Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Italians are coming ...

The table is set ...

Reflecting back on life every now and then can bring back such wonderful memories, memories that bring back the warm happy feelings that reek through your body they are so strong, you cannot help but smile, cannot help but feel content, that at that point in your life you knew what it was to be truly happy.

The past few days Jo and I have worked hard towards creating some of those memories, memories that are now so close to us, both to our hearts and in that they are recent, but these memories will stay with us, and we hope for our dinner guests for a long, long time to come, this episode is dedicated to my beautiful wife and the beautiful people she has brought into my life, my only regret in the past few days is that my dining table is not a little bigger, for there are so many more that we would have loved to have been with us to share in such a wonderful evening of good company, good food and good wine.

I love to cook, when I cook day to day life problems and tribulations dissolve and are replaced with a joy I can’t describe, then to cook for someone you love those feelings multiply and overflow into the pot cooking on the stove. I don’t know how it happens all I know is as I am cooking I am thinking of not only what is to go on the plate, but to whom the plate will be presented, and of a hope of how they may enjoy the end product, and should they enjoy so much I get a little feedback of that enjoyment, all the hard work, the worry, the anxiousness is well and truly worth it.

The Italians came for dinner, we ate, we drank, we laughed and laughed some more, we created some wonderful memories.


Three Chesse Lasagna

So many things to prepare

Roasted Capsicum with Capers, Black Olives and Cerry Tomatoes


Antipasto Platter

The Table

Setting the mood

Our guests

Serving main

Bread and Butter Pudding, with a difference!

Scillian Canneloni

Uncle Louie, Aunty Mary, Aunty Nancy, Aunty Val, Uncle Rocky, Dot and Sean, thank you all so much for your stories, your humour and your wonderful company, we love you all.'

Jack and Jo x


  1. Cant wait to see how it went!! Love the look of the spiced chicken Jack!!
    Pam x

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I will check yours out!

  3. I am so lucky to have you in my life Jack, not only have you cooked the best meals for me but you also cooked the most beautiful food ever for my other family. The night was a special tribute to my Aunties & Uncles that you made possible with the touch of Italy that I hoped they would feel & taste. You achieved at and I score you a 10 out of 10! I love you my very own little master chef xxx

  4. What a spread! All the preperation is so worth it. .Arancini balls and bread n butter pudding for me please! That is what you call soul food .
    Pam x