Friday 9th October

I don’t know where this week has gone – it just seems to have flown by. Looking at my diary to jog my memory for my blog I just can’t seem to see where the time has gone. I am sure I am not the only one that has had a week like this!

The guests were all so lovely over the last five days and all came down at the same time to share breakfast together.  There was a lovely banter between them all and they all spoke in English for my benefit so I could understand them. 

For the past 16 years I have had many German speaking guests – It all started when I had a lady called Susi come and stay all those years ago, we became friends and she has since sent me many lovely German speaking guests. Most of the guests speak English very well and they always want to practise it when they are here, so I never really got a chance to learn German! But truth be told languages are not really my strong point anyway, I am more of a visual individual. 

I varied the breakfasts this week and serving warm Apple Tart as well as the Lemon and Almond cake instead of croissants.  All the guests asked for the recipe for the cake so I will be uploading the recipe in the next week or so. 

I invited Claudia and her husband for supper on their last night as they have been staying with me for so many years we have gotten to know each other more than just host and guest. I promised them a typical English supper, so I cooked racks of lamb with roasted root vegetables served with mint sauce,  mint and redcurrant jelly.  For pudding, I did a lemon steamed pudding – for them that was the dish of the night.

 The supper went down a treat, Paul and Chris joined us at the table and it was a lovely evening with lots of talking and laughter! Claudia’s husband enjoyed certain elements so much that he wanted to go to the supermarket before they caught the plane home and pick up a couple of jars of  mint sauce and Lemon Curd to take home.  Another recipe I will be uploading as well – sadly I did not take a picture of the sponge on the night… So I will make another one so that you  all can see the Pud of the Night! 

I also had a run on my fruit teas this week so  I decided to stock up on them and one of the flavours that caught my eye on the shelf at the supermarket was Rose and Lemonade by Taylors of Harrogate. I tried it this morning and it’s absolutely divine.  It’s a good idea to stock a variety of breakfast teas, a green tea and earl grey.  I find with fruit teas that the most popular are Peppermint or Camomile – I think I am going to stock up on a few new flavours  and see how they go over the next few months and update you all. Have a good weekend!