Scottish/Lancs/Welsh food [Moved from U.K./Ireland board]
An appeal to pick fellow Hounders' brains!
Two friends of mine are getting married in Blackpool in the summer. They are foodies and we have been discussing menus for the post-wedding feast.
One is from Scotland, the other from Wales, but roots in lancashire. It's going to be a fun do - they're looking for down to earth choices such as fish and chips, obv done in an amazing way.
Any suggestions for desserts, starters, cheeses, beverages etc gratefully recieved
Starters - potted shrimps or something using black pudding.
Cheese has to be a Lancashire. The obvious choice would be a Kirkhams but I would think about a Shorrocks "bomb" - a wonderfully strong Lancashire encased in balck wax - like the cartoonists classic anarchist's bomb. It'll look fab on the table.
For dessert, how about doing something posh with a Chorley or Eccles cake, or Manchester tart?
For a wacky way with the main course, I agree about fish and chips - but how about serving in traditional newspaper (or a modern printed repro)
And to finish off, what about smashing up some sticks of Blackpool rock?
Drinks - big choice of Lancashire beers. And serve Vimto as a soft drink
Is this a "big do" and, if so, presumably the caterers will have ideas about what's practical?
many thanks John - I was hoping you'd be able to help. Love the ideas. It's still very early stages and they're not sure about bringing in caterers as a member of the fmaily has a hotel in Blackpool and that's where it will be taking place.
So we may all be mucking in to help.
Manchester Tart sounds intriguing - but have no idea what it is? can you explain, please?
Manchester Tart recipe link
Bit like the more common Bakewell Tart. And I'm afraid I'm not keen on either. But, hey, what do I know......
If you're all mucking in, I think the ideas might work quite well as you can do a lot of prep beforehand. Fish & chips for a crowd might be a struggle.
Hotpot would certainly be easier to prepare for a crowd than fish & chips. But may not be fancy enough for the occasion - although Mrs H recently had it in a local restaurant.
Having been relaxing in the Canarian sunshine for a week with plenty of time to think, I've now come down in favour of Manchester Tart as a dessert - but only if the couple can find petits four sized Eccles/Chorley cakes to serve with coffee.
For Welsh, I'd suggest some laverbread - cooked seaweed, very popular in South Wales, which you traditionally have with Bacon & eggs. It looks like glutinous tinned spinach, and tastes of the sea. Get it by mail order from Parsons Pickles and others.