When visiting Jill and John Gray in that beautiful city of Bath, one thing is always guaranteed.. a delicious feast! Last visit did not disappoint..
We were welcomed into the kitchen by a tantalising mixture of aromas. The main event was a boeuf bourguignon and to Jill’s horror not only had I recently tasted the real thing on my stop in Burgundy on the Food and Wine Tour, but my mum and brother both confessed to have been served it at separate dinner parties on New Year’s Eve. Poor Jill thus felt she had a lot to live up to. However, she surpassed all possible expectations by not only having slow cooked the dish all day long to create the most tantalising texture but also by adding an extra twist to spice things up a bit. This consisted of giant homemade croutons layered with Dijon mustard and topped with a generous helping of cheese. These were added to the brewing cauldron of taste just before serving to soak up the flavours and slightly crisp. The result was perfection and I can honestly say it beat the authentic version I tried in Burgundy in a tourist-sparse village.. and that is saying something! If Jill will disclose the recipe, I will most definitely enclose it next time!
To follow was Banoffee Pie. Again, Jill’s audience proved rather difficult as the majority of diners did not like banana, but loved Banoffee Pie. Safe to say there was many a piece of banana left on the otherwise scraped clean plates. It was absolutely divine with the smoothest caramel and a crunchy yet buttery base. YUM!
As if that wasn’t enough, John got out a cracking cheeseboard stuffed full of local and international cheeses of all kinds! And THEN he treated us to a few slithers of his delicious Jamón Iberico leg that he was given as a birthday gift from Jill a few months earlier. What a fantastic present idea, though it will set you back a bob or two it lasts for months.. Hint hint friends my birthday is coming up!!
This feast fit for a King definitely put us in that weekend indulgent mood, before we remembered that it was only Thursday night! To confuse us even more, our Friday morning we were served up a full fry up fit only for a Sunday morning. Lucky Crossley family!
Thanks Grays, what a treat!!