It would be better for me to just stop for a while, but no, once an idea comes one just blunders on enthusiastically.
Yesterday, someone from a neighbouring parish rang to ask if I’d play a few Harvest hymns before their Harvest Festival supper in September. I said I’d be happy to, as long as we aren’t having anything on the same night. So I emailed around, suggesting a Harvest lunch on the Sunday instead.
Usually, we either do a cold meal or casseroles, baked potatoes etc. But it seems a bit hackneyed as we’ve done the same sort of thing several times. So I started to think about it, and I decided that, for a lot of people, Sunday lunch is the only time everyone in a family sits down at a table and eats a ‘proper’ home-cooked meal. Home-made vegetable soup perhaps, followed by roast chicken and then old-fashioned English puddings.
A couple of difficulties, of course. There will be a church service from 11 o’clock to 12. And there’s one standard oven – fine for 12 guests, but we might have 40.
This sort of problem is not at all insurmountable, however. I am, as ever, completely overconfident. I’ll have to see what the PCC think. They might decide I’m an idiot. Some people think so, you know.
And what delicious traditionally English vegetarian dish shall I serve? Stitchwort, Blue Witch, any ideas please?