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Weren’t they lucky!

Our lovely couples on Saturday! Rain and storms Friday dampened the set ups and today washed out the clear up, but Saturday the sun shone all day with not a spot of rain! Someone was watching over them, they were all so delightful that they deserved the perfect day!

MJ & I went to Sandridgebury Farm for Kathryn & Chris’s reception. The marquee looked stunning with so many flower arrangements that her Mum and friend had made, with potted herbs as favours it looked and smelt fantastic!

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They arrived to chilled glasses of Prosecco and afternoon tea canapés shortly followed by their Lady Toast Master, Joyce Goodwin expertly setting up their receiving line, she politely told them that everyone will want to stand and chat for ages, but we have a feast to eat! So shake hands and pass them along the line, like passing a rugby ball! Couldn’t of said it better myself! Delightful lady, was a pleasure to work alongside her.

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They had a traditional three course wedding breakfast with a choice of Chicken Liver Pate, Spiced Red Onion Chutney, Cornichons, Ciabatta, Rocket Leaves or Bruschetta of Cherry Vine Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Shaved Parmesan, Rocket Pesto, that was just for starters!

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Then for main course they had a hog roast, complete with stuffing and crackling accompanied by buttered baby new potatoes and salads of Rocket, Mixed Baby Leaves, Parmesan Shavings, Lime Dressing; Roasted Med Vegetables, Garlic, Lemon and Olive Oil; and Vine Tomato, Feta, Cucumber Black Olives and Rocket Pesto.

But MJ did save the best till last a choice of Eton Mess or Tiramisu, even all the staff’s mouths were drawling! It looked divine and not a bit was left by anyone!

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Dancing followed and a very happy couple started with a dance they had obviously been practising! Very sweet. Evening food of cheeseboards and wedding cake completed the feast! Joyce was right to get them in and moving so quickly! Lovely family, we all enjoyed being part of such a special occasion.

Dan & Ian were at Haileybury School for Lisa & Andy’s reception. Andy went to school here, so it seemed fitting to hold the ceremony there. After getting married in the schools chapel the bride and groom came down a red carpet with their friends and family to be greeted by chilled champagne and Kingfisher canapés in front of the marquee. The marquee sides were pulled back for the start of speeches to allow the sunshine to flood in.

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Another 3 course wedding breakfast was served with a choice once again over the courses. Busy prep week for the kitchen! Well done team and with JV sunning himself it can’t of been a easy week!
They started with Roasted Butternut, Rocket, Sun Blushed Tomato and Devon Blue Cheese Tart, Roasted Pepper Tapenade, Herb Salad or Poached Salmon and Tiger Prawn Tian, Lemon and Parsley Mayonnaise, Bloody Mary Dressing or Ham Hock and Parsley Terrine, Walnut Bread ,Spiced Apple Chutney, Pea Shoots.
Followed by a main course of either Roasted Breast of Corn Fed Chicken, Champ Potato, Warm Salad of Chorizo, Green Beans, Peas and Butternut, Madeira Jus or Rump of English Lamb, coleannon mash, asparagus and baby carrots and mint hollandaise or Black Olive Polenta, Roasted Vegetables and Mizuna Pesto.

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Lastly another Trio of Desserts of Pimms, Mint & Strawberry Trifle, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Toffee Sauce, Clotted Cream & Lemon Posset, Raspberries, Ginger Biscuit! Delicious!

With the bar open and the sun cascading into the marquee, it was only a matter of time before everyone was dancing the night away to an amazing DJ.
With carriages arranged for midnight, the bride and groom and many friends and family made their way to their local hotels to continue their celebrations into the small hours!

So well done to all Kingfisher staff again! a huge effort this week by everyone involved! Here’s onto next week! Cheers!

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Beautiful County Wedding!

Saturday we had the pleasure of catering for Alison & Chris’s Wedding at the beautiful Shenley Walled Garden near St Albans. The marquee looked stunning with a country flower theme running through complete with hessian table runners and painted wooden orange crates. Alison had been collecting bits for ages and it showed, her attention to detail shone through.

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In the warm afternoon sunshine the guests arrived to glasses of chilled Prosecco and canapés which we served in the beautiful gardens. John & MJ fired up the barbecue and cooked in view of the guests. The smells from the Lamb, Mint & Feta Burgers, Pork & Apple Sausages and the Honey, Seasame and Soy Salmon was divine! We served all of this on platters to each table and with the accompanying salads and potatoes it looked like a delicious feast.

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The meal was completed with a Lemon Tart & Summer Berry Coulis. All washed down with wine and champagne and of course tea, coffee and biscuits!

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After all that eating the guests made there way outside to a barn dance in the amphitheater, great fun way to get all the guests moving again! After a DJ got the whole marquee dancing the night away! Lovely day, great for us to be part of it!

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Festival Wedding!

Saturday saw us back at the beautiful Brook Farm in Cuffley for Sarah Jane & Matt’s festival style wedding. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind, but the rain and wellies just added to the perfect look & feel of the day!

The marquee was complete with a huge stage, strobe lighting and bunting. The floor was even left as grass. Lots of greenery and deck chairs completed the look!

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They arrived in an old MG, Sarah Jane in a beautiful flowing cream dress complete with bare feet, who really cared about the rain!

Guests arrived to glasses of Pimms & homemade sandwiches, then feasted on a hog roast and salads, toasted to a homemade elderflower champagne, and finished on a pork pie wedding cake, delicious, perfect festival food & drink.

After dinner the band played late into the night and the guests danced & danced, I even think everyone forgot about the thunder & rain happening outside! Lovely day had by all, we so enjoyed being part of it, we even served in our wellies!

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Double wedding weekend in the Hertfordshire sunshine!

