I arrived at 7 pm, the table was simply set and soon we sat down. I was at a riad style hotel where a friend of mine lives, permanently. She has use of a very basic kitchen and I mean very basic. Nevertheless she made a beautiful potato, pea and parsley salad adorned with deliciously thick avocado slices. We enjoyed dinner in the last, bright rays of evening sunshine and sat on chatting happily as dusk fell . By the time the sun had completely vanished we had finished our salad course and enjoyed my apple and raspberry crumble sitting in the velvety darkness that only comes after a very hot day.