is Fourth of July of course. I am sure I mentioned it last year.
Matt & Trish hosted a bit of an international crowd at a 4th of July barbecue in their flat and garden in Notting Hill. The fancy dress theme was, wait for it: red, white & blue. Remember fancy dress means costume/theme, not formal. Bah.
Sarah & Andrea posed for my v. favorite pic. Andrea is Italian, and not the Long Island chicken parm-eating kind. The real deal. Sarah is from Texas. I am throwing in a photo they sent me from their wedding in Tuscany a couple weeks ago. Just because I can.
People brought to the bbq all kind of delicious staples from home like chili, rice crispy treats, macaroni & cheese, hot dogs and my family’s very-famous potato salad. I am not kidding about its fame. Try it for yourself.
Potato Salad recipe
4 cups diced cooked potato (I prefer peeled Idaho baking potatoes)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
i med onion diced
1/2 cup celery chopped
4 hard boiled eggs, diced
mix these 3 ingredients together and then mix together and pour over the potato mixture
1 cup mayo
1 tbl mustard (I like spicy brown and I also put in way more than this says)
2 tbl apple cider vinegar
Tastes much better after it’s been in the fridge for awhile.
And Siobhan made a red, white & blue cake with some serious dedication and attention to detail.
The more important part of the story is how fun the day was. Lots of great people and tunes (we even suffered through “Proud to Be An American” by Lee Greenwood several times). Independence Day always seems even more meaningful when abroad. Especially because Trish’s cousin made jello shots and you know momma had one.
Jonah lasted for 8 hours being passed from person to person and through several patriotic outfit changes, starting with his Obama onesie of course (thanks poren!). Matt & Trish are such thoughtful hosts they even constructed a nursing corner for me called ‘Jonah’s Diner’. Not a bad way to celebrate your 3-week old birthday.