In the world of Dine Girl, everything and anything fabulous in life is an excuse for a culinary celebration–no matter how big or small. So, when duty called to join a test drive of the extraordinary new Bentley, our culinary gears started shifting…Even if we ourselves have limited road skills and car knowledge, we know a good piece of auto machinery when it crosses our paths. The Bentley Mulsanne. This amazing piece of British engineering is the crème de la crème for high-class travel. Sometimes the journey is as exciting as the destination.
Rather than toil around on I-87 for a few hours and leave it at that, we made it a weekend celebration. We were inspired by all things retro and properly British, and created some memorable feasts in honor of our fine automobile. And where better to host our Bentley (well, “ours” for the weekend anyway), than in a fabulous estate in the country! The extended winter actually served as the perfect backdrop to light up one last fire, crack open some fancy bubbly and dust of some LP’s.
Our dinner party started off with a cocktail hour: self-service caviar bar with Ruinart rose champagne. Decadently delicious scotch quail eggs with a selection of English mustard. In keeping in true British form, we served our prawn cocktails in martini glasses with curly parsley. A throw back which looked completely modern!
And dinner was served carvery-style, with perfectly puffed up Yorkshire puddings, plenty of gravy and the very best grass-fed standing rib roast of beef. After dinner, our guests retired to the fireplace with glasses of Macallan 18 and vintage port in tow to enjoy with the lemon soufflé pudding (scoffed down too quickly for any photo ops)…
Because “Bentley” and “diet” get along like oil and water—breakfast meant continuing the celebration. On the menu included homemade hollandaise sauce to go with our poached eggs and crisp asparagus, served with mimosas (the house champagne of course being Pol Roger–Sir Winston Churchill’s bubbly of choice) and Fortnum and Mason tea. And to complete our proper British table, we indulged in a bit of smoked salmon and the finest marmalades. Wilkin & Sons from Tiptree, Essex.
All in all, we feel that the Bentley Mulsanne got the Proper British country treatment she so well deserved. And despite the gluttonous hangover haze heading back to the city, she managed to make it back in one piece, unscathed and well fed.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Sir Winston Churchill