Festive Lunch

raw devils

January 3rd, 2012

I went to a large, 14 person lunch, at Sue’s house last Friday, the day before New Year’s Eve. Sue runs The Art of Puddings, so I knew that we were in for a feast!

devils on horseback

Sue cooked Devils on Horseback as an Hors d’oeuvre – prunes wrapped in streaky bacon, baked in the oven until they are crispy. Devils on Horseback are a variation of Angels on Horseback – an oyster wrapped in bacon, then griddled or baked. The prunes inside these Devils, were stuffed with an almond, which gave them a nice crunch. They went very well with the Prosecco we were drinking.

herring niçoise

Our first course is probably best described as a Salad Niçoise variation, with herring as the fish plus pomegranate arils and a mango purée, oil and vinegar dressing.


The main course consisted of delicious beef and pork meatballs on pasta with parmesan and peas. The meatballs were so good I had a second helping!

green salad

There was a healthy green salad too, but the closest I got to it was with the camera… We drank red wine with this course – I seem to remember a few different bottles, including Chilean Merlot, Australian Shiraz and Spanish Crianza.

sticky toffee pudding

Sue made 14 individual Sticky Toffee Puddings – the fireworks were optional. I’m not generally a pudding man, but these were excellent!

sloe gin

After pudding we had coffee and home made Sloe Gin.


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11 Responses to Festive Lunch

  1. What a horrible, dull, hungry life you lead….not!! Everything sounds gorgeous and reminds me that I also bought some fireworks to put onto/into desserts but never used. Will have to remember where I put them. We did bacon wrapped in dates on Christmas Day – what would they be called?

    • Mad Dog says:

      Tu también! Bacon wrapped dates are also called Devils on Horseback 😉
      I hadn’t noticed the fireworks, they were on the table amongst the festive decorations. Mine was thrust into the pudding when I started to photograph it – it was all beyond my control! It does look good though.

  2. Very neat menu – the Nicoise with herring is a cool idea.

  3. Karen says:

    Devils on Horseback as delicious. The added almond must have added a lovely flavor. It would be impossible to eat just one. It sounds like a great luncheon.

  4. peasepudding says:

    What fun, you do have a great group of foodies friends. You have just reminded me that i have Damson Gin brewing in the back of the cupboard…must crack it open

  5. azahar says:

    Bacon-wrapped dates are a typical starter here in Spain but I’ve never heard of the oyster version before – sounds even better!

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