Like most of the planet it would seem I will be watching the Royal Wedding tonight.
The Wedding will be telecast in the evening here which makes it ideal timing to watch with an English style meal. I have been a bit slack and instead of inventing dishes or looking through cookbooks, I just trawled the Internet for some Royal Wedding inspired dishes which are not too hard to cook.
First up is a chilled cucumber soup with garlic prawns, in a nod to the very English tradition of cucumber sandwiches. It is not exactly the weather here for cold soup, but needs must.
To me there is nothing more English than lamb and peas. Which suits me because it is also a quintessentially Australian dish. I have been eating lots of lamb lately in a probably forlorn attempt to boost my red blood cells. My favourite way to have lamb is as
cutlets or possibly a rib eye. To go with this, the pea dish below, possibly some asparagus (also very English) and some boiled new potatoes with lots of butter and Malden salt.
This is a dish of peas, mint and salted yogurt (which can be substituted with goats cheese).
Dessert is a bit tricky. I have found a lovely recipe by naughty Sophie Dahl for rice pudding with plum compote but I fear rice pudding may just be a bit English boarding school. Perhaps summer pudding with lots of beautiful berries would be better. I think the most traditional dessert would be Eton Mess but I am not in the meringue making mode today.
Finally, to drink. I don't drink spirits but this is my metaphorical tipple today - elderflower and gin sherbert.
Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister, is invited to the wedding. Ms Gillard is very very fond of distracting, unflattering, flappy white jackets. It may seem to a casual observer that she just wears the same one all the time, but in fact she has 9 (yes 9) different ones. Here are two of them. I think that sometime in the past someone told her she looks great in that white jacket, and she has taken the message to heart.
So my message is: Please do not wear a white jacket to the Royal Wedding. Please. It seems that this issue is of major concern to many bloggers, perhaps we need to get a life?! See Mrs Woog's take on it here.
And before I am accused of being sexist for commenting on a female politician's clothes when I wouldn't on a man's clothes, let me say this: any professional person should dress in a way which does not distract from the message they are delivering. That applies in all spheres. Yes, it is easy for men to wear suits, but it is equally easy for women to wear simply stylish non distracting clothes which fit (case in point: Senator Penny Wong). I am not criticising our PM's taste (although it is dubious), I am criticising the way her clothes don't fit her, and distract from what she does. And if a male PM wore bell bottoms, a brown suit and a plaid tie with a mullet haircut (which I think is the male equivalent of some of Ms Gillard's outfits), then that person would be equally criticised.
Enjoy the wedding......
(Images: (1) BBC Food (2) Taste.com (3) Notebook (4) BBC Food (5) Jamie Oliver))