Well it has been a difficult process but I think I have settled on a fairly classic leek and potato soup for the entrée – but with some slight variations.
While Jamie Oliver can be a bit prattish he has some great ideas and his leek and potato soup with carrots and celery looks really good so I shall try this during the week while Cate is away to make sure it works.
Incidentally the place to where Cate is going is considered to be so dangerous that one of the US lawyers – who was supposed to go - has pulled out for fear of his own safety and Cate is being accompanied by members of the Ducky Pharma Global Security Team.
These are large lumpy men who used to work for the FBI or CIA and can kill people with one blow of their massive fists. Or so I am told – having never seen one. But I can imagine.
Cate is of course made of sterner stuff and has no fear. She is taking Vegemite and one smear of this will render an attacker helpless and incapable of further action for at least 24 hours.
The beauty of this (potato and leak soup) is that it is almost impossible to cock it up so whatever you produce will be edible and even if it is really strange you can say stuff like ‘this is my special version of leek and potato soup with Bavarian snap weed and it may not be to everyone’s taste’ and they will just go along with it.
For the main course I have decided on a hybrid-variation of Bill Granger’s Honey Lemon Chicken. But I am only starting with his recipe and then will use my own variations. We have had this before and the last time it was a howling success.
My problem is that I may not be able to replicate this under pressure. But Gwenyth will be here and she is as steady as a rock! And Pizzeria Grado is just next door in the event of a Goat Fuck of epic proportions.
The secret ingredients in many of my recipes are Tridosha spices. These are absolutely brilliant and complement any dish. They do not ship overseas so whenever Gwenyth visits us she carries a couple of kilos of this stuff for us. It is just magic.
So while Cate is battling the nests of writhing vipers in the nether reaches of her empire I shall be testing recipes – in the hope that she will return to sample my delights.
And no it is not Afghanistan.