I'm fortunate to have not lost any of my close friends or family to pancreatic cancer but I am fully aware of how devastating cancer as a disease can be, having lost my Grandad to it. When Pancreatic Cancer UK invited me to join in with Host for Hope and organise a food related fundraising event, I immediately said yes.
So, on Tuesday, I headed down south to spend a full day in the kitchen with Michelin starred superhero Chef John Campbell (more of which later). Along with three other bloggers, my partner in crime Emily Etc and new friends Connie Consumes and Daisy from Pretty Green Tea. From 8am through to 5pm, I spent the day prepping a 5 course dinner party for 6 of my friends. It was gruelling but amazing and I made everything from the bread to the puff pastry to the truffles for coffee. Wednesday night came around and it was time for dinner - cue some mad cleaning and rushing around and before I knew it, everyone was arriving.
I followed my time plan as directed by John meticulously and aside from a slightly cold pastry tart, everything went very well. The key is to keep calm and have a clear running order written out in front of you. Prep everything you can and have all the pots and pans to hand. I was nervous before hand but actually, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and even had time to sit with my guests and chat. What a great opportunity to get 5 of my closest friends together to drink, chat, eat and raise awareness for this campaign.
What did we eat? I'll be writing up the recipes in more detail soon but for now, here is a pictoral breakdown of our mammoth meal!
Pumpkin veloute with bloomer bread
Crown of chicken, tart fine, greens & red wine jus
Selection of cheese, lavash & rye bread
Chocolate fondant, fruit of the forest, chocolate soil & vanilla creme fraiche
The dinner party was a huge success and I've already raised £100 in donations from my generous friends. I've got a Just Giving page set up here - so please dig deep and donate a few quid if you can. Every penny counts and goes straight to the good work done by Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Are you hosting a foodie event for Host for Hope month? Please share your plans in the comments box below, I'd love to know what you're planning.