So, Mrs Obama is visiting our country, to the great excitement of some and the great aggravation of many who get stuck in backed-up traffic when our roads and highways are closed to allow her motorcade to ferry her from place to place. She better not be in my neck of the woods this morning, I have a buffet to deliver before we hit the road for the mountains.
I’ve been up since 3.30 this morning; this is what I’ve made:
Oriental style meatballs and potato salad
Caprese salad on sticks
Pistachio and sumac chicken skewers
Vegetable spring rolls & chicken samoosas with sweet chilli sauce
French loaf with salmon filling
French loaf with cheese and tomato filling
Chocolate toffee cake with whipped cream.

I’ve also made potato salad, curried mince and a chicken mayo ciabatta bread for our supper when we arrive at the chalet tonight. I’m terribly excited; while the girls go horseriding and Old Spouse goes hiking, I plan to play in the kitchen with my camera. Lookie what my friend Sue brought me from her recent trip to England. I’m like a child in a toy store.

Happy weekend, friends. Love you all, see you next week.


60 Comments Add yours

  1. souldipper says:

    Dinner at the chalet sounds scrumptious. What a delicious decision, Cin. Enjoy yourself immensely.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I plan to, thank you Amy xxx

  2. siggiofmaine says:

    Thank you for your thoughts…
    In Downeast Maine, traffic tie-ups are common,
    the tourists, the back bone of the economy here,
    cause the traffic to slow to a snails pace,
    and your mention of having to deliver the food
    in a timely manner
    struck a cord as in the summer
    the daily thought is “can we get there from here”!
    All that work with perishables
    makes it all the more urgent for you…
    the food looks yummy,
    your gifts fun,
    and plans for the weekend, to boot ☺.
    Peace. Siggi in Downeast Maine.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Absolutely lovely comment, thank you Siggi 😀

  3. Shoo wee how jealous I am!!!! Those pieces are beautiful and the food smells scrumptious. Going to be nice and chilly hey. Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll stick close to the fire 🙂

  4. earlybird says:

    You HAVE been busy this morning!

    Have a great weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, sure it will be great 🙂

  5. slpmartin says:

    Up late tonight…evening of listening to world class jazz at a local venue…tired…but still awed by your ability to cook at this hour of the morning…going to bed…even more exhausted after reading about your early morning cooking…have a safe trip my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Charlie, sleep tight 🙂

  6. have a wonderful time, all of you 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sidey, will raise a toast to you 🙂

  7. dearrosie says:

    When the Obamas visit L.A and the traffic is shutdown all along their route we’re all late for work. It’s no fun.

    I cannot fathom how you cooked ALL that food so early in the morning. As far as I’m concerned 3:30 is still the middle of the night. I don’t think I could even manage to make a cup of coffee so early.

    I hope the Chalet in the Drakensberg is cozy with a fireplace

    1. theonlycin says:

      It has a beautiful fireplace 🙂

  8. Tandy says:

    I wish you a super weekend away 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks my friendy 🙂

  9. Well done!! Up and at it early … enjoy your holiday. There is just so much to do in the Berg and so many awesome restaurants. If you are in the mood for an awesome Sunday Lunch – La Lampara in Balgowan is my most recent find. Beautiful Italian food … wine … pizza oven … atmousphere in an old dairy in Balgowan. Awesome!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Jan, great idea for Sunday lunch!

  10. What a fabulous spread you have put together! Have a fabulous weekend away and happy playing with your camera.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      See you on the flip side, Mandy 🙂

  11. Sparky says:

    Enjoy the weekend Mrs Cin 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you my angel 🙂

  12. bluebee says:

    Caprese salad on sticks! Now, there’s a great idea! Have a happy, creative and peaceful weekend in those wonderful mountains

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m liking everything on sticks at the moment 🙂

  13. adeeyoyo says:

    Both menus sound as fabulous as I’m sure they will taste, Cin. Enjoy your break with no guilty thoughts… 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      No guilt whatsoever, adee 😉

  14. Tilly Bud says:

    Please marry me. 🙂

  15. Wish I could be with you – to photograph and EAT!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me too Paula 🙂

  16. mairedubhtx says:

    The food looks amazing as usual.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Fatima 🙂

  17. nrhatch says:

    Have a warm sit in front of the blazing fire . . . aah! Bliss.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed Nancy 😀

  18. suzicate says:

    Hope you have a fabulous time in the mountains!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I thought about you, you and Dirt Man would have been in your element 🙂

  19. mairedubhtx says:

    I selected you for the Blog Love award. Go here to check it out.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much 🙂

  20. You have a happy weekend, too, Cindy. The food looks so good. I’m in the mood for that chocolate toffee cake with whipped cream! It all looks good. I’d have a nervous breakdown trying to make all that stuff in one morning! Or in one week! Blessings…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Back at you for a blessed week, Carol xxx

  21. Pseu says:

    Busy busy you! Enjoy the weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was lovely, Pseu 🙂

  22. colonialist says:

    Looks great. Hope it all goes superbly – and Sue perbly for the new toys!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I got to meet you cousin 🙂

  23. Linda says:

    What a huge amount of food! You are magnificent. I can’t even imagine. Have a good trip.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Linda, back safely 🙂

  24. Oh how altogether DELICIOUS-looking, Cindy! Worth getting up so EARLY, I’m sure 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying a gorgeous weekend in the Berg!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi, it was bliss 🙂

  25. nursemyra says:

    Chocolate Toffee Cake with Whipped Cream? that may just be the most marvellous thing I have ever seen

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pop on over and I’ll make it for you, Myra 🙂

  26. lily says:

    you must have a good weekend , delicious food

  27. sue chef says:

    I see you got to meet Col and you are related??

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, indeed Sue 😀

  28. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lots of Yum! 🙂 Drooling going on here…

  29. Happy Travels and WOWEEE…. 330am up and at it cooking. Impressive! horse riding and Hiking, fabulous and oh so relaxing. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just relaxed by cooking, Chef, left all the other stuff to the clan 🙂

  30. The cutlery looks old: is it antiques? Are you a collector?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sort of a newbie collector, Lee. Most of these were a gift from a friend.

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