accompanied by perfect crispy roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, and a peppery-cheese topped vegetable bake. As the Sis-In-Law whispered in awe, it was like Christmas Dinner!
|Easter Turkey with all the trimmings|
Aside from all the cooking and eating, we managed to squeeze in a visit to The Bro-In-Law's huge allotment to check up on the fledgling produce to be added to future feasts! On our next trip to see The Fam, I'm hoping to sample some home-grown asparagus, garlic and broad beans. In the meantime, I'll be in the garden frantically planting our own attempts at the good life...!
|An urban haven|