Sunday, August 26, 2007

1963 Retro Buffet in Marin

A Fab Way to Spend a Saturday Afternoonpicture photograph image 1963 Retro Party in Marin Smoked Oysters 2007 copyright of sam breach
Smoked Oysters

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Incredible Pear Chutney handmade by our charming hosts

picture photograph image 1963 Retro Party in Marin Pear Crab Dip Deliciousness 2007 copyright of sam breach
Perfectly sixties crab dip-filled vegetables by Cool Jen

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Scotch Eggs by yours truly

picture photograph image 1963 Retro Party in Marin Cucumber fabulousness 2007 copyright of sam breach
Cucumber Molded by Bonnie - so delicious I had to sneak some to bring some home

picture photograph image 1963 Retro Party in Marin is this a bit scary? 2007 copyright of sam breach
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picture photograph image 1963 Retro Party in Marin Cheeseballs 2007 copyright of sam breach
Cheeseballs abounded - these ones bounced into place by Marc

picture photograph image 1963 Retro Party in Marin 7 layer something 2007 copyright of sam breach
7 Layers of Yum including homemade chorizo from Anita and Cameron

picture photograph image 1963 Retro Party in Marin meat 2007 copyright of sam breach
Dr Biggles dug a fire pit in the middle of the lawn and cooked up a meaty storm

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Anita had also infused some brandy with pear

A huge thank you goes out to the hosts, to everyone who bought wonderful food (including the things I didn't photograph). Thanks to my friends Tony and Michael for giving me a ride and especially to Tony who drove while the rest of us imbibed without worry. Apart from the fact poor Fred had to work and sadly couldn't make it, that was a very good day...

PS - A few more photos on Flickr and photos by Jen.

2006 | Becks & Posh's Lick of Paint
2005 | Limon
2004 | India Chaat and Sweets, Berkeley

© 2007 Sam Breach
1963 Retro Buffet in Marin


  • At 26/8/07 14:25, Blogger Civic Center said…

    Gorgeous photos, and it was a fun day.

  • At 26/8/07 17:01, Blogger Rose said…

    That looks like fun - I'll have to have my own retro party just to give those Scotch Eggs a try.

  • At 26/8/07 17:09, Blogger Casey said…

    No pimento-stuffed olives wrapped in cheddar cheese pastry? I don't think my mother-in-law ever had a cocktail party without them.

  • At 26/8/07 17:23, Blogger Zoomie said…

    The mystery hors d'oeuvre is bologna layered with cream cheese. I know, eeek, but we actually used to make and serve that at parties back in the '60s! My Beloved and I brought that to the party, along with the Lancers and the Mateus, which were the height of sophistication back then! Loved your photos - they make _anything_ look elegant, even bologna and cream cheese!

  • At 26/8/07 17:37, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, those scotch eggs were dangerously delish. :)

  • At 26/8/07 19:13, Blogger Kalyn Denny said…

    Looks like a very fun party, with good food and a great bunch of people.

  • At 26/8/07 22:51, Blogger Dagny said…

    Per usual, lovely photos. And it was a pleasure meeting you and so many of the other people I have idolized as well.

  • At 27/8/07 00:57, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Sam all the food looks good. I'm glad you remembered to take a picture of Bean Sprout who is cute as always.

  • At 27/8/07 05:52, Blogger Beccy said…

    Did you wear retro as well?

  • At 27/8/07 10:50, Blogger meathenge said…

    Ya know, funny thing was, I wasn't sore the next day from kneeling for 4 hours. What a great gathering of humans.

    xo, Biggles

  • At 27/8/07 12:20, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a cute idea! Such tasty photographs too - what can I say? I can never get enough when it comes to food pictures.

  • At 27/8/07 13:27, Blogger enidd said…

    yum, sam. what excellent photos, too.

  • At 27/8/07 13:48, Blogger Tea said…

    Sniff, sniff.

    I swear I'm coming back soon.

  • At 27/8/07 14:28, Blogger cookiecrumb said…

    Your humble hostess says thanks for the kudos!! I told Cranky all we did was open the door, and a party came in. Bravo, all of you.
    The pix are stunning.

    (Your Scotch Eggs were a hit.)

  • At 27/8/07 18:39, Blogger BreadBox said…

    Everything looks stunning: any chance of persuading everyone to write down the recipes? Any chance of persuading you to write up the recipe (or give a pointer to where you found it/adapted it from) for the scotch eggs? It's been many years since I had a decent scotch egg, and those look fantastic.
    Many thanks,

  • At 27/8/07 19:30, Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said…

    Sounds like fun - and your Scotch eggs look stupendous!

  • At 27/8/07 19:35, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks like you had a REAL rough weekend!! ;)

  • At 27/8/07 21:41, Blogger Jennifer Maiser said…

    That was the first scotch egg I'd ever eaten. I loved it. Someone told me, "they usually taste much worse than this." :-)

  • At 28/8/07 05:47, Blogger Alex English said…

    Thanks for your comment! I am a big fan of your photos...and the scotch eggs look fantastic. I will have to hunt some out in Hong Kong!

  • At 28/8/07 06:58, Blogger Sam said…

    Hi everyone - thanks for your comments - I am planning a post about Scotch eggs soon

  • At 28/8/07 06:59, Blogger Sam said…

    Zoomie - how did I miss YOU?

    Mateus was the height of sophistication still in the 80s for me when we ordered it in the first restaurant I went to when we were students

  • At 28/8/07 11:29, Blogger Violet said…

    Look like a lot of fun. I do love a good scotch egg with some pear brandy.

  • At 28/8/07 14:27, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    there is nothing wrong with the tried and true -I love the look of the seven layer dip!
    I would have brought curried pigs in a blanket or something.


  • At 28/8/07 19:50, Blogger Kevin Kossowan said…

    Just so you're aware, you ARE making the rest of us non-attendees jealous. :)
    And I'll be watching for the scotch egg recipe too...

  • At 29/8/07 09:33, Blogger Erin said…

    At a garage sale two years ago I caught my mother trying to sell this late 60s cookbook. turns out it was the first cookbook she got after she was married. the writing in it is hysterical, lots of focus on how getting the roast and the rolls done at the same time is the height of womanhood, but I have wanted to do a retro dinner party out of that book since I got it. thanks for the nudge in the right direction!

  • At 29/8/07 12:56, Blogger Chubbypanda said…

    Ab Fab! =)

    The food looks spectacular.


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