This afternoon I have a big dose of wedding inspiration in the form of this...
Today we are talking food with Boho Bride Rachel. Last time we met with Rachel she was telling us all about her hunt for the perfect dress . Today Rachel is talking us through her wedding day menus choices and how she is intending to cater the wedding herself!….(Brave women!)
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I’ll pass the Blog over to Rachel so she can tell you all about the plans she has for her wedding food………….
Phil and I never much fancied a ‘proper’ wedding breakfast at our wedding. Finding something that 150 guests will all enjoy is obviously impossible, and we didn’t quite fancy the formal vibe of the three course meal. Our mutual appreciation of pork made a hog roast an easy choice for the evening, but what of the main meal of the day?
At my sister’s wedding, there was a fabulous buffet, and that was the direction our minds first turned in. Then, inspired by wedding blogs and possibly temporary insanity, I declared that we should have afternoon tea, and that I would cater it myself. Phil was immediately on board, ‘as long as there’s quiche!’, and in the blink of an eye we were the proud owners of forty two-tier cake stands from Tiger. They worked out cheaper than hiring, and, remarkably, cheaper than the cardboard cake stands which seem to be all over the place at the moment.
From repeated experience of catering for buffets in the past (though never for so many people), I knew that just cake wouldn’t cut it. It’s always the savoury things that get munched up first, which I think must be a sign that we’re officially grown-ups. Some things were immediately obvious – plain scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, my mum’s carrot cake, chocolate brownies from Nigella’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess (if there’s no brownies, there’s no party), savoury mini muffins and cheese scones.
On the homemade jam front, I have a whole cupboard full of jars in my utility room at the moment. We’ve got a mixture of blackberry and apple and plain blackberry and despite me bubbling one batch all over my range cooker, it’s very tasty. Who knows, maybe exploding your jam helps add flavour?Rachel’s home-made jam
The plan is to have one savoury cake stand and one sweet cake stand per table, and to have all sorts of lovely different things for people to nibble at. We’re going to do a cheese board with some delicious local cheeses (Lincolnshire Poacher, Red Leicester, Stilton… my tummy is grumbling at the thought!), and my mother in law to be has whipped up some of her very delicious chutney.
The internet has been fertile ground for all sorts of yummy sounding savouries to add to our collection of yummies. I’ve been pinning away on Pinterest and am getting excited about trying out some of the new recipes soon. I’m particularly excited at the prospect of crispy ravioli nibbles and chunks of homemade focaccia.
Photo credits and full recipes for each item 1) Mini Victoria sponge cakes 2) Nigella’s Brownies 3) Lemon bars 4) Blueberry, lemon and mint drizzle cake 5) Bakewell tart 6) Gluten Free Scones 7) Chocolate and rose cookies
Photo credits and full recipes for each item 1) Smoked salmon and saffron pasties 2) Olive and rosemary focaccia 3) Ham, cheese and mustard muffins 4) Stilton & poppy seed sablés 5) Fluffy topped cheese and onion tarts 6) Crispy Ravioli Nibbles 7) Tomato vol-au-vents
Of course, this is going to be a bit of a mission. We’re on the hunt for a chest freezer on Freecycle and eBay at the moment, so we can fill it with things that can be frozen in advance, and there will be three days of baking prior to the wedding to get everything else done. It’s going to be a little bit frantic, but there’s nothing I like better than spending hours on end in the kitchen creating tasty morsels, so it sounds like the perfect run up to the wedding to me!Rachels’s homemade scones and jam
I’d love to hear about any particularly tasty nibbly recipes you might have up your sleeve – especially if they’re gluten-free or vegan. Would you ever cater for your own wedding breakfast, or do you think I’m utterly insane?