One potato, two potato, three potato four; five potato, six potato, seven potato more
Ben, Harry and me on Middle Beach in Studland, Dorset, May 2013
I’m Kate, welcome to eight potatoes.
First things first, a warning: I like to digress.
When I was small my Nan always used to say this potato rhyme, followed by: “there is always room for one more under [her] wing” (hence eight potatoes). This is what our dining room is like. We have four dining chairs around a table meant for four, and despite there rarely being less than eight of us when we have a ‘dinner party’, I know that I will always figure out a way to cram in any extras if I need to (a bit like the fact that despite often being full up after a main course, I will usually figure out way to cram a pudding in too). At the end of the day though, good company and good food make for a good atmosphere, so who cares if four are sat on dining chairs, two in highchairs, one on a swivelling computer desk chair and the other on a fold-out camping chair? It is my friends and family that sit round my dinner table, so the less pretentious our eat-togethers are the more fun will be had by all.
Despite growing up with a computer at home, fancy IT suites at school and being married to Ben, a (in the nicest possible way) computer/video-game know-it-all (are they still called video games?), I didn’t seem to enter the 21st century when everyone else did; and now, at the tender young age of 31 I already feel like I’m a complete dinosaur when it comes to anything my new boss refers to as ‘digital’ (I had to get dinosaurs in, our son Harry LOVES them). So, due to not particularly liking the idea of being a dinosaur at just 31, loving to prove people wrong (next time my new boss talks to me about dropbox and clouds etc., I will know what she’s on about) and wanting somewhere to document and share the ideas behind the regular themed eat-togethers Ben, Harry and I have with my sister and her family, I have entered the 21st century, the world of blogging and twitter etc., and created eight potatoes.
We call them eat-togethers rather than dinner parties because ‘dinner party’ sounds a bit lah-di-dah and grown up (just because you’re 31 doesn’t mean you’re a grown up; you’re only as old as you feel, and I definitely don’t feel 31, maybe 25). We decide upon themes because one time Ben and I had been to Belgium and brought back a load of Gueuze beer, so decided to have it along with Carbonnades de boeuf (Belgian beef and ale stew, sorry, I like languages) and, much to my sister’s horror (I’ll explain when I give you my recipe), Belgian chocolate mousse. This got us onto what other themes we could do; American night with homemade burgers and cream soda, Italian night with pizza and gelato and homemade chinese takeaway night … and the list is still going on.
A month in and I love my blog as much as I love cooking, eating and feeding people. The only downsides are that my house is now even more of a mess than it was before (because I spend too much time blogging and not enough time cleaning it) and Ben often has to wait for his dinner while I take a picture of it for the blog! Oh well, he always says it’s worth the wait and ends up full up and happy. I hope you and your friends and family will end up full up and happy too.
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