Success! Two More Items Cleared From His Bucket List

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    Oct 20, 2017 7:39 PM GMT
    He’s been talking about wanting some French onion soup bowls. I searched online and they’re horribly expensive. He also wanted a cast iron frying pan (or skillet, as I still call them).

    Well today I took him over to a restaurant supply outlet. It’s like a warehouse. I phoned ahead to make sure it had the things he wanted. And they sell to the public, although normally they deal in large quantities.

    He got 6 French onion soup bowls, in a beautiful varigated brown glaze. And a cast iron skillet. Commerical grade, same as restaurants use. Also 1 au gratin dish, to replace the one our friend lost when he took it home with leftovers. I told him they were early Christmas gifts.

    Now he’s already planning a Sunday brunch for friends. I never heard of a brunch with French onion soup, but that’s his intention. I’ll make my wonderful scrambled eggs (blush icon_redface.gif ), or any other eggs to order. Mimosas, screwdrivers, sausages, pancakes, toast, bagels if they like, a selection of sliced fruits, anything they want.

    For Sunday breakfast I usually go with a basic all-white table theme, being morning - early afternoon, but perhaps some blue thrown in for a bit of color. Depends on my mood.

    Yeah, I can go with pure white tableware, but blue placemats and napkins. And perhaps blue candles and blue flowers. To bracket the white dinnerware with blue from top to bottom. Yeah, I think that’s a plan. Good! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 20, 2017 10:47 PM GMT
    We're back home now, evicted every Friday until our cleaning lady is finished. And he's as happy as a clam, as the saying goes (How does one know when a clam is happy? I had mussels for lunch today, another shellfish. Not sure how happy they were about it).

    He's got his iron frying pan on the counter. Gawd, it must weigh around 5 pounds, but then it's made for restaurant use. Actually not very expensive. And I put the 6 French onion soup bowls in the dishwasher to be cleaned & sanitized. I have no idea where we'll store it all.

    And wait until he finds all the clad copper cookware from Williams Sonoma I got him for Christmas. A lotta other stuff has gotta go, and I hope he doesn't start with me. icon_eek.gif

    Nah, I love to make him happy. And unlike the proverbial clam, I can usually read him a little better.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 21, 2017 1:23 AM GMT
    Plooje said
    art_deco saidHe’s been talking about wanting some French onion soup bowls. I searched online and they’re horribly expensive. He also wanted a cast iron frying pan (or skillet, as I still call them).

    Well today I took him over to a restaurant supply outlet. It’s like a warehouse. I phoned ahead to make sure it had the things he wanted. And they sell to the public, although normally they deal in large quantities.

    He got 6 French onion soup bowls, in a beautiful varigated brown glaze. And a cast iron skillet. Commerical grade, same as restaurants use. I told him they were early Christmas gifts.

    Now he’s already planning a Sunday brunch for friends. I never heard of a brunch with French onion soup, but that’s his intention. I’ll make my wonderful scrambled eggs (blush ), or any other eggs to order. Mimosas, screwdrivers, sausages, pancakes, toast, bagels if they like, a selection of sliced fruits, anything they want.

    For Sunday breakfast I usually go with an all-white table theme, being morning - early afternoon, but perhaps some blue thrown in for a bit of color. Depends on my mood.

    Yeah, I can go with pure white tableware, but blue placemats and napkins. And perhaps blue candles and blue flowers. To bracket the white dinnerware with blue from top to bottom. Yeah, I think that’s a plan. Good!


    Oh you are SO gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay.

    There. Does that make you feel good?
    All that blue on the Sunday brunch table makes him so democrat. Democrat, democrat, democrat, democrat, democrat. Good grief we know that Fart Deco is a loyal sycophant to the Democratic Party but this is ridiculous!
  • transient

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    Oct 21, 2017 7:32 PM GMT
    Plooje said
    art_deco saidHe’s been talking about wanting some French onion soup bowls. I searched online and they’re horribly expensive. He also wanted a cast iron frying pan (or skillet, as I still call them).

    Well today I took him over to a restaurant supply outlet. It’s like a warehouse. I phoned ahead to make sure it had the things he wanted. And they sell to the public, although normally they deal in large quantities.

    He got 6 French onion soup bowls, in a beautiful varigated brown glaze. And a cast iron skillet. Commerical grade, same as restaurants use. I told him they were early Christmas gifts.

