We have weekend visitors to Stepford tomorrow. Obviously this has necessitated a long, wine-fuelled (Sauvignon Blanc for the boys, chilled Saumur-Champigny for me) discussion over what to feed them. After we had spent well over an hour planning a menu, it became increasingly obvious that we were more enthused about the shopping and the cooking than the actual business of having guests.

Our household of four consists of one American boy, one Englishwoman, one Frenchman and one Bassett Hound of indeterminate parentage, so the final menu reads:

Lunch (à la Française)
Quiche aux asperges avec sa petite salade aux noix (asparagus quiche w/walnut salad)
Céleris-raves en remoulade (Celeriac with mustard mayonnaise)
Betterave au chèvre (Beetroot/Beets with goats cheese)
Pavlova aux fruits de saison (Meringue & whipped cream with whatever looks gd in the market)

Afternoon snack (to keep us going)
Watermelon martini shots (Grey Goose vodka) and coriander (cilantro) granita

Supper in the style of the Americans

Barbecued (Grilled) steak
Baked Idaho potatoes
Tomato & mozzarella salad
Grilled New Jersey corn (on the cob) with melted butter
Le moelleux au chocolat (Individual chocolate cakes with melted centres) & vanilla ice cream

Breakfast – again, American
Home made waffles
Whipped double (heavy) cream & sifted icing (confectioners) sugar
Cantaloupe & berries
Fried bacon
Very strong coffee
Freshly squeezed orange juice

For the guest bedroom
Tin of shortbread biscuits

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sounds fabulous! would you mind sharing the recipe pour la quiche aux asperges? i have been meaning to make quiche all summer, and my husband loves asparagus, so this would be perfect! thank you!


Mouth watering. What lucky guests!


Oh Good God. That sounds fabulous. Just like the kind of spread I would try to do. Would love an update as to if you really did manage to cook all that because I'm pretty sure I'd intend to but would fail miserably surrounded by a mountain of washing up.


This sounds divine, LLG. I must get around having some weekend parties again. I agree, the planning is so much sweeter than the actual partying. xx


thank you for your comment:)
i have been following your side so long now and i took the freedom to link you..
bon cuisine!
xx theresa


I want to move in, preferably yesterday. I will eat anything except tripe, brains and andouillette. Could I have double-stuffed chocolate-covered Oreos next to my bed?
Thank you in advance, yours etc.


Lord! I want to live in that house. I'm Canadian so I can add to the multicultural pedigree!


I think I just put on three pounds just reading the menu! Sounds fantastic.

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