A Little Family Cooking

One of our regular 'Happy Friday' meals with my parents-in-law. A chance to gather the generations around the table for good food, wine, laughter and chat. 

Between the four of us we chose the menu, cooked and cleared up. At fourteen and nearly eighteen our boys are very capable in the kitchen and we are trying to encourage them to get more involved with preparing meals on a regular basis. Having a Dad who's getting more and more into cooking certainly sets a good example. Hopefully, after last night's delicious meal, we will see them in the kitchen again soon. Here's what we ate.

Asparagus wraps with lemon mayo
Brochettes au coq au vin (coq au vin on skewers) with potato gratin and green beans
Rhubarb and ginger crème brûlée
Cheese and biscuits

Here's a peep.

Starter by our eldest. The lemon mayo was divine. He chose his recipe from here.

My version of potato gratin. I used layers of par-boiled maris piper potatoes, chopped onions, grated mature cheddar cheese, a little milk (no need for cream), herbs, seasoning and knobs of butter scattered on top. Cooked for about 35 minutes at 200C.

Skewers are fun. Dad and youngest son enjoyed some threading therapy. The coq au vin was marinaded the night before and was beautifully aromatic. 

The recipe is from Rachel Koo's The Little Paris Kitchen.

Using some frozen rhubarb and ginger left over from Valentine's Day for this crème brûlée was cheap and easy. The rhubarb was delicious and a beautiful blushing pink. Yum. 
Recipe from Wealden Times

It may look like a lot of work but it didn't feel like it and we each got to eat something we hadn't cooked ourselves - always a bonus.

Hope you're having a good start to the weekend.

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  1. That sounds lovely - a real family effort :)

  2. I just have to say this looks the biz. Why doesn't my own food photography look like this! x

  3. What a lovely idea ... I would love to do the same when our littles are older ... although my six year old loves to help me in the kitchen already ... have a lovely weekend ... Bee xx

  4. It's lovely when you all have a part in the making of a meal and then sit down to enjoy it.

    Sue xx

  5. It all looks delicious, it really does. I love the idea of generations coming together and sharing food which everyone has helped cook. What a lovely family tradition.

    Gillian x

  6. What a fantastic idea DM! Love that the family gets involved and your photos look like they belong in a magazine.

    Sft x

  7. This is some serious cuisine - looks fantastic!

  8. That looks so good and great to be able to share it with the family with their help. I shall try the potato dish and the rhubarb brulee. Do you live in Kent?
    Sarah x

    1. No I live in Staffordshire, some distance from Kent. However, I love this Wealden Times site for its lifestyle features (not quite sure how I came across it) xo


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