I wonder how many excuses you have heard or made, offering the reason for not being able to host someone to supper or dinner. The classic one for me is ‘I can’t cook as well as you!’ My retort is standard. ‘Make me Beans on Toast and I will be more than happy’

There is no finer institution than social intercourse over a meal with a glass of wine especially on these dank, wet and ghastly nights of gloom. Unless you are a ‘couch potato’ curl up on the sofa to watch the relevant droll options on the TV.

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