    Now he’s already planning a Sunday brunch for friends. I never heard of a brunch with French onion soup, but that’s his intention. I’ll make my wonderful scrambled eggs (blush ), or any other eggs to order. Mimosas, screwdrivers, sausages, pancakes, toast, bagels if they like, a selection of sliced fruits, anything they want.

    For Sunday breakfast I usually go with an all-white table theme, being morning - early afternoon, but perhaps some blue thrown in for a bit of color. Depends on my mood.

    Yeah, I can go with pure white tableware, but blue placemats and napkins. And perhaps blue candles and blue flowers. To bracket the white dinnerware with blue from top to bottom. Yeah, I think that’s a plan. Good!


    Oh you are SO gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay.

    There. Does that make you feel good?


    You, Sir Plooje are a cunt.

    Leave the boy alone.

    And, yes, I do feel better for telling you that.

    Plus, theres an ignore button, you dont need to read Arts posts, or any other member you dont like.

    Please, you are a poison. STOP!
  • transient

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    Oct 21, 2017 7:34 PM GMT
    And to the second cunt above, my post reads just as easy for you.
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    Oct 21, 2017 11:55 PM GMT
    art_deco saidWe're back home now, evicted every Friday until our cleaning lady is finished. And he's as happy as a clam, as the saying goes (How does one know when a clam is happy? I had mussels for lunch today, another shellfish. Not sure how happy they were about it).

    He's got his iron frying pan on the counter. Gawd, it must weigh around 5 pounds, but then it's made for restaurant use. Actually not very expensive. And I put the the 6 French onion soup bowls in the dishwasher to be cleaned & sanitized. I have no idea where we'll store it all.

    And wait until he finds all the Williams Sonoma clad cookware I got him for Christmas. A lotta stuff has gotta go, and I hope he doesn't start with me. icon_eek.gif

    Nah, I love to make him happy. And unlike the proverbial clam, I can usually read him a little better.

    Very gay; but no homo.
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    Oct 22, 2017 12:47 AM GMT
    transient said
    You, Sir Plooje are a cunt.

    Leave the boy alone.

    And, yes, I do feel better for telling you that.

    Plus, theres an ignore button, you dont need to read Arts posts, or any other member you dont like.

    Please, you are a poison. STOP!

    I actually have that vermin on Ignore myself. You do know he's a sock of a former banned member here?

    As for my being gay, gay, gay, etc... yes, and I'm proud of it. Apparently being labeled that is a disgraceful put-down for some of my constant critics here. I wonder why?

    And moving on to roadrageRob, I simply happen to like blue & white in the morning, was decorating that way years before the concept of Blue & Red US States came into existence. Other times I go with a red accented theme. Have I suddenly turned Republican? Horrors!

    What a childish comment from him. As if I'd decorate our table to evoke arbitrary political elements. It mainly has a lot to do with what color our returning guests last saw, and what flowers I can acquire. Everything must match or compliment. Right down to the color and coordinating design of the place cards I have made, when we are entertaining 4 or more.

    And yeah, that is indeed gay, gay, gay. So sue me.
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    Oct 22, 2017 3:36 AM GMT
    I've some onion soy bowls, more like mugs, that I got from my grandmother.
    They have embossed onions on the outside.
    Hate to know how old they are, but still in good condition.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 22, 2017 3:57 AM GMT
    transient saidAnd to the second cunt above, my post reads just as easy for you.
    Go fuck yourself Mr. Goody Goody two shoes!
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    Oct 22, 2017 4:29 AM GMT
    art_deco said
    transient said
    You, Sir Plooje are a cunt.

    Leave the boy alone.

    And, yes, I do feel better for telling you that.

    Plus, theres an ignore button, you dont need to read Arts posts, or any other member you dont like.

    Please, you are a poison. STOP!

    I actually have that vermin on Ignore myself. You do know he's a sock of a former banned member here?

    As for my being gay, gay, gay, etc... yes, and I'm proud of it. Apparently being labeled that is a disgraceful put-down for some of my constant critics here. I wonder why?

    And moving on to roadrageRob, I simply happen to like blue & white in the morning, was decorating that way years before the concept of Blue & Red US States came into existence. Other times I sometimes go with a red accented theme. Have I suddenly turned Republican? Horrors!

    What a childish comment from him. As if I'd decorate our table to evoke arbitrary political elements. It mainly has a lot to do with what color our returning guests last saw, and what flowers I can acquire. Everything must match or compliment. Right down to the color and coordinating design of the place cards I have made, when we are entertaining 4 or more.

