A little “Pot Luck”!

Pot Luck Birthday Party

Last Saturday I held a little soirée at Tara’s Busy Kitchen HQ in honour of the blogs first birthday. I can’t believe where this year has gone… It has flown by!

I invited friends and family to a “Pot Luck” party. The idea behind a pot luck is that you give your guests a free reign to bring a dish of their choice. It’s always best to set a theme so that there are boundaries. My theme was “keep it local”. I admit that this theme was pretty loose but I wanted my guests to be inspired by all the wonderful local produce that we have on offer here in the south west.

My contribution was both sweet and savoury. I had visited Quicke’s cheese earlier on in the week to pick up some of their wonderful cheeses so I could make up a cheese board using the finest local cheeses as my savoury offering. I came home with their wonderful 24 month aged vintage clothbound cheddar, their 6 month aged goats cheese and a beautiful chunk of their Devonshire Red. All were served with Hillside crackers and some beautiful fruitcake for cheese by Julie Scrumptious. Clare’s Preserves provided the chutney accompaniment with their beautiful beetroot and orange chutney.

For my sweet contribution I decided on a traditional rhubarb crumble. My rhubarb was purchased through the wonderful Veg In A Box. I served some local Ashclyst Dairy double cream with it. What a treat!

My guests went all out with their creations. We had quiches made with local eggs and cheeses, blini’s with Devon crab and samphire, homemade scotch eggs using local pork and eggs, various savoury tarts and some smoked fish pates. It really was a feast to rival any other.

Served alongside the savoury and sweet edibles we had wines from Lyme Bay Winery, Sharpham Vineyard and Yearlstone Vineyard. For the T- total guests and drivers we had some wonderful Heron Valley elderflower cordial.

Everyone made a real effort with their contributions and it created a wonderful talking point amongst us all. We have such wonderful produce here in the south west that it felt good promoting it all and sharing our goodies with the other guests. A perfect Saturday night and the most perfect way to celebrate Tara’s Busy Kitchen’s first birthday! I look forward now to what year two has to offer!

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