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.
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.
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.
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…