Monday, 24 October 2016

Editing and Dining

This is turning out to be a busy couple of weeks, but for good reasons! I'm now going through the final edits and polishing of my new Scottish novel, Return to Kilcraig, which will be published in early November. I'm hoping to have a Facebook launch party on Friday, November 4th, but will confirm it nearer the time as no doubt the party will also take place on here, for those not on FB.

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This is also my birthday week and my good friend, Catriona, has already taken me out for a lovely lunch at Bath Street Arches in Gourock, a small bistro offering a healthy and delicious menu. What an original taste experience it turned out to be, with a variety of small dishes in unusual combinations, all beautifully cooked and presented.

BBQ Pork, cucumber cannelloni and Pomegranate salsa
We both had different choices which allowed me to photograph some of the meals. I really enjoyed this way of dining - not quite tapas-size but small portions from a varied menu. It also left room for dessert: pear and ginger crumble for me (healthy with just a smattering of crumble and loads of fruit and ginger!) and mini pavlova with lime curd and fresh fruit for Catriona.

Hot smoked salmon and pickle
Mini pavlova
And here's the lovely box of peppermint creams my talented friend made for me - half dipped in milk or plain chocolate!

I have a few more treats lined up this week, not all involving food! At the weekend, I'm looking forward to an evening out with the family at a huge fireworks display set to classical music at a large country estate. If we're not rained out, I'll let you know all about it afterwards!



Patsy said...

Happy birthday!

That food looks almost too pretty to eat.

Joanna said...

Many congratulations for next month's publication of Return to Kilcraig, Rosemary! I'm looking forward very much to reading it.
The meals you had are like delicate works or art. I hope you have a wonderful time at the fireworks - I love the idea of setting them to classical music - and that your special week continues to bring lots of good things. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! xxx

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rosemary & have a fab day - great photos! Love Catriona XO

Carolb said...

Hope you had a lovely birthday, Rosemary, and congratulations on the new book.

The food looks yummy.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Happy belated birthday! Those photos made me hungry but unfortunately I don't have anything nearly as delicious as any of it in my house right now!

Looking forward to your new book. x

Wendy's Writing said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Rosemary. The food looks delicious!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Patsy - it does indeed!

Many thanks, Joanna - it's an exciting time!

Thanks, Catriona - you're a great friend!

Thank you, Carol - it tasted as good as it looks!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks, Debs - it was certainly a treat!

Thanks, Wendy - I did indeed!