My girlfriends provided the salads and desserts, and I spent my time baking breads and meats.
Paul Hollywood's garlic baguette ( so doesn't look like a baguette, but tastes great)
Jamie Oliver's rolled bread (though it was just the inspiration, in one I put salami, basil, cheese, olives and peppers, and in the other I left otu the salami and swapped tomatoes for peppers). If you only want one bread, or enough food for about 5 decent sized portions, half the recipe. The first time I made this I used the suggested olive oil and ended up with a greasy mess. Now, I skip that part.
Smitten Kitchen's brisket - which I cooked for 10 hours in my warming oven, and seved with the reduced sauce.
Finally, I cooked up some pork loin with a marinade recipe that my mom gave me and which people go mental for. They say it's the best pork they've ever had.
Pork Loin Marinade
1/4 C soy
2 T red wine ( I used Pinot Noir because it's what I had in the house and it was too thin. You want a merlot or some other kind of deep flavoured wine)
1 T Br Sugar
1 T honey
1/2 t cinnamon
1 green onion sliced
mix all together - pour over pork loin - turning pork occasionally let sit in sauce for at least 2 - 3 hrs
This recipe is seriously amazing. I have no idea where it's from, but it's like omg never need another pork marinade ever again kind of amazing.
We served homebrew exclusively. I made 4 brews and we had a friend who made a keg. Homebrew is a revelation. It's easy and CHEAP and amazing. And no, it's not super strong. Why do people just assume it's super strong? Most of my brews are betwen 3.5 and 4.5%. I like to drink my beer, not get wasted from it, thanks.
I *love* the new Festival range of homebrews, available from several different retailers but I buy from BrewUK because they have sales quite a lot which makes them often the cheapest.
Trust me, this beer is amazing.