Round 4 of our local ‘Come Dine With Me’ actually took place sometime in September, but in true Amy fashion, I’ve neglected the blog for several months so I’m tackling the backlog.
- Bertie (a.k.a. Matt)
- Pork Chop (a.k.a. Mat – yes, we really have 3 Matts)
We headed along to Matthew & Bertie’s for cava in the bedroom. I know what you’re thinking: in the bedroom? Tory houses are small and Bertie was cooking in the kitchen, the lounge was full of a table and it was a bit too chilly for a drink in the garden. Anyways, it worked out great, though, and they’ve got a great view of Bradford-on-Avon up there!
As, usual, I took more than a few photos of Alfie. I always have dog envy!
It reminds me a little of this:
Anyways, back to the evening. Bertie zipped up and down the stairs, preparing his starter and topping up the cava.
The teddy bear is a cute touch.
The thing about our Tory houses is that they’re small cottages that were built for smaller people. I love the cozy feeling that Tory houses provide, especially when it’s raining outside!
Bertie asked us to dress English country style. I think Matthew won the participation award!
Alf made himself at home!
Seriously, how gorgeous is this view?!
We headed down to the lounge for dinner, eagerly anticipating our starters. There were pretty flowers on the table and it was a really nice atmosphere.
The starter arrived! Bertie served us grilled duck breast with mango salsa and homemade flatbreads. I’m not usually a big duck fan, but this was tasty!
The chef at work with our mains…
Alfie cracks me up!
Our mains included roasted veg and a spinach and goats cheese filo pastry pie.
Chris stole the camera for a cheeky snap.
I made up a really silly Alfie voice and now we always make ‘Alfie’ say how he felt about the meal, which usually ends up being a soliloquy involving how he didn’t receive enough table scraps or spilled wine.
After the mains (and second helpings), we played a game involving two decks of cards and lots of dollar store presents that were wrapped in plastic bags. You could steal others’ gifts or choose new ones. We got quite competitive!
I won a feathery headband thing. Chris looks less chuffed about his potpourri!
And now for a montage of us all looking silly with our gifts!
Bertie ended the meal with a perfect trio of desserts: a white chocolate mousse, a warm ‘slutty’ brownie a la Rosie Londoner and chocolate dipped strawberries… I thought it was very ambitious and, wow, so much for the wedding diet!Tweet