Monday, 4 May 2009


I have not had much time for bogging lately, work and wedding planning seem to take up most of our free time and although I have been cooking, there has been no time to write about it. We are due to get married in June so only a few weeks left. Just about everything is organised - the venue is to be Tregenna Castle, St. Ives in Cornwall. It is a fantastic setting and we just hope it will be a sunny day in order to make the most of the amazing sea views.

We have sorted out the menu after going for a tasting at the hotel with both sets of parents, and it is sounding very nice! This is what we have selected:

Smoked Seafood & Citrus Mousse
Enclosed In Woodcured Salmon Served With
A Cornish White Crabmeat & Fresh Dill Aioli


Slow Braised Shank Of Lamb With
A Rosemary & Redcurrant Sauce Served With Roast Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables


Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Tart
Served With Chantilly Cream
The vegetarian option doesn't sound too bad either, although I must admit that we haven't tried it ourselves.

Beef Steak Tomato &
Mozzarella Salad With Basil Oil


Asparagus & Red Onion Risotto With
Cornish Goats Cheese & Parmesan Shavings

And, of course, there is wine as well:

White Wine

Cape Promise Winemakers Selection
Unoaked Chenin Blanc (2008) South Africa
“Refreshing ripe melon & citrus fruit
with a lively clean finish”


Red Wine

Cape Promise Winemakers Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (2008) South Africa
“Plum & rich casis flavours – soft & smooth”


Champagne to toast

Duc de Roucher Brut
“Lively white blossom aromas with
harmonious fruit & soft acidity

The evening buffet is going to be slightly less gourmet and will consist of bacon rolls with brown sauce or ketchup, and traditional Cornish pasties. You just can't have a wedding in Cornwall without having a proper pasty (helps somewhat with soaking up the booze later in the evening!).

We have also booked the honeymoon now; after two days of extreme relaxation in Dubai (at the hottest time of year I might add), we are off to New Zealand to hire a campervan and drive all around both the North and South islands! This is the bit that I am most looking forward to!

But for now, we just have to finalize the all-important wedding disco music (suggestions welcomed in the comments section below - anything that will get people on the dancefloor), print out menus and the order of service, collect suits and turn up on the day (the bride has a fair bit more to do, involving hair, nails, dress, tanning, and various other important bits).

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