Over the weekend we went up to Sea View to celebrate Nick's birthday. We had a wonderful, relaxing, adventurous time. The weather was unbelievable, warm and clear. I promised Nick I would make him anything he wanted for his birthday dinner... I think he has moved entirely into adulthood, as he requested sauerkraut soup and roasted Brussels sprouts for his special meal. The soup was really wonderful and hearty, I forgot the Brussels though. We ate the soup with crusty cheesy bread and salad. A friend of ours arrived before dinner with a roast chicken and so I roasted some potatoes and we really feasted.
When we got home the next morning we were all exhausted. Back to work we went, and for dinner we didn't feel like cooking. Our solution was simple, snacks! We love bread, cheese, smoked fish, smoked meat, jam, mustard, anything you can pile on or glop together in a convenient and wonderfully satisfying bite sized taste.
We dined, or snacked, or picked at a sourdough baguette, a lovely soft cheese, pickled anchovies, smoked oysters, smoked sprats, and some (mind-blowing, if you don't mind me tooting my own horn) tomato jam I made awhile back. To round the meal up we made a simple salad of greens and herbs.
Dinner was amazing, and we didn't have to lift a finger, other than to pop a piece of fish in our mouth.