A U.K. menu

Dot and Dave are British. What to cook when they come over for dinner? Here’s what worked for us.

Starters

Hot Mushroom Dip, anonymous, from Good Life Fitness

Asparagus Tart, modified based on combining Gordon Ramsay World Kitchen  and

James Martin at 

http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/511727

Potato Scones from

http://allbritishfood.com/potato%20scones.php

Cheese (Gruyère & Zamojsky Smoked) & Crackers


Main

Prime Rib of Beef au Jus with Yorkshire Pudding from page 123, from Mom, With Love, Kay Spicer, Doubleday Canada Limited, Toronto, 1990

Sides

Cauliflower & Potato Bake from

http://allbritishfood.com/cauliflower%20and%20potato%20bake.php

Roasted Parsnips & Carrots, courtesy of Ina Garten:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-parsnips-and-carrots-recipe/index.html

Corn on the Cob

Dessert

Apple Charlotte, Gordon Ramsay World Kitchen

It was a great party and I learned a few things.

Dave taught us to make Shandy, a simple summer drink to get the party going:

Fill a glass half full of beer (lighter beer works better).

Fill the rest with Lemonade.

You can also use Ginger Ale or 7-Up.

Potato Scones are actually from Scotland.

Bread puddings are so prevalent since, during tough times, it was served at the beginning of the meal to fill up on something less expensive.

Crème Fraiche should be prepared two days before to thicken properly.