Last night I cooked and cooked in preparation for my in-laws visiting this weekend. I made Gran's little cheese biscuits and a boiled fruitcake and shortbread and a sherry trifle. I made meatballs to be cooked later today in a tomato sauce. I also made chicken stock from the bones of the roast chicken we ate earlier in the week. The house smells wonderful.
I felt that I was channeling my grandmother, although Gran would probably not have made meatballs. I think she would more likely have cooked a roast and a clear vegetable soup for guests.
This morning I will make lemony leeks with rice for a side dish and whip cream for the top of the trifle. I'll warm the crusty bread I bought yesterday and make pumpkin soup with the chicken stock and one of the pumpkins I grew last summer and stored in the cellar. I might even bake a batch of scones, if time allows. And of course, the whole family can help straighten up the house in readiness.
I have probably over-catered, but I always do. I like my guests to have plenty to eat. Indeed, it's not really possible to over-cater with teenagers in the house. They'll Hoover up any leftovers in no time at all.
Do you over-cater for guests?