|The happy couple and the lovely man|
I did briefly mention in my London visit, that my son had announced his engagement when we met up as a family on my birthday evening. It's an item that warrants more attention, the meal in the Hansom Cab (pub not taxi) was rubbish, and the atmosphere was lacking, so I decided we needed a real celebration.
I spent Friday shopping and cooking ready for a special family get together that evening. To begin with, we had lychee rose martinis which I cannot recommend highly enough (well actually to begin with we had TFI Friday G&Ts because we couldn't wait for the whole gang to arrive). Then with nibbles, we cracked open the champagne and I produced the meal which I had modelled on my previous Friday night at Tom's Kitchen (ambitious I know, but I think it worked out ok). We had 7 hour lamb with local leg of lamb (which I think was a bit of a waste, shoulder is definitely the better cut for cooking long and slow) on a bed of cannelini beans and garlic, and then my piece de resistance, and instead of an engagement cake was a heart shaped Baked Alaska!
We had a lovely evening, we all had a bit of a head the next day but it was well deserved.
It was a moment I would have loved to glimpse in a crystal ball 26 years ago when he was a very poorly 2 year old with leukaemia. I love a happy ending don't you?