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COMMUNITY Conversation Pieces The Compromise Biscuits and cheese are another good old standby—it is surprising how much pleasure can be had from constructing one’s own particular fancy, and if other ingredients are to hand—olives, prawns, parsley, tuna, mayonnaise, in fact anything small and tasty, then your guests will be happy indulging their own personal cravings. by Jim Cunningham If you have a mind to wrap up the proceedings and see the last guest out the door, by a specifi ed time, without resorting to the ‘last orders for drinks’ or ‘time, gentlemen please,’ approach, then a good ploy with a more subtle message is to have a tureen of soup, nothing fancy—tomato and basil with a wee touch of Tabasco will send them on their way with a hearty glow and a spring in their step. Dispense with mugs and distribute about a quarter of an hour before your deadline. This is particularly effective in the winter climate. It may seem peculiar to have what is regarded as a starter, served at the conclusion of the event, but it works, and I am sure Mrs Beaton would approve. Brainteaser The answers to the following clues all contain the same fi rst three letters. The answer to each clue is in alphabetical order. The number of letters in each answer is contained in brackets after the clue. ANSWERS: ABSTAIN, ABSTINENCE, ABSTRACT, ABSURD WEST COAST REVIEW | 31 At one end of the entertaining spectrum is the ‘drinks do’ - a short term, early evening affair. Largely standing around (limited seating for geriatrics and those with crutches) with a glass of wine or two, and the odd appearance of a mini sausage roll or other delicacy to assuage the pangs of hunger. At the opposite end is the full blown dinner party. Here, after a later start and an open-ended fi nish, a limited number of guests all qualify for a seat at the dining table. The best silver is to hand, the linen is immaculate, and the food follows a logical progression from starter, right through to coffee, liqueurs, and after-dinner mints. However, if your potential guest list is longer than your table, you don’t want to risk using the Crown Derby, and you wish your guests to depart replete, then the answer to your prayers could well be the running buffet. As it’s name implies this is sustenance available to the whim of the partaker, fairly soon after the start of the proceedings, until the fi nal curtain. But not your normal dinner party fare with all the accoutrements necessary for the partaking—no, more the fi nger licking variety that can be transferred from the supply plate to one of your own along with the other selections on offer—no knives or forks unless specifi cally requested, and paper plates if the dishwasher is on the blink. Some concession should be made to those who like their food hot, and here, food such as sausage rolls, pizza slices, and cocktail sausages (not surprisingly) on cocktail sticks, spring to mind. Pus and pain are it’s trademark (7) Scarper with the loot (7) Descend vertically on cliff or building exterior (7) Not present (6) Latterly, fi nd the answer to pardon (7) Soak it up – like a sponge (6) Opt not to participate with a blemish (7) Renouncing alcohol is a good example (10) With paintings, a divorce from reality (8) Ludicrous, and defying belief (6) ABSCESS, ABSCOND, ABSEIL, ABSENT, ABSOLVE, ABSORB,


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