A Right Royal Knees Up
It had to be done, William and Kate had decided to tie the knot at last. I waited with baited breath for the announcement. Finally , in November, it came. I could breath again.
April 29th 2011. How fantastic. I decided I would go on a diet and spend a fortune on hair and clothes so that I would look good at the Abbey. What would I bring as a wedding gift? Some Caribbean Food fruit cake? Some Ceremonial Sorrel drink?
The invitation never arrived.
Never mind, I’ve lost a stone in weight, and I didn’t want to go anyway. All those TV cameras. All those people. Braying and cheering at anything that moved.
No I didn’t want to go.
But of course I wanted to see the dress.
We all piled into my brother’s house. Friends, family and hangers’ on – most weren’t intending to watch, but because we had watched the Royal Soap that was ‘Charles and Diana’, It was felt that we had to watch William get married. For Diana. Needless to say, it was really only the women that stayed glued to the TV, the men had lost the will to live.
We were told to bring something to eat, so I made some savoury Caribbean food tarts – Ackee,and Panchetta. Of course there had to be fizz, so I brought a couple of bottles of Pommery.
Oh, it was loverly! It was grand! Nobody in the world does Pageants the way we do here in Britain! Moreover, they didn’t leave us out, reference to ‘Commoners’ were made throughout the broadcast, people were fawning, bowing and scraping all over the place making me feel quite queasy- as if I had been transported back to the Victorian age!
I can now rest easy knowing that the ‘Chelsea set’, and the blue blooded aristocrats, not only had a good time, but that they are seemingly riding out the credit crunch without too much pain, judging by the outfits.
Furthermore, when I’ve lost my job, as most of us ‘commoners’ will in the next couple of years, at least I can sleep well at night knowing the Royal Family will be able to survive yet another generation. Hurrah!
Gawd bless you all suh!
Celebrate with me by making my caribbean food savoury tarts.
Angeli’s Supreme Caribbean Food Ackee and Panchetta tart.
It is nigh on impossible to get fresh Ackees unless you are in the Caribbean, so we always used tinned.
1 x 500g tin Ackee
1/4 teas thyme
1 teas chopped garlic
2 plump ripe tomatoes chopped
1 teas freshly ground black pepper
3 rashers of panchetta , or bacon thinly sliced into 2cm long pieces.
1/2 teas salt.
1 packet of puff pastry (375g)
Oven temp 22oc or 200c(fan)
Open tin of Ackee and drain off liquid. Put ackee into bowl of hot salted water and leave
Fry off the Panchetta/bacon for aprox 3 mins on a med high heat.
Next add the onion and fry for aprox another minute.
Now add the tomato, garlic, thyme and scotch bonnet and cook for aprox 2mins
Finally, gently strain off the water from the Ackee, and carefully add to the tomato mixture.
Turn down heat to med low and cook for about 2 mins.
Remove contents to a plate and sprinkle the black pepper over the mixture. Leave to cool.
Roll out the pastry until approx 0 .5 mm/1/4 inch thick.
divide pastry into 4 rectangles – each about 8cmx12cm or about 6inx4in. and place onto a non-stick baking tray.
Pile the cooled mixture onto the rolled and scored pastry and put into oven for about 15mins.
(it is very important that you score the inner area with a knife so that the pastry under the mixture doesn’t rise).
Now serve as a substantial starter, or as a wonderful snack and enjoy!
Love, Laughter and Food for All