OK so one of those oddities in life that every so often you are going to end up cooking your own birthday dinner. This year was one of those occasions, we invited the my parents over for dinner and we had Andy staying already so it was a nice small gathering. I had a hand of pork in the freezer that we had got from Fiona's in Wales earlier in the year so it seemed like a good time to cook it. It was in the oven for over 8 hours by the time that I served it and it tasted just lovely. We served it with seasonal veg which all went down a treat.
So if you are following this blog in order this will not be the biggest surprise to you but as part of the dinner that I cooked for our (not so) murder mystery night, I made some pasta. This time I opted for the fairly simple spinach and ricotta toretellini. I made the filling following the filling part of this recipe from the BBC website and then made the pasta using my normal pasta recipe which is detailed here.
So we had arranged for Kelly & Ben and Amy & Peachey to come over for dinner so that we could see them all, have some wine and good food and throughout the meal we would be abel to play a murder mystery game. Unfortuantely Amy was not well on the day of the party and so we had to cancel the Murder mystery element of the dinner party, we did, however, carry on with dinner and have a nice evening. Dinner for 5 is actually pretty comfy in our house which is good and I tried to plan a menu that would be easy enough to cook while playing so it became a pretty easy menu to serve as well.
So another cider today, this time was an offering by Magners "Pear and Ginger". I am pretty sure that someone bought me this cider as a gift buy I am struggling immediately to remember who it was. One of the first issues with the drink is that it is not particularly pear flavoured. Part of the issue here might be that pear is a pretty soft flavour while ginger is quite a strong flavour; all of this probably means that the drinks isn't going to taste how you expect it to.
So just a week and a half after starting my new job and Laura and I were off to the theatre to see Sleeping Beauty, a trip that I had booked back in February. Now it was a slightly different logistical confusion as I was in MK already for work and Laura would be in Northampton. I decided it best that I get the train to work and then Laura picked me up at the office before we went to the theatre. We stopped off for dinner at the Slug and Lettuce on the way before finally making our way to the theatre.
So the final night of our holiday in America and I had thought that it would be good to go out to a restaurant that is nice and close to the hotel. The nicest option that was nearby seemed to be the Rusty Pelican at the bottom of rocky point. In reality the biggest issue was that there was no nice way for us to get there. We had to walk down the road and it was really quite dark with no pavement.
So having visited the best beach in America we were down in Sarasota and decided that it would be nice to visit the Ringling Museum. It was pretty easy to find which was good and there was plenty of parking for the mustang. It was not a particularly cheap museum to get into, I would probably go as far as to say it was actually expensive. None the less we were eager to get in there and have a look around.
Another very stunning day in Florida and the start of a new week. Laura and I got up and had our morning swim before heading out in the car to neighbouring St Petersburg. It was about half an hours drive from the hotel and it was all easy rolling on the highway. The sun was shining and it was really nice, we came into town past Tropicana Field way the Rays play and eventually made our way to the Salvidore Dali Museum.