Can you wake up with a food hangover do you think? If you can over indulge to that point, well then I am the girl to do it. You see, being a piggy when it comes to eating means that I always eat more than I should, or need to, and I can at times find myself needing to put on a soft pant post dinner. What better place to partake in this favourite past time of mine than at a home cooked FEAST of traditional food cooked by someone who has been doing it their whole lives?
There have been a few times in my life where I have been lucky to get stuck into a such a feast – many years ago now we went to dinner at an Italian Mama’s house who worked in my Mum’s cafe. The food just kept on coming, and coming, and coming and when I thought we were done I realised that we hadn’t even started the main course! There was another Swedish dinner some years after that was filled with plates of fish and dill, potatoes and all kind of wonderful breads. These meals are so wonderful to sit at and enjoy. Trying new things and being fed with home cooked goodness just means love to me!
Last night we had such a feast at the very clever Year in My Garden‘s house. Jools is a wonderful gardener, photographer, friend and of course cook! We got to sample many a Greek delicacy from saganaki prawns, stuffed tomatoes with rice and lamb meat, roast potatoes, green beans and tomatoes, amazing shoulders of lamb that fell off the bone, fattoush salad (a little Lebanese deviation) and an amazing dessert of poached figs and some kind of nest like pastry. Needless to say my first plate was GROANING to the point where people commented on it, and the second (of COURSE there was a second) an outrageous display of a second dinner. You can bet that I helped clear the plates so I could sneak a few extra prawns out (no one needs left over seafood) and I waddled out of dinner into the cool autumn night a few kilos heavier.
What says kindness more than feeding people that you care for with home cooked goodness? Not much I don’t think.
Ever been to a traditional dinner where the food just keeps coming and coming?
What did you have?