    And yeah, that is indeed gay, gay, gay. So sue me.

    Yep truly gay. But.........not homo.
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    Oct 22, 2017 6:21 AM GMT
    Oh, and BTW, here's one of my red table settings. I guess according to roadrageRob's "reasoning" this makes me a Republican. icon_eek.gif

    Please note that the plates and place cards carry the flowers theme. Are we not gay? icon_wink.gif

    (Extra points if you know the 1930s horror movie I'm paraphrasing)

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    Oct 22, 2017 5:02 PM GMT
    ^
    Looks wonderful.

    Was it something with Vincent Price?

    Btw, he and his wife were avid gastronomes and they wrote several cookery books.

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    Oct 22, 2017 5:50 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    Looks wonderful.

    Was it something with Vincent Price?

    Btw, he and his wife were avid gastronomes and they wrote several cookery books.

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    I have this book. Inherited it from my mom. She called it her bible. Everything in it is excellent if a bit old-school french. The fun thing is each section is from a different restaurant around the world which the preface describes, followed by a picture of the menu (including prices ca 1965), followed by a selection of recipes. Vincent Price being the celebrity he was, and before the day of celebrity chefs, he actually had access to the original recipes. I use 4-5 of the recipes and the section on sauces is better than Julia Child. Try the Scampi Aurora, broiled shrimp in olive oil, s&p, and lemon, drained then smothered in Hollandaise sauce and run under the broiler until bubbling a bit blackened, then over rice. A heart attack on a plate but unbelievable. I made it a lot when my kids were little- we just called it shrimp shit. lol Coquilles St Jacques Savannah. Best Yorkshire Pudding on the planet. The bernaise sauce. Lot of really good stuff, but old-school.
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    Oct 22, 2017 9:01 PM GMT
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    I have this book. Inherited it from my mom. She called it her bible. Everything in it is excellent if a bit old-school french. The fun thing is each section is from a different restaurant around the world which the preface describes, followed by a picture of the menu (including prices ca 1965), followed by a selection of recipes. Vincent Price being the celebrity he was, and before the day of celebrity chefs, he actually had access to the original recipes. I use 4-5 of the recipes and the section on sauces is better than Julia Child. Try the Scampi Aurora, broiled shrimp in olive oil, s&p, and lemon, drained then smothered in Hollandaise sauce and run under the broiler until bubbling a bit blackened, then over rice. A heart attack on a plate but unbelievable. I made it a lot when my kids were little- we just called it shrimp shit. lol Coquilles St Jacques Savannah. Best Yorkshire Pudding on the planet. The bernaise sauce. Lot of really good stuff, but old-school.


    Nice one. I've just ordered it on Amazon.
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    Oct 22, 2017 9:51 PM GMT
    Plooje said
    art_deco saidHe’s been talking about wanting some French onion soup bowls. I searched online and they’re horribly expensive. He also wanted a cast iron frying pan (or skillet, as I still call them).

    Well today I took him over to a restaurant supply outlet. It’s like a warehouse. I phoned ahead to make sure it had the things he wanted. And they sell to the public, although normally they deal in large quantities.

    He got 6 French onion soup bowls, in a beautiful varigated brown glaze. And a cast iron skillet. Commerical grade, same as restaurants use. I told him they were early Christmas gifts.

    Now he’s already planning a Sunday brunch for friends. I never heard of a brunch with French onion soup, but that’s his intention. I’ll make my wonderful scrambled eggs (blush ), or any other eggs to order. Mimosas, screwdrivers, sausages, pancakes, toast, bagels if they like, a selection of sliced fruits, anything they want.

    For Sunday breakfast I usually go with an all-white table theme, being morning - early afternoon, but perhaps some blue thrown in for a bit of color. Depends on my mood.

    Yeah, I can go with pure white tableware, but blue placemats and napkins. And perhaps blue candles and blue flowers. To bracket the white dinnerware with blue from top to bottom. Yeah, I think that’s a plan. Good!


    Oh you are SO gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay.

    There. Does that make you feel good?
    So what did you do this weekend? Beat off to gay midget porn again? Jealously is a bitch...later tubby
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    Oct 22, 2017 10:32 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    Nice one. I've just ordered it on Amazon.

    And here's what I believe is a first edition, from 1965. And I gotta tell yah, it smells like an ancient library book. It's 450 pages, one of my husband's biggest cookbooks. With what appears to be a lovely genuine leather cover. The gold foil still glistens, was causing a reflection into the camera lens, forcing me to insert my thumb to angle the cover up a bit.

