For those with the enthusiasm to entertain I will continue to emphasise the importance of planning. However there is always the great challenge of the ‘impromptu’ Unexpected guests appearing or neighbours in distress in need of some comfort and often reconciled with some food. On these occasions the deep freeze is not always the answer apart from foods that are recommended to be cooked from frozen. So we have the ‘store cupboard and fridge to turn to. Reprocessing leftovers or using items that are part of the weekly shopping not yet used. Speed of course is the essence as spending two – three hours cooking is not really practical.