Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The food diaries: part 8 - Christmas party

Last week we went to our first Christmas party, organised by hubby's employers. Instead of a simple affair at one of the local hotels, this year we were invited to a fancy ball which included a sit-down 3-course dinner followed by live entertainment and a casino.

The food was OK, not exceptional, but certainly an improvement on last year (local hotel = mediocre food). Here's what we had:

Starter was a carpaccio of raw beef. I wished I'd pretended to be vegetarian and had the filo-pastry-with-something-or-other instead (not photographed, as we had no veggies at our table).

Main course was traditional turkey with veg and a generous helping of cranberry sauce. It took us a while to work out that the veg wasn't coming separately, but was hidding under a patty made of stuffing and two slabs of turkey. D'oh!

Dessert was a choice between a mini bread and butter pudding with Baileys (which sounds lovely, only you couldn't really taste the Baileys)...

...or a colourful fruit salad.

I had the pudding, but in retrospect the fruit salad would have been a better choice. Never mind. I'm sure I burned the extra calories on the dance floor.


Nadine said...

Sounds like a nice party. One year for the office Christmas Party I cooked. It was a small office but we had quite the menu (the boss paid and paid in me overtime).

Thank you for stopping by today.

Marg, the Sal. said...

Agh, carpaccio!

At least, was the veg of the main any good once it was discovered?

Mo said...

oh the carpaccio would be my favourite dish in this meal

GMG said...

Hi Tinsie! No Baileys? What a shame... ;)

Blogtrotter is waiting for you elsewhere in London! ;)
Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

Tinsie said...

@ Nadine: Your boss sounds nice :-)

@ Marg: Yes, the veg was quite tasty, if a little overcooked.

@ Mo: If you were there, you could have had mine!

@ GMG: I know :-(

Karen said...

For once in my life, I think I would have rather had the fruit plate.

Merry Christmas, Tinsie!

Tinsie said...

My thoughts exactly!

Anonymous said...

So much items...I want all of themmm...:)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i would have to agree - the food was not spectacular (raw beef?!?!?)

Tinsie said...

I know... but people like eating raw beef in this part of the world, so the carpaccio wasn't such a strange choice. Just a shame that I haven't acquired that particular taste ;-)