The king’s kitchens and my birthday supper

July 14, 2015

At RBG Kew, one of the most charming areas for me are the King’s kitchens and the kitchen’s garden.

On the second floor is a small room with chairs and some lovely reproduction books and menus from King George’s era.

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One book I was particularly captivated by was The Compleat Housewife 1727!

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And, as we were making a roast lamb for my birthday supper, I decided to take some points.

On roasting…

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…and on roasting lamb.

Crikey, didn’t learn this in Cordon Bleu. 😀

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By the time we got home I forgot the lot, so relied on my own methods.

But the lamb was amazing.

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And so were the roasted potatoes and Mediterranean veggies.

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I did have a bit of an Olde English flourish with my chocolate cake though and decorated with rose petals and wild flowers. 😀

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I might need to add that lovely little book to my old cookery book collection. 😀

Do you collect old books? Actually, I can’t resist old gardening books. Love those.

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  • Reply marianbonelli July 14, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Wonderful! I can almost taste the lamb, my favorite meat, Franco and I had a similar piece on Sunday for his birthday! Mxx

  • Reply Sabra Bowers July 15, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Beautiful cake! Yes, I collect cookbooks and gardening book. Hope your birthday was the best!

  • Reply Tessa July 15, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Delicious dinner…

    Charming lantern…

    It give us pause, to read about ‘the old ways,’ does it not? 🙂


  • Reply daryledelstein July 15, 2015 at 6:15 am

    your cake looked gorgeous .. i bet it tasted delish

  • Reply Dewena July 15, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday to you, Veronica! Your birthday supper looks wonderful, I think I even smell the lamb!

    Yes, I collect old cookbooks and old gardening books, take them to bed to read!

  • Reply Patty/NS July 15, 2015 at 11:32 am

    So happy to see you are back in England with your lovely Robert. Sounds like a lovely Birthday dinner and it all looked very yummy, it is making me hungry! Try as I might I have still not produced lovely roasted potatoes as yours. What is your secret, please do share?

  • Reply Rosemarie Daviduk July 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm


    You are making us all hungry and wanting to sit down for dinner with you and Robert.

    We are all enjoying an/your English holiday.

    Belated birthday wishes.

  • Reply Jennifer J. Chow July 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Looks delicious! Happy birthday 🙂

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm July 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Oh my I have never roafled anything before ! LOL … how superb. Your dinner looked amazing … if only I lived closer or is it clofer 😀

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