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Thursday, 13 March 2014

A Spring lunch ..... for a good cause

Today I had a lunch date with a friend. 

A visit to the local catering college restaurant for a silver service three course meal, proceeds of which were in aid of leukaemia and lymphoma research. 

Research at The University of Leicester in conjunction with Leicester Royal Infirmary recently made a major breakthrough in the treatment of blood cancer.  You can read about it here.  A wonderful discovery for any family suffering this disease.

The meal was, as always at the college, wonderful and 5 star service by the students training for their future careers.

A menu to make your mouth water....

The starter of chilled terrine of char grilled mediterranean vegetables set in basil jelly with sunblush tomato pesto....

Main course of chicken breast stuffed with apricot and sausagemeat with red wine and woodland mushroom sauce....

and who can resist a pudding, there was lovely choice, I chose the profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce.... 
There was a speaker after the meal, a leukaemia sufferer himself.  He's known as 'the man who wears shorts' for obvious reasons he told us, and yes today he had those shorts on for the meal!  He explained about his journey with the disease and the challenge he has set himself to raise funds.  He's attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.  He explains more on his fundraising site.
There were some lovely raffle prizes donated and we all left with a little gift as a reminder of our lovely lunch. 

I said I would blog today's fundraiser to raise awareness and hope that some people might just add to Paul Ashby's donation page if they felt able to, every penny helps.
A walk back through the park in the sunshine was lovely on my way to catch the bus home, the daffodils looked so lovely waving their heads in the breeze.
We don't know how lucky we are to have our health and I did find myself thinking that I really have nothing to moan about in my life compared to some of the things I heard today.
Blessings to you all


  1. Your meal looked wonderful, what a lovely way to fund raise.
    Spring is really here, the bulbs look stunning.

  2. Your meal looked so yummy Julie.
    Yes we have to be thankful for every day, hugs.

  3. What a lovely meal Julie and for such a good cause :-)

  4. Sounds like a wonderful day for a very worthwhile cause.

  5. Mm, it's so true, isn't it? We had a meal at a catering college in Vermont a few years ago, equally delicious and so lovely to watch their serious faces as they cooked and served. Oh those daffs.......!

  6. The meal sounds delicious Julie, and for such a good cause too. Do you think it being for charity means the calories don't count? ;D

  7. An interesting post Julie and a very worthwhile cause. My husband is currently in remission from non hodgkins lymphoma so we are grateful for every day as you mention.

  8. OH WOW!! Your meal looks amazing, and all for a great cause too.. I keep meaning to try out local catering college for a meal. I do go to their salon and support the students by letting them practice on my hair! Its a lot of fun! Your walk through the park looks very pleasant, loving the daffodils.
    Its a small world as I know Leicester well as I have an aunt that lives there.. she recently retired from working in The Royal Infirmary too!

  9. Hello there my lunching lady friend.Very nice lunch too. How deserving a cause that is, we have just heard sil sister has breast cancer -runs in his family. Oh daffodils are just so spring arent they and lift your spirits. Be in touch very soon. Much love and hugs to both.

  10. Looks like an amazing lunch!! Hope they raise lots of money. :)

  11. All that food looks so yummy and I even knew some of the words, haha! A worth-while cause and such a nice way of fundraising! I could definitely live my life surrounded by daffodils; our are just now starting to pop out of the ground. :)

  12. It looks like such an elegant and delicious lunch for such a worthy cause.

  13. Looks like fab lunch Julie,those profiteroles look so yummy xx

  14. Your meal looks lovely and a great way to raise awareness and funds.

  15. What a lovely meal for such a worthwhile cause, Julie... those profiteroles look especially tasty :) I agree, I need to remind myself to be thankful for my health each and every day!

    Hope you're enjoying your spring--looks lovely with the field of daffodils in bloom :)


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