June 16th, Bloom's Day.
The day on which the story in James Joyce's novel 'Ulysses' takes place.
A good enough reason for a themed dinner.
Starter: Pumpkin & Gorgonzola Tart; served with a dressed rocket salad.
At one point, Leopold Bloom stops for a Gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy. That's the Gorgonzola connection. I found a potato and Gorgonzola tart recipe which enhanced the Irish connection but, as I want potato in the main course, have opted for pumpkin.
Main: Pork Loin Chops with Colcannon and Guinness Gravy.
Colcannon is like an up-market bubble and squeak: potato, cabbage, bacon medley.
Dessert: Banbury Cakes.
Flaky pastry with a currant and ginger filling.
Again, Leopold eats some, feeds some to the ducks.
Coffee, vanilla fudge & Irish Cream.