Friday 27 June
We wanted to have Priscilla and her Mom (who is also named Priscilla) over for dinner at least once before we had to leave. So tonight was the night, and featured a toast with an unusual New Zealand sparkler, Cottesbrook (Marlborough) sparkling sauvignon blanc.
We started with mild appetizers of jarlsberg and stilton cheeses on crackers, and assorted olives; the green Spanish ones that Barbara had marinated with slices of lemon peel were particularly popular.
Then we graduated to ample platters of penne puttanesca, featuring onions and a shot of lemon juice (as the cartons of tomato puree we were using were actually too sweet). On the side was a tossed endive, tomato, and red onion salad.
The guests brought a lovely carrot cake to have for dessert, so we ended on a sweet note.