Sunday, 24 June 2012

LOVE IS ALL AROUND

This is one of my all time favourite songs and Marty Pellow from Wet, Wet, Wet is one of my all time favourite singers.  Amazing.  But until this week I didn't know what the inspiration was behind the writing of the song. This is the story.



Reg Presley from The Troggs (and, I might add, someone that I met at a friends house years ago) had been touring.  He arrived home on a Sunday morning as his wife was cooking traditional Sunday roast with his little daughter running around at her feet.  Unless you have ever experience this bliss you wouldn't understand how "homely" this is. I have eaten "Sunday roast" in restaurants and in many countries but it can't be replicated. It's the family and the smells that create the ambiance.  He felt so happy to be home in the bosom of his happy family that he was inspired to write this song.   

Unfortunately for The Troggs the record wasn't the enormous hit that it was for Wet, Wet, Wet who gave it that special treatment that totally unique to them.  Much like a Sunday roast!   

Today I have 12 to lunch (including my daughter (my son-in-law is doing a triathlon or something!), my granddaughter, her husband, another 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, hopefully the weather will be dry so that the young ones can go out into the garden and give us some peace!)

I am cooking roast chicken with sage & onion stuffing, crispy, crispy, crispy roast potatoes (no-one cooks them like me, even though I say so myself), kale, cauliflower and broccoli.  I always do Yorkshire pudding too.  I know that Yorkshire Pud traditionally goes with roast beef but we think that it goes with roast anything!  For "afters" we are having my special (secret recipe) rice pudding , raspberry crumble, strawberries and New York cheese cake.  A real "lardy bloater" "bring my blanket so that I can have a nap" feast! 

Afterwards I may even subject my family to a rendition of "Love is all around"!

13 comments:

SueAnn Lommler said...

I am now feeling all snuggly and warm!
Hugs
SueAnn

dunkered said...

What a mouth-watering feast! And what a way to fatten oneself up ...

Anonymous said...

Totally agree Ann....Marti Pellow what a hunk..."Sex on Legs"

Oh and your Sunday dinner doesnt sound to bad either x

Jax

Anonymous said...

And also Ann did you know because Wet Wet Wet had the song at number 1 for so many weeks, they took it off to let other singers have a chance of getting to Number 1.....shouldnt be allowed...

Jax

Sandi McBride said...

Love the music love the food thoughts and love the menu...wish I was there!!!
hugs
Sandi (with JJ)

Julie Debnam said...

Love is all around was not written by the Troggs. They made it out to be. I learned that my cousin once removed actually wrote it. He showed it to the Troggs who rejected it to him but had copied it and then copyrighted it. It is no good now as all proof is destroyed. In the 1960's it was different to now. I went to his funeral last week. He had Cancer. The Troggs know who he is.When questioned by it at one of their concerts they got in their mode of transport and and left. Guilty or not Guilty.

Anonymous said...

I hope you cooked the chicken well ma'nan

Retiredandcrazy said...

I love your hugs SueAnn, long may they continue.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Funny you should say that DogLover, I am finding it difficult to fit into my clothes now! Must address this without giving up the Sunday Roast because I live for "love being all around"!

Retiredandcrazy said...

We do love Marti don't we Jax. I remember being at a concert one time when he said "ladies, imagine this, under these clothes (long pause as he looked around the auditorium) - I'm naked!!" I nearly died!!!!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Well Sandi, come on over!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Julie, I am so sorry to hear that! Reg Prestley was on TV last week recalling this tale, so I had to take it at face value and it fitted so beautifully into the way I was feeling that day. Best wishes to you and your family.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Yes Vinnie, I did indeed cremate the chicken!!! But they keep coming back for more so I must be doing something right. I only wish you were here with us. Love you dearly xxxxx