Anna: Why did you choose this, Kirstin?
Kirstin: Because Pat’s a vegetarian!
Zoe: So, it’s all your fault! You know what, everything’s his fault.
Pat: It’s my lot in ife.
Kirstin: No, seriously, I like sea bass. It was a good excuse to cook fish…I rarely cook fish for lots of people, so it was a good challenge.
Tom: I liked the potatoes. They were like chips crossed with crisps!
Peter: Was there a lot of saffron in there?
Kirstin: Only a pinch.
Anna: I’m not a fan of saffron. I’d leave it out.
Zoe: Don’t you like saffron?
Anna: It’s just not one of my favourite flavours.
Kirstin: It’s like me with tagines. I don’t like fruit and meat together. Miles, what are you up to now?
Tom: He’s being a knight with a light sabre.
Kirstin: Back to the fruit and meat thing.
Anna: Yes, I’ve had to put up with that for a whole year!
Pat: Fruit and meat… give me an example?
Tom: Lamb with raisins!
Kirstin: Duck and orange!
Zoe: Ham and pineapple!
Anna: Just open that Nigel Slater book! But the fish was delicious. And I didn’t mind sharing it with my husband.
Lee: It fell off the bone without looking as though it would fall off. But a fish is a fish is a fish unless it’s a lobster. I like lobster. Fish, oh fish, mackayambe! Nobody can spell that.
Kirstin: Mum! If it’s a lobster then it’s a lobster!
Zoe: It’s a crustacean. So you would prefer lobster?
Anna: It can be very rich. There’s a time and a place for lobster.
Kirstin: Well, the fish came out well. Even though the oven was doing weird things.
Zoe: It was weeping! I think it was just emotional.
Anna: How much did that oven cost?
Kirstin: It wasn’t as much as a Gaggenau, which was the same price as a small car…
Tom: What did you think of the pudding?
Kirstin: Everyone liked it except for Anna.
Anna: I was just being honest! I liked it!
Lee: Her plate is quite clear.
Anna: I just wasn’t sure about the red wine.
Zoe: It gave it that sangria taste!
Anna: That’s just because you are an alcoholic.
Zoe: There is that.
Kirstin: It was meant to be in a bowl, with the cream, and the wine in a moat around. I used less than he said. He also said just to combine the ingredients for the cream, when actually they needed to be whipped up.
Zoe: Any less and I would have wanted more!
Anna: That’s because you are an alcoholic.
Zoe: Will you stop going on about that!
Kirstin: My favourite part of the evening was when you fell into the rabbit run.
Zoe: The entertainment was exceptional! Almost contemporary dance! I feel guilty that nobody rushed to his aid.
Kirstin: I took a picture.
Zoe: Peter was the only one who wasn’t crying with laughter.
Peter: I was paralysed by fear! It’s a good thing the rabbit wasn’t in there.
Anna: Ooh, we could cook rabbit.