    My husband has about 100 cookbooks. He had more, but gave many away when he downsized to this condo. Some are ethnic food cookbooks (Italian included, naturally), or by seasons, food categories, by celebrity chefs, by US region. You name it, he's got it.

    Nowadays he downloads from online into his computer, his current count is around 14,000 recipes. I organized them for him into about 60 folders, for seafood, meats, soups, vegetables, desserts, sauces, pastas, quiche, every kind of category. But he can also do a search, if he knows the key words he's looking for.

    He highlights the main recipe folder, then asks for chicken, for instance. Or parmesan. And gets everything that has those words in the recipe name, no matter what sub-folder it's in.

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    Oct 22, 2017 10:44 PM GMT
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    art_deco saidOh, and BTW, here's one of my red table settings. I guess according to roadrageRob's "reasoning" that makes me a Republican. icon_eek.gif

    Please note that the plates and place cards coordinate with the flowers. Are we not gay? icon_wink.gif

    (Extra points if you know the 1930s horror movie I'm paraphrasing)

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    Looks just like from that TV show about the snobby middle class woman who thought she was "upper crust."


    Oh that's lady muck, Hyacinth Bucket.
    Cooked by, Two Fat Ladies.
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    Oct 22, 2017 11:23 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    Looks wonderful.

    Was it something with Vincent Price?

    Btw, he and his wife were avid gastronomes and they wrote several cookery books.

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    Thanks! Nope, before Vincent Price was known, 1932. It's "The Island of Lost Souls", starring Charles Laughton as the mad doctor, of all people. Based on the novel "The Island of Doctor Moreau".

    The creature in charge of the other semi-articulate man-beasts, all deliberately mutated from common animals (eerily predating modern genetic manipulation concerns) was played by Bela Lugosi, the "Sayer of the Law". In order to keep the mutants under control Lugosi leads them in a litany of the law they must all repeat in unison and obey. And each line ends with the refrain: "Are we not men?" The rock group Devo later used that as a song lyric in 1978.

    Gays are not beasts, but sometimes I think we need to be reminded of who we really are. Of our strengths, hidden talents and abilities. Because others do portray us as dangerous beasts & freaks, and so we lose our self-confidence and self-image.

    The movie, BTW, has some very poignant moments, despite its horror genre. Although the author of the original story, H.G. Wells, did not like it, disapproving of the sensationalized horror story aspect. He wanted it presented more as a parable of unnatural, intrinsically evil manipulation.
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    Oct 24, 2017 3:41 AM GMT
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    art_deco said
    Gays are not beasts, but sometimes I think we need to be reminded of who we really are. Of our strengths, hidden talents and abilities.


    What are you talking about? "Who we really are." Huh?

    Are gay people some kind of stereotype?

    Don't straight people also have "strengths, hidden talents and abilities?"


    My homosexuality doesn't define one as a whole.
    I was also born a white, blond Aussie male.
    Who's lived ones "whole life" as a homosexual.
    Bona Fide Homosexual; a homo. Don't relate to that term, "gay" anymore. Since it was hijacked.
    Having never made a sexuality lifestyel change halfway though life, to live on the other side.
    Thus, I know who I am! Nothing complicated, Without the complexities of bisexuality.
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    Oct 25, 2017 8:14 PM GMT
    art_deco said
    Ex_Mil8 said
    Nice one. I've just ordered it on Amazon.

    And here's what I believe is a first edition, from 1965. And I gotta tell yah, it smells like an ancient library book. It's 450 pages, one of my husband's biggest cookbooks. With what appears to be a lovely genuine leather cover. The gold foil still glistens, was causing a reflection into the camera lens, forcing me to insert my thumb to angle the cover up a bit.

    My husband has about 100 cookbooks. He had more, but gave many away when he downsized to this condo. Some are ethnic food cookbooks (Italian included, naturally), or by seasons, food categories, by celebrity chefs, by US region. You name it, he's got it.

    Nowadays he downloads from online into his computer, his current count is around 14,000 recipes. I organized them for him into about 60 folders, for seafood, meats, soups, vegetables, desserts, sauces, pastas, quiche, every kind of category. But he can also do a search, if he knows the key words he's looking for.

    He highlights the main recipe folder, then asks for chicken, for instance. Or parmesan. And gets everything that has those words in the recipe name, no matter what sub-folder it's in.

