Then Raymond arrived and came an spoke to each of us before meeting his chefs for a brief chat before the demo started.
|A visit to the busy kitchen|
|A visit to the busy kitchen|
Everything was explained in detail and we had printed recipes on the tables. We also got to sample the different courses as they were cooked. One of the great things about the day was that anyone could watch this cookery demonstration completely free. Raymond had been tweeting about it during the morning and inviting people to come and watch.
The Summer Berry Pavlova that was whipped up in no time was very hard to pass on to other eager hands. It was truly delicious and the passion Raymond has for the food he makes is inspiring.
What can I say expect this was wonderful chocolate mousse made from dark good quality chocolate, whipped egg whites and a little lemon juice and sugar. Raymond is such a gent and his staff are all as really nice.
One of the lovely things about the day was meeting other compers like @SuperluckyDi and @twydalldee. We also met a couple my daughter Katrina and I cooked with at The Waitrose Cookery School in January.
Another bonus for some of my star struck family members was seeing Russell Brand go into brasserie blanc during the demonstration on the terrace. He and his friend seemed to make a reservation and then come out again. I wasn`t quick enough with the camera to catch a photo of him.
We then had our meal in the stunning resturant complete with candlelight and excellent service. I chose Pea and herb soup, Salmon and summer veg and of course the chocolate mousse. A glass of wine and a wonderful memorable afternoon was enjoyed by everyone in our group of nine. My family treated me to Raymond new book Kitchen Secrets by Raymond Blanc which he signed for me.
As you can see these guys are a good laugh and the photo was taken at my son Mark and Daughter-in-law Dawns wedding. Mark is third right and my other son Anthony is far left. As they were all wearing kilts the Can Can seemed a great photo opportunity. Love the faces on them all and the Welsh Dragon undies. The wedding was in a castle in Wales hence the dragon.
Now I am not really sure if they feed us or not tomorrow or if we simply watch a demonstration smile and leave. I certainly hope that we get to try making whatever we see and then try eating it with a little french wine. The lads will be heading straight for Mcdonalds otherwise and giving me a bit of light hearted grief. Will post some photos and let you know how it all went.
|The Famous Egyptian Staircase|
Katrina in Harrods
The queues for the eye can be quite long so I try to go late afternoon when it doesn`t seems quite so busy.
Who can resist the Carousel
Busker on the Bridge
Taking a packed lunch and buying a cheap all day travel card and London is ours for the day. It is on our doorstep really just thirty minutes by train aren`t we lucky. When we moved from Southport Merseyside ten years ago I thought I would never settle in the South. I missed the beach and the people. Now I can`t imagine not living close to London.
Then it was off to Bella Italia for dinner with our Tesco vouchers before the theatre with our £15.00 tickets. I buy most of my theatre tickets from the theatre saga site as I find you get better seats than lastminute.com. No you do not have to be old to buy tickets from the saga site if that's what you are thinking. We went to see Mama Mia in Leicester Square which is a brilliant funny musical. As a frugal tourist you can see a lot in London.
|Archie waits patiently while I snap the Heron|
The patient fisherman
This lovely Heron was as still as stone while he waited for his dinner to pass by. I didn`t get the lighting right on the water but I was still pleased to get the Heron with the duck staying just out of his reach.
This cheeky geese got some bread the swan had earmarked for himself then hot footed it away.
Shall we get away from the riff raff?
Although the sun is warm today and the forecast looks good for the weekend the trees are already starting to change colour. Where did summer go then? scary isn`t it how quickly we are looking into Autumn.
I hope that's bread in that bag
It is a lovely park and St Albans is an interesting place full of Roman history Tudor buildings and good shops. It is a city but a very small one and the Cathedral is worth a visit and inside you will find the Abbott's cafe which is very nice. It is only half an hour on the train from London. Jamie Oliver has opened a Jamie's Italian in St Albans although I haven`t managed to go yet probably because I haven`t won a meal there. I have heard its excellent and do have it on my wish list.
|Zoom works well - Rooftops|
Talking of wins I have won yet more tickets to the Paralimpics this time for swimming which is one of the sports I really wanted to see. Really pleased with that. My social life would be almost non-existent without comping and I love winning tickets to things. There is a an exciting blogging comp to visit Japan which I know some people would love to win. For me though I wouldn`t be entering that one as I`m more a weekend in Europe kind of girl.
Skylines and Towers
Rooftops of Parliment
I am getting a new camera on Wednesday and look forward to taking it out and about and seeing what I can capture. I am also going to a cookery masterclass by none other than Raymond Blanc on 29th so that should be interesting. I will make sure I get plenty of photos.
|Alex the Donkey|
Alex blocks my way into the chicken house. You will give me something first even though I have a whole field of grass to eat! no arguing with that then.
Do hurry up with all this food an water malarky on the field. I want to go and chase the rabbits.
Want me to do a backflip? roll over? do the dying fly act? give us a biscuit then and I will.
|Three of the six ducks|
Right when she comes in here to open the gate you get the left foot, I`ll get the right and you can go straight for the backside.
The boss hen of the six I call her Brenda after a boss I once had who got her feathers ruffled easily.
Trouble this one should have been called he likes nothing better than to wreck the chicken and duck houses given a chance. He is a right character and very funny to watch.
I am in Wales looking after my son Mark and daughter-in-laws Dawns lovely home and animals while they are away for a few days.
The sun is shining today and last night as I walked the dogs I saw a stunning sunset.
The views are lovely around here and it is easy to get used to the quiet of the countryside.
Must go and walk the dogs now though so I can ignore the countryside and watch the Olympics.