I have a major food and wine hangover today. I was so full last night when I went to bed that I couldn't sleep until something like three am, groaning with a gut like Chris Farley's.
We had a lovely day with lots of wine, an abandoned attempt at a game of Rummikub, because my stepmother Judy and I had had more wine than you should drink before learning the rules of a game.
I made Dad his simnel cake yesterday and I finished Drew's Bailey's cheesecake first thing in the morning, which left the rest of the morning and afternoon to concentrate on the rest of the food.
Because I like to actually spend time with the people I'm going to dine with AND I don't like to worry too much about sensitive timing, I chose dishes which required little effort and a lot of time in the oven, so that lunch could cook unattended, filling the house with wonderful smells while we hung out and drank the aforementioned glasses of wine.
I took a lot of inspiration from Delicious and Olive magazines this year and put a bit of a Mediterranean twist on a fairly traditional menu. None of the ingredients cost more than a few quid, because we're still po'. Even the pork roast was only like £10, weighing over 2 kilos (about 4 1/2 lbs).
A roast belly of Gloucester Old Spot pork stuffed with cous cous, feta and herbs.
Butter beans braised in tomatoes, anchovies and oregano.
Freshly baked sourdough bread (success! :-D) and a leafy green salad.
Some crushed new potatoes, roasted with garlic, fennel and rosemary.
And grilled courgettes.We rounded off the meal with a slice of simnel cake and some Baileys Cheesecake, which my husband is so possessive of, he actually dictated how big a slice everybody could have. I've promised he can have the remaining 8 slices all to himself. I expect them to last until tomorrow.