It was a success! It did take me quite a while to sort everything, and I managed to overcook things, burn them and let them go cold, but that was all within the margins of acceptability. We first had some nice beers (except David, who was on coffee, as he wanted to drive home later on) in my generally approved living room, and then I served them sauerkraut. I like that stuff a lot! And figured none of my guests might well eat that very often. And indeed they didn't. But more out of ignorance than dislike. Good! And it went well with the wine David had brought.
An earlier pic of my living room
Guy and Kate had brought dessert: an actual roof slate as a cheese board. Spiffing! I also brought out the sloe gin. I think it's a success. But we are all responsible people, and before 11PM all were gone. And before next day the entire pile of dishes had been done, my colleague Jaco had already invited himself (and his wife) over for the next episode. Bring it on!