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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Best Laid Plans -- as They Say...

Last Thursday started off very well, indeed! Which just goes to show you ...

Friday we were to have a dinner party with favourite friends. The Man and I were  looking forward to the occasion as it had been a long time since the six of us had been together -- one couple is now living on the other side of the country and the other couple travels the world -- a lot. So just being in the same part of the world at the same time was a rare event.

Four days later and still looking good!
Anyway, back to Thursday -- morning -- at 10.00 I had an appointment with the manicurist. Just before Christmas, I had discovered the latest technique for a long-lasting manicure -- shellac! Now I expect I am the last person to have discovered this but just in case you are as new to it as I was let me tell you it is fabulous -- it is also time consuming and not something one can do oneself as it involves a lot of preparation and several layers of various coats of whatever, not to mention drying each coat under a UV lamp. But the end result lasts for two weeks and I found someone who does it for just 10 pounds. My hands looking great, my BFF and I then left for lunch -- a perfect way to spend time with a best mate!

I was home by mid-afternoon and off to the before home again to make the planned dessert -- lemon meringue pie. I never had a lemon meringue pie turn out so perfectly. Everything was in order for the next day and for the meal to be prepared ...

Menu

Prawn and Crayfish cocktail with Avocado 
Sauce Louise Marie
brown bread and butter
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Leg of Lamb
Roast Potatoes
Green Beans wrapped in Parma Ham
Honeyed Parsnips
Mint Sauce and Gravy
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 Lemon Meringue Pie
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Cheese Board 
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Coffee and Mints

With all systems 'go' I prepared a quick meal and the three of us sat down to an enjoyable and very simple repast! I was tired, but pleased with  myself that the day had gone as planned -- I'd catered to myself, I'd had a nice lunch, I'd gone shopping and I'd made dessert for the following day. I was geared up and ready for the preparations to come...

And then there was blood...

35 comments:

  1. Oh dear, blood!?? Sounds painful/frustrating/unplanned . . . (visiting from Friko's blog)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, jabblog! And you hit the nail on the head -- except there was no pain!

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  2. You're doing it again, Broad - starting a story and then leaving us in suspense halfway through! I do hope that this doesn't mean that all your preparations went completely awry. That would be such a shame.

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    1. That's the fun part, Perpetua -- figuring out that last sentence!!

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  3. Blood? That is NOT the ending to this day that I expected. Okay, what happened?

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    1. Indeed, it was an unexpected ending to the day!

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  4. You're leaving us all in suspenders - whose blood?

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    1. Whose blood? You might well ask...

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  5. Wonderfully done, except for the blood.

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  6. I'm intrigued. Do tell more...

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  7. Oh, dear, a cliff hanger. And blood is so slippery....

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    1. Not only is it slippery -- it goes everywhere!

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  8. oh unfair! ;-) you're leaving us dangling again! immagination working overtime...

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    1. I'll give you a hint! At least it was not my finger dangling!

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  9. Aaarrrgghhh! What happened next - I just HAVE to know ! Now !!!!

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  10. You are good at leaving us in suspense....... Diane

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  11. I was going to say that's a menu I would enjoy.
    Then I read the last line.
    I shall reserve judgment.

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    1. I was quite pleased with the menu, I must say...

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  12. Okay, and now for the rest of the story. We are waiting breathlessly!!!!

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    1. Calm down, dear and I tell you the rest... soon...

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  13. I was savoring the menu (prawns and lamb--yum) when I got to that last line. Quite a cliffhanger.

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    1. You know how to hang a pretty good cliff yourself, Stephen!

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  14. I hope it was blood from the leg of lamb ... Don't keep us in suspense too long ... Martine

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  15. Hello Katherine:
    How very cruel of you this is!!!! Now, when are we to be treated to the next instalment? or will that be a 'cliff hanger' too??

    The menu looks absolutely delicious.

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    1. I've been debating with myself: One hanging cliff or two???

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  16. Great menu! On tenterhooks to see how it turned out - especially with blood seeping in.

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  17. Glad you approve of the menu, BP. I'll have you and Uncle Skip to dinner any day!

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  18. Dear Broad, what a menu. You must be a gourmet cook and I bet that everything tastes delicious. Now you've caught my interest with that one word. I'm glad I came today--Friday--and so can go immediately and read the next installment! Peace.

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