...but not at you guys. How lovely! I have 64 Followers now! Yay! I will greet you individually, but not all in one go.
So, today, I say Hello and welcome to:
Elizabeth, Daphne, (Yes, Daphne, it is the Hairy Dieters' Book I'm using. I think it's very good!)Diana, Becka at Girasole Farm, and Terri at Cache-Mire.
I'll also reply to your individual comments when I have a big long time to myself. I'm only popping in to be a bit grumpy. Let me tell you why, and you can tell me if I have a right to be grumpy.
We invited some people for dinner - we don't know them very well, but they're clients of Mr FD and we think there is the potential to be friends... We invited them last Tuesday (not the one just gone, but the one before) and A suggested this Friday (tomorrow). She wasn't sure if they were free, but said that they'd confirm. It is now today. They are due tomorrow. They have not confirmed. Mr FD phoned yesterday, and left a message, but there has still been no reply...
I had planned on roasting the fore-rib of beef that we have in the freezer, but it's too late to defrost that now. I've planned a salad to start, with ingredients that I can use elsewhere, should they not come - it's a River Cottage recipe : Warm salad of roasted squash and mushrooms
For dessert, I'd planned Banoffi pie - We can eat the biscuits planned for the base, I've boiled the condensed milk in its tin, but it can stay as caramel indefinitely, and we'll eat the bananas. Luckily, IF they do decide to come I have a bit of time tomorrow to assemble the dessert, as some of the English courses I've een booked to start now won't start till next week.
But I've still got to consider main course. Roast beef is off. I'm thinking a slow cooker thing that I can put on in the morning and leave to do its stuff. If they don't come I can freeze the extra portions. But what?...Excuse me, I'm off to do a bit of research.
Talk amongst yourselves.
OK, I think I've decided to go with Chicken and red wine casserole with herby dumplings. The only problem may be finding redcurrant jelly, but I hope I'll be able to find an appropriate substitute in the supermarket. I have a bit of time to go shopping between my physio and my appointment at the dermotologist this evening.
So, that's all (kind of) sorted. Mind you, I won't have much time to do cleaning - but I think they'll just have to lump that. A quick zizz round with the vacuum cleaner between lessons, I think!
But tell me, do you think I have a right to be grumpy, or not?
Edited to add: C. texted Mr FD yesterday to apologise and to say that they'd been away. They're not coming on Friday (today) but tomorrow. Which gives me a bit more time to prepare. And redcurrant jelly was dead easy to find - I just had to look in the jams section, rather than the condiments section of the supermarket.
Thank you for all your messages/ comments. I hope the food is as delicious as you all think it's going to be....as my friend pointed out to me in tones of horror, when I told her that C & A were coming for a meal: "But he's a chef!!!!"