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Stuff… it creates dust, takes up room and means the average family can burst out of even the biggest house. I don’t like stuff but I do love photos, tickets, keepsakes and little things that help me remember the good times. I’ll admit it I’m a memories junkie! It was my birthday last week and I can happily say that I didn’t get a lot of ‘stuff’, my friends and family know that I’d rather have an experience than a present.
Over the last few weeks (okay, I’ll be honest, months!) I’ve been planning our holiday for October this year. Time together is something incredibly important to us as a family. When I met Sean he was working 100 hours + at a five star hotel, creating amazing food but the time we had was very limited, sometimes he would be getting into bed at 2am only to be up at 5:30am to oversee breakfast service. Whilst I understood being married to a Chef would mean I wouldn’t see a lot of him, some of those days could have been frustrating. Early on we learnt how to have all the fun of a full day together in an hour or a minute if we had to. Today, we do have a little more time together as a family however we still treasure the time we have and squeeze every moment out of it. Who knows how many of these moments we will have, how many holidays, how many days off? I take none of that for granted so it’s fair to say that choosing just the right villa for our annual break involved trawling through 101 websites and at least 2 shortlists to get somewhere perfect. I can happily say that we are now booked and looking forward to some family down time in the sun.
When we have milestones as a family we really try to make the most of them. Recently Ella lost her last baby tooth, Sean wasn’t happy with popping a 50p under the pillow, he wanted to ensure she had a personally illustrated letter and envelope. As it happens, she’s a memories junkie just like her mum so absolutely adored this surprise from the (chef) tooth fairy and promptly put it in her memory box to treasure for years to come!
_One of the nicest parts of Sean’s job is getting involved in making memories for people and being part of creating them. Whether that’s re-creating a favourite dish from a special holiday for a couple, a hen party or special birthday. A recent example was cooking for the wedding evening of a couple who decided whilst in the Cumbria to pop across the border to be married in Gretna Green! As we are moving towards the summer a number of bookings have been from people like me who want to have that memorable holiday. Adding the service of a professional chef can make that UK break really special. Sean can cover across the UK and we have been able to establish some great partnerships with both holiday cottage and events companies to enhance what they can offer. Contact us if there's anything we can do do to create memories for your occasion.
It's been another busy week at Castle Chef, lots of interest in our Christmas dinner delivery service and more dinner party bookings. Today Sean is off out at dinner party so I'm taking a moment to have a glass of red and get round to writing this blog.
This morning we headed out to the suppliers for the ingredients for tonight's dinner party. I don't usually accompany Sean on these missions but it was fantastic. At QFS I met John & Mike and we got to taste white radish and some gorgeous rainbow chantenay carrots, once Sean had picked up his edible flowers etc.. the guys there gave me a lovely plant. I really hope I can keep it alive!
Halfway through the morning Mr Chef got a call from the client for tonight's dinner - the Aga wasn't working and there weren't enough plates! That meant a bit more prep than normal so this afternoon Mr Chef was on it with the prep... I love it when there's a dinner party on the go as the house smells fantastic!
As part of the the menu for tonight's dinner party, the guests had requested Tiramisu, truth be told Mr Chef thought it was a bit of a retro dessert however he put his own twist on it to prep up something with the flavours of tiramisu but with a modern twist including chocolate soil, espresso jelly & coffee sponge.
I hope you have enjoyed reading the first blog post of Mr & Mrs Chef's antics & I'll post another one soon. Please comment below if there's any Cheffy questions you would like to be answered....
I'm Linder, Mrs Wilkinson aka Mrs Chef /Sean's missus. There was no chance of getting Sean out of the kitchen long enough to write a blog so I'll keep this up to date with what we're up to and Sean's news. I'll also give you a flavour of the rollercoaster that is life being married to a Chef!