The start of this week was a blur. It was none stop cooking, and all because of my involvement in this months Host for Hope campaign which is being run by charity Pancreatic Cancer UK.
I’m fortunate to have not lost any of my close friends or family to pancreatic cancer but I am fully aware of how devastating cancer as a disease can be, having lost my Grandad to it. When Pancreatic Cancer UK invited me to join in with Host for Hope and organise a food related fundraising event, I immediately said yes.
I ran a dinner party for 6 people, following a day spent at The Woodspeen cookery school down in Berkshire but you can do something much simpler, anyone can get involved. You could bake some cupcakes and sell them in your office or maybe charge your other half for a weeks worth of packed lunches. You’ll find lots of fundraising info over here.
I followed my time plan as directed by John meticulously and aside from a slightly cold pastry tart, everything went very well. The key is to keep calm and have a clear running order written out in front of you. Prep everything you can and have all the pots and pans to hand. I was nervous before hand but actually, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and even had time to sit with my guests and chat. What a great opportunity to get 5 of my closest friends together to drink, chat, eat and raise awareness for this campaign.
What did we eat? I’ll be writing up the recipes in more detail soon but for now, here is a pictoral breakdown of our mammoth meal!
Pumpkin veloute with bloomer bread
Wild mushroom risotto
Crown of chicken, tart fine, greens & red wine jus
Selection of cheese, lavash & rye bread
Chocolate fondant, fruit of the forest, chocolate soil & vanilla creme fraiche
The dinner party was a huge success and I’ve already raised £100 in donations from my generous friends. I’ve got a Just Giving page set up here – so please dig deep and donate a few quid if you can. Every penny counts and goes straight to the good work done by Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Are you hosting a foodie event for Host for Hope month? Please share your plans in the comments box below, I’d love to know what you’re planning.