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    The book arrived today. I've enjoyed reading it so far and I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes this weekend.
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    Oct 25, 2017 11:46 PM GMT
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    The book arrived today. I've enjoyed reading it so far and I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes this weekend.

    Super! Please tell us how this weekend goes. We'll be cooking, too, but on a far more plebeian plane than Mr. Price did. We're having 4 friends over for a simple Sunday brunch.

    Challenging for us is that one of these friends owns a restaurant. While not a chef there himself, he's still a rather good cook in his own right. Plus his head chef is competing in the US TV version of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen".

    I told my husband about Destinharbor's comment that the sauces section from that cookbook are better than Julia Child. He seemed surprised, but I don't think he's touched that book in perhaps 2 decades or more. Nor does he hardly ever do sauces, except in Italian dishes, but maybe together we can learn.

    Again, hope your weekend fun with the Price cookbook goes well. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 26, 2017 7:40 AM GMT
    this??? lol
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    Oct 26, 2017 9:31 PM GMT
    BTW, I did decide on a red table setting. Similar to my photo above. Except the center of the table will be cleared for service, since this is a brunch. With other items placed on a separate serving table, since this will have elements of the buffet.

    Lacking a center arrangement, I'd like to have a red flower in small individual vases that I already have, at each of the 6 settings. Not sure about candles yet. More a decorative statement, and I'd rather have the space with 6 people. And this is a brunch, not an evening meal. I think I can dispense with the candles this time.

    I'll consult my book on napkin folding. Too often I take the easy way by using napkin rings. This book has over 100 ways to fold table napkins, kinda like oregami. I think that I, and our guests, deserve a change.

    And does doing a red table setting now make me a Conservative Republican, according to roadrageRob? Versus doing a Liberal blue?

    I sincerely hope not. I wonder, when I do a black & white theme, one of my favorites, what that makes me in his model of political table settings? Gawd forbid I should ever do anything green, I can't imagine how he would classify that. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 29, 2017 11:35 AM GMT
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    Super! Please tell us how this weekend goes. We'll be cooking, too, but on a far more plebeian plane than Mr. Price did. We're having 4 friends over for a simple Sunday brunch.

    Challenging for us is that one of these friends owns a restaurant. While not a chef there himself, he's still a rather good cook in his own right. Plus his head chef is competing in the US TV version of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen".

    I told my husband about Destinharbor's comment that the sauces section from that cookbook are better than Julia Child. He seemed surprised, but I don't think he's touched that book in perhaps 2 decades or more. Nor does he hardly ever do sauces, except in Italian dishes, but maybe together we can learn.

    Again, hope your weekend fun with the Price cookbook goes well. icon_biggrin.gif


    Thanks.

    I made Breast of Chicken Au Champagne (from The Whitehall Club, Chicago) and Souffle Au Grand Marnier (from Tour d'Argent, Paris).

    Neither was too challenging. My guests cleaned their plates, so it must have been a passable effort. The souffle rose well and stayed aloft during serving, though it was slightly under-cooked inside, so I'll probably give it an extra 5 min next time.

    Anyway, after all that butter and cream, it's off to the gym!
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    Oct 29, 2017 11:47 AM GMT
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    art_deco said
    Super! Please tell us how this weekend goes. We'll be cooking, too, but on a far more plebeian plane than Mr. Price did. We're having 4 friends over for a simple Sunday brunch.

    Challenging for us is that one of these friends owns a restaurant. While not a chef there himself, he's still a rather good cook in his own right. Plus his head chef is competing in the US TV version of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen".

    I told my husband about Destinharbor's comment that the sauces section from that cookbook are better than Julia Child. He seemed surprised, but I don't think he's touched that book in perhaps 2 decades or more. Nor does he hardly ever do sauces, except in Italian dishes, but maybe together we can learn.

    Again, hope your weekend fun with the Price cookbook goes well. icon_biggrin.gif


    Thanks.

    I made Breast of Chicken Au Champagne (from The Whitehall Club, Chicago) and Souffle Au Grand Marnier (from Tour d'Argent, Paris).

    Neither was too challenging. My guests cleaned their plates, so it must have been a passable effort. The souffle rose well and stayed aloft during serving, though it was slightly under-cooked inside, so I'll probably give it an extra 5 min next time.

    Anyway, after all that butter and cream, it's off to the gym!

    Lovies, girls, sweeties.
    We must simply do, High Tea at Claridges.