A Bit Of A Do!

When your wife gets to that certain age that we can't mention, but is nearer to 100 than it is to zero, you just have to have 'a bit of a do' for the family.

It was only when I looked at the photos that I realised that many of the recipes have featured here. There again, I always advise people never to cook anything new for guests, so I suppose that's inevitable.

Owing to the numbers, I needed to have things that didn't require the use of a knife and fork. I also wanted something that wasn't just the standard pork pie, scotch egg and cheese-board type thing, but that would still appeal to some of the more 'conservative eaters' in the family.

The buffet table:

More food waiting in the fridge:

The Thurlaston Sausage and Savoury Vegetarian Rolls made with The 'Roughest' Rough Puff . I used a Vegetable shortening for the vegetarian ones (front):

Hummus and Olive on Water Biscuits along with Cucumber and Cream Cheese:

Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Sour Cream in Pastry Cases, Pâté and Cornichon on Croute, and Tuna Pâté and Cucumber on Water Biscuits:


Onion Bhajis and Tamarind Chutney (sauce not shown):

Bacon and Cheese Quiche and Onion Confit Quiche (pictured):

Sandwiches, Pauline's Ham, Egg, Cheese, Fresh Salmon and Cucumber, and Chicken Tikka Wraps:

There were also a variety of home-made dips: Marie Rose (Tomato sauce, Yogurt and Mayo), Blue Cheese (Stilton, Cream and Yogurt), Garlic Mayonnaise, and Salsa.

To follow was Chocolate 'fudge' Cake:

Cup Cakes courtesy of my daughter Hannah:

...and a superb Birthday Cake (that I forgot to photograph) made by a friend of my daughter Emma.

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There are five comments


That looks delicious, I am definitely giving the chocolate cake a go

Alittlebitsheepish, (Email ) (URL) - 28-07-’11 06:48

I’m just SO disappointed. It appears that my invitation got lost in the post; you did address it to me at "The Earl Shilton Home for the Bewildered" didn’t you?

That food looks fabulous. It must have taken the caterers many hours to prepare.

Any chance of left-overs for a poor old pensioner?

Keith, (Email ) (URL) - 28-07-’11 10:06

I’m glad I didn’t see this post until after lunch. It looks like food for 200 people. Happy Birthday wishes to your wife (belated); I hope she enjoyed her party.

NCPaul, - 29-07-’11 19:15

Awesome looking spread Phil, I’m sure it tasted as good as it looks. Tell Mrs Wheel’s Happy Birthday for me too!

DanMcG, - 02-08-’11 09:46

Keith – it must have got lost in the post!

Many thanks Dan and Paul.

Mrs Phil says thanks as well – that is after she thumped me for broadcasting her milestone birthday all over the web!

Phil, (Email ) (URL) - 02-08-’11 16:34

I'm somewhat incapacitated at present so replies may take some time. Please post urgent enquiries at the www.sausagemaking.org forum.

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