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Come dine with me and trash my house

Our friends and us are in the midst of a Come Dine With Me competition. OH started in November last year, and after a long wait, last week it was the turn of A. A is mummy to Miss M, and A's husband B used to work with OH years ago. This sounds like an equation A+B=Miss M well that's right I suppose. OH and A were cooking first because out of the two couples, they are the non-cooks. Yes A is lucky that B cooks for the family most nights. Husband B is a very good cook and we have often been round for an Uncle B special. (He is so good he can cook spag bol when we're camping. Of course the difference between our competition and the programme is that our menus have to be child-friendly!)

OH's menu:
  • Cheese and olives on sticks, some wrapped in anchovies
  • Home-made beef burgers with potato and parsnip chips
  • Cheesecake
The title of this post includes "... and trash my house" because in true Elf/Miss M style, the house was trashed afterwards! I was sure we would trash A's house but we didn't...

OH was a guinea pig really, we have all learned from him. I was out for a boozy champagne lunch for my friend's birthday and didn't really offer any help in looking after Elf while OH was cooking! The cheese and olives on sticks were nice, except the anchovy ones! The burgers were lovely and the parsnip chips really tasty. Impressed. The cheesecakes were good, but then he did see me make them the week before!

I will update you with OH's score; we are all texting my mum with his scores!

A's menu:
  • Individual caramelised onion and goat's cheese quiche
  • Chicken breast stuffed with mozarella and wrapped in pancetta with roasted betroot and peppers
  • Individual chocolate fondue with fresh fruit dips and home-baked biscuits

Update to come with scores.

I will give a really honest evaluation of A's meal.
  • The quiche was delicious, the onions were very sweet and almost creamy. (Did she make the pastry?)
  • The main course was very nice, the cheese didn't melt as much as A had wanted but the breasts were very plump. However I like wet food! Personally I would have liked a sauce with the main course. I did really enjoy the roasted beetroot though, especially as it was grown at their own allotment.
  • The pudding was amazing, the creamy chocolate fondue was delicious and the biscuits very nice.
I marked her ... I'm not going to tell you!

I am doing the next one and as I usually cook in my household, we've decided that I'm doing Come Picnic With Me on the May Bank Holiday weekend. A's husband B is bringing up the rear with Come Barbecue With Me after that! Watch this space.


  1. You guys really sound like your having a whole lot of fun. I personally would go for fondue style of dining. Very easy, involves a lot less preparation, very intimate, and quite unique I guess. I think it's really nice when everybody's all huddle up around a steaming fondue pot throwing little pieces of meats and veggies. All chatting while eating, and cooking of course!


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