I’m lucky. I get on really well with my in-laws-to-be and the rest of Dan’s family. Four of them are coming round for dinner tomorrow night; Dan’s Mum and Dad, his middle brother and his girlfriend, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Cooking for family is really important to me. My Mum died before I ever had the chance to cook her a meal in my own home and I never met my Dad. When my sisters come down to Sheffield, all I want to do is cook for them – I become a feeder [worringly]. There’s so many dishes I’m dying for them to try – for anyone in their early twenties, cooking a meal for your parents is a right of passage. It’s your way of saying “look Mummy, look at what I did… I’m all grown up.”
When I was little, emergency chairs and miss matching crockery were always the sign of a good family ‘do’. We’d all cram round a small table in my Mum’s modest little house and EAT! Our plates would be piled high with food and the table filled with seconds, sauces and drinks. Being able to do all this, in our home with Dan’s family is so special… I mean, I feel really lucky to be able to get the emergency chairs out and our [hideous] bright read spare plates and cook them some lovely food. Family – both my own and Dan’s are really important to me – and I like to cement these relationships with good food and great nights.
I treasure these nights immensly… sitting round a table with family to talk is something me and Dan don’t do enough. Even better – we’re pulling out all the stops to cook up a storm for them tomorrow. Want to know what’s on the menu? I though as much. We’re having:
- Dates stuffed with goats cheese and wrapped in bacon
- Dan’s cottage pie
- Caramel pies with ice cream
- Some posh tea from my PiP studio tea-pot
I’ll be sure to post up a picture or two tomorrow. Must dash – I have some desserts to make!
Hayley Jayne xx