Saturday saw a busy weekend for the KF team! First double wedding day of the season with big numbers to cater for, but both I’m pleased to say, were a great success!
Ian led team 1 for Hannah & Thom’s wedding at Bayford Hall Farm for 127 guests in the beautiful Tipis.

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Arrival cocktails, Gin & Elderflower Sherbert & Madras with a selection of canapés welcomed the guests upon arrival.

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Kingfisher signature Slow Roast Hog followed served with bowls of salads & potatoes, finished off with their wedding cake, made it a perfect meal. The Tipi rocked the night away to a Madness tribute band, playing not only ‘one step beyond’ but many 80’s tunes. It was encore after encore!

Team 2 were at the beautiful Brook a Farm for Heidi & Nick’s wedding. Laying up in the rain on Friday no one could of predicted just how beautiful the day would turn out! The marquee looked beautiful but not as beautiful as the bride and her bridesmaids, all in light olive green, they complimented the decor beautifully.

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Champagne and canapés for arrival, followed by Kingfisher BBQ of Beef & Sun-blushed tomato burgers, Piri Piri Chicken Skewer, Haloumi Cheese & Vegetable Skewer, served with Cajun sweet potato wedges, baby new roasted potatoes, Greek Salad, vine tomato, baby mozzarella, red onion & rocket pesto salad. Delicious! Cooked to perfection by our lovely John!

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Desserts made by family & friends followed by a lot of dancing, helped along by drinks flowing from the bar!

Great day had by all, Well done everyone for helping to make both days a big success, especially our ‘newbies’ Dan, Anna, Chloe, Anton, Toni, Helen, Georgia and Emma!

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Champagne for arrival drinks? or something a bit different?

This time of the year we meet our couples and their family’s who are putting together the final details for their special day next summer They come for a tasting at our kitchens to finalise their menus and it gives us a chance to go through timings and specifics of the day. One of the things we always discuss is alcohol arrangements! Traditionally guests have always been met with a glass of champagne on arrival, but is that what they really want on a hot summers day after being in church and chased around by the photographer? In my experience everyone is gasping for a longer drink and hungry for food, so I would always suggest something more thirst quenching, rather than a small flute of champagne, and of course some of our delicious canapés!
This year we have mixed many a cocktail and the feedback is always welcoming, so if you are having that relaxed, outdoors, tipis or marquee wedding, go with something like the following, it just suits the day so well! A long cocktail, filled with fruit and ice, served from big glass decanters makes a unique change from the traditional!

Here are my top 6 arrival drinks for that chilled out reception;

1. Pimms, of course, a lovely summer refreshing drink, made with lots of ice and strawberries, cucumber & mint and lashings of ice cold lemonade.
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2. Mojito, another classic, mint sprigs with sugar, lemon and lime juices poured over ice, add rum and club soda to finish, very refreshing!
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3. Alcoholic pink lemonade, this not only looks but tastes great! Vodka based mixed with Pink Lemonade and ice, topped with mint and a strawberry!
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4. Alcoholic ginger beer. Rather than brewing your own, mix vodka or gin with shop bought ginger beer and top with lime wedges, mint and ice. You can also make this with whiskey.
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5 & 6. These have to be the two created by Dan & Katie for their wedding in Henham. Both cocktails were created by the bride & groom to show their individual style. So Dan’s ‘The Big Apple’ was made from Apple & cinnamon infused whiskey, pressed apple juice & ginger beer. And Katie’ ‘Henham Hedgerow’, vodka with fresh blackberries, elderflower, mint & soda.
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You can buy these drinks dispensers from many outlets including http://www.drinkstuff.com

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Rump of Lamb, Shepherds Pie, Vegetable Dauphinoise!

So Saturday saw the KF team in Henham Village Hall, for Dan & Katie’s village fete style wedding! Beautifully dressed village hall with bunting, homemade cakes and homemade cocktails! Mixed to perfection by Jodie!
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Drinks dispensers by http://www.drinkstuff.com
Both cocktails were created by the bride & groom to show their individual style. So Dan’s ‘The Big Apple’ was made from Apple & cinnamon infused whiskey, pressed apple juice & ginger beer. And Katie’ ‘Henham Hedgerow’, vodka with fresh blackberries, elderflower, mint & soda.
Katie & Dan arrived in a camper van in true style of the day! Guests enjoyed the cocktails and canapés despite the drizzly rain. They were then seated for a wonderful 3 course wedding breakfast of anti Pasti boards of Proscuitto, salami Milano, chorizo, olives, artichokes, marinated roasted peppers and bruschettas.
Main course was delicious, cooked to perfection, by John & MJ in probably the smallest kitchen we have ever worked in!
Rump of Lamb, mini shepherds pie, root vegetable dauphinoise, green beans and redcurrant jus.
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Desserts supplied by friends and family of Apple pies, cheesecakes, fairy cakes topped off the meal with tea & coffee.
We then cleared the room to make way for lots of dancing and did they party! Even grandma was tapping her feet!

Another great wedding weekend, last one for a while for us, now getting prepared for those Christmas corporate parties!!

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Busy week at HQ!

Another busy week for the kitchen this week, 5 tastings for clients for bookings next year, a corporate buffet and getting set for Katie and Dan’s big day tomorrow! It’s all go! And we are supposed to be quietening down!
Tomorrow’s menu consists of anti pasti boards for starters, rump of lamb, mini shepherds pie, root vegetable dauphinoise, green beans & redcurrant jus. Followed by homemade deserts! Yum!
My best bit is the cocktails we are mixing for arrival drinks! Henham hedgerow! Vodka, elderflower, lime, soda and blackberries and big apple, made up of spiced whiskey, apple juice and ginger beer! Great autumnal warmers!
Let’s hope for sunshine and a great day for our last wedding of the season but with those cocktails I can’t think it will be anything but!

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