Mothers Day late lunch

On Mothers Day, we enjoyed a late lunch with Jac’s family.

We brought bunches of flowers for the mums.

Mothers Day flowers for the mums

Jac and I prepared the first course. We’d marinated chicken thighs pieces in a mixture of half hoisin sauce, half oyster sauce and the juice of an orange. The marinade smelled a little peculiar to me as we prepared the chicken, but once it was cooked, it smelled fantastic! Jac panfried the thighs until they were almost fully cooked, then put them in an oven-proof dish. We brought the dish of chicken with us to B and K’s house and finished cooking it n their oven. We served the chicken with a mini salad. The chicken was tender and succulent, and I wished they were bigger. But then, I knew there was more delicious food to come.

Marinated chicken thighs with salad

The main course was shepherd’s pie, made by K. I stalked it with my camera as soon as K took it out of the oven.

Shepherd's pie - whole

B arranged steamed green beans in a grid pattern on our plates and served large pieces of pie on top. We also had steamed broccoli on the side. The pie was made from a new recipe K was trying out for the first time, and we all critiqued it as we ate. I liked the thick layer of mashed potato, but Jac thought there was too much potato. We thought the filling needed more gravy to moisten the entire pie. We all thought we’d tasted better shepherd’s pies, but I enjoyed it anyway. :)

Shepherd's pie - piece

Dessert had two phases! The first, matchsticks, homemade by Jac’s mum Pattycakes. Does anyone know why these puff pastry treats are called “matchsticks”?

Dessert - matchsticks

The matchsticks were filled with jam and cream and sprinkled with icing sugar. I’ve seen matchsticks topped with pink and white icing too. The basic matchsticks recipe can be found easily on the Internet. The crisp pastry went so well with the soft fluffy cream and the sweet sticky jam inside.

Matchstick close-up - jam and cream

Phase two of dessert was also made by Pattycakes – hot apple crumble, which we ate with fresh whipped cream.

Apple crumble

The bowl of whipped cream just happened to be placed right in front of me. It was tempting to keep eating cream straight out of the bowl. I didn’t though. :-P

Whipped cream

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