And here are the pics of the starter completed. More an exercise in assembly and presentation than anything else. I tried it two ways – with the cheese (Sussex Yeoman comes from Nut Knowle Farm dairy and is a delicious hard-pressed goats cheese) and crackers in a little bowl and the pear with the salad in the first, and then laid out separately in the second. I think I preferred the bowl version, though (as previously discussed) the crackers were a bit fat.
The salad was just lambs lettuce and some lovely fresh walnuts, dressed with olive oil, cider vinegar, salt, pepper and some decent honey.
I served it with a glass of Biddenden cider and also a tiny glass of calvados. The latter was jolly nice, but probably unnecessary. Unless you are the sort of drinker who finds it a struggle to get through a meal without a dose of spirits in which case it’s probably essential.
(And yes, I know the table cloth needs ironing…)