Diamond Jubilee Party

jubilee kitchen

June 4th, 2012

On Monday I celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee chez Rick and Su in Golders Green (one could say it was a Jew-bilee party). A considerable amount of work went into the food, which contained traditional British picnic favourites – some with a little twist.


Groucho put together a very tongue in cheek menu – click to read it.

jubilee table

I did cheese and pineapple on cocktail sticks, with a difference – they had a sprinkling of Japanese Nanami Togarashi (assorted chilli pepper, orange peel, sesame seeds, ginger and seaweed), making them hot and citrusy. I also helped in preparing smoked salmon sandwiches and my roast beef and yorkshire pudding tapas – invented for Oli’s Homage to Cataluña shoot in November.


Everyone brought a dish, such as salads, cheeses, cakes and of course copious quantities of wine.

strawberry pavlova

Sue Aron produced a home made meringue base and proceeded to decorate it with strawberries, cream and caramel. I’m no pudding lover (as you probably know), but this was fantastic – see here for her recipe.

jubilee fireworks

At 9.45 we walked up to Golders Hill Park (my favourite as a child) to see the firework display and the lighting of a Jubilee Beacon (sparklers and bottles of wine in hand). To my inebriated eyes the fireworks were excellent, there were some problems with the beacon, but it didn’t seem to matter, as we walked back down the hill to rejoin the party…

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18 Responses to Diamond Jubilee Party

  1. This is amazing!



  2. Sounds like you had a good time:)

  3. Brilliant post (still chuckling over the menu and the Jew-bilee thing)! I was feeling very nostalgic for the UK this past weekend watching bits on iPlayer (thanks…managed to sort it out!) and love all the food that was prepared. Sounds like it was great fun 🙂

    • Mad Dog says:

      It was a very patriotic weekend. I saw Fergus this morning, he said he saw a lot of tears on the Mall during the Monday festivities (himself included – bless).
      I’m so glad you got the iPlayer working. I was amazed how the Queen and Prince Phillip had the stamina to stand and wave all afternoon, Sunday. Not to mention the singers with the Royal Philharmonic, singing for dear life in the pouring rain!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Sounds like you all had a great time of it. That strawberry pavlova was incredible! But you’ve made no mention of the Queen dropping by or, in her stead, some lesser Royal. Princess Eugenie, perhaps? Well, I’ve a feeling that you’re the type that doesn’t need a crowned head to have a good time. And it was good to read that you had a good time. 🙂

    • Mad Dog says:

      Just Sultan Sareen 😉
      It was an excellent day and it would seem that the population of London (and hopefully the whole of Britain) were in high spirits all weekend.

  5. God Save the Queen!
    Wonderful party 🙂

  6. peasepudding says:

    What a great day, I miss all the royals ‘knees ups’. The menu gave us a laugh

  7. ceciliag says:

    You guys have the best posh pot luck dinners.. what a wonderful group of friends you have.. stunning!

  8. It all looks fantastic, especially your cheese and pineapple with a spicy twist, and the pavlova! I was too slow at our party – it was all gone by the time I got to pudding! Love the Jew-bilee crack too!!

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Fiona. Oddly when I’ve made lots of food I tend to eat less of it – I like to step back and have a drink and chat before eating. I did try everything, but the favourite things go very quickly at the beginning.

  9. Karen says:

    You are part of the best parties ever!

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