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#1 la_jeune_mariée

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

My husbands boss is out from NYC and he's coming for dinner tomorrow night. I have a sick toddler who is pushing his bedtime out, a filthy house and two big interviews to prepare for on Thursday (I also have mortifying regrowth but am attempting to rock the Madonna look wacko.gif ). Please me with a simple, quick, impressive menu. Nibbles plus main and dessert. Thank you!!
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

Chilli Con queso with corn chips for nibbles. I have the best recipe for this.

Jamie Oliver tray baked chicken for Main. I do the smashed potatoes to go with it but make a simple salad as side dish.

Eton mess for dessert -
pre made meringue - crushed
whipped cream - sweeten with icing sugar and vanilla
greek youghurt
frozen mixed berries.

mix together and serve in fancy glasses
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

I'm a big fan of Thai green chicken curry for main - easy for larger quantities, thigs can be prepped beforehand etc.

Another very quick dish is salmon or ocean trout fillets, skin on, oiled and seasoned well, sitting on slices of lemon and herbs, and cooked at the top of a very hot oven for 12-15 minutes, served with a salsa verde (made earlier in the day), boiled new potatoes, and asparagus or another summery green.

I have a delicious recipe for a dessert that involves yoghurt, berries, and halva if you want it! Simple and delicious.

Eton mess is a very good idea.

Someone posted on Facebook a no-cook nutella cheesecake - involves mixing cream cheese and nutella and cream together, and putting on individual dishes on top of a chocolate biscuit/butter crumb. Fabulous with fresh fruit - I've made it with chopped cherries through it, or with strawberries on top.

Nibbles we tend to do nice bought dips, and good nuts and olives. If you have good enough wine with it everyone will be happy!
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

Under those circumstances, my menu would involve booking a table at a restaurant!

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

I would get a slow roast lamb leg on in the morning for minimum fuss while your guest is here. Then get down to your Turkish deli for bread, and a selection of dips to serve in your own crockery (no-one need know). When the lamb is served shred it and toss it in oodles of chipped fresh mint and pomegranate seeds an let everyone dig in.

Recipe for the lamb is here:
http://www.bestrecip...lamb-L9018.html

For dessert - Creme brûlée is really too easy for how well it always goes down and can be prepped way ahead of time.

Oh and tell your DH, if you're cooking, he needs to call a cleaning agency and arrange a one off wink.gif

PS: for nibbles - olives, quick fried or grilled haloumi, pan fried chorizo with a squeeze of lemon juice and buy a couple of tins of good quality dolmades.

(The dips and bread are to go with the main I that makes sense).

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

I agree with the booking a table idea... and a babysitter.....
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

I love Puggie's idea.

Bruschetta is a nice and easy (although messy to eat) entree.

Go for the easy options under the circumstances smile.gif

#8 la_jeune_mariée

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

My oven just blew up (Murphy's Law!!!) halfway through making Leo a meatloaf and Sam's colleague doesn't like seafood dry.gif

So I'm going with Puggies idea but I need another main as we can't serve prawns. Gah!
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

How about some marinated chicken breast, or some BBQ'd vegetables (capsicum, eggplant, zucchini etc) with haloumi?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

Steak, grilled veggies and bbq corn?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

Lamb's another Australian classic, though you might do better with chicken or pork rather than a second red meat. Mushrooms on the BBQ might be another good option
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:58 PM

ohmy.gif awesome timing with the oven. dry.gif

Given all that's going on, think taking shortcuts where possible is wise. So, below is some quick-fix ideas that still look fancy.

I like the steak idea, too. You could also procure some of those easy-mix sauce packets that Maggi make and have a small selection of steak toppers.

The big supermarkets do pre-mixed dry salads that you could put a fancy bottle of balsamic dressing next to.

I like to make a hot salad but it can only be cooked as you're serving. However, you can have everything chopped and waiting the day before. Stir-fry together in olive oil for a few minutes chunky pieces of zucchini, mushroom, broccoli, red/yellow capsicum, snow peas, assorted herbs and egg plant. When they're still slightly crunchy, add a dollop of butter, some salt and a generous handful of English spinach. Serve immediately. It's delicious.

Cook some red onion on the bbq instead of brown. It adds colour and they're sweeter than the brown onion.

Roast some narrow pieces of corn on the cob on the bbq.

Entree: those fancy cheese twists with a few types of dip.

Dessert: the girls above had some great ideas! Or, buy a cheesecake. ph34r.gif tongue.gif

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

LJM the butcher at Birkenhead used to sell these awesome Moroccan lamb rumps that we would cook on the BBQ. Serve with some spiced couscous and a drizzle of yoghurt and a salad. Just a bit different to steak, easy and they cannot fail.

I would definitely buy dessert (hello Zumbo!) and get some Turkish bread and yummy dips to start.

Hope it goes well and a big thumbs down to your DH for organising such a thing when you have so much going on!
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:52 PM

Papa's at haberfield for dessert. My favourite is the baked ricotta cake but you could also get a selection of lots of little things and do a tasting plate.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Feb 5 2013, 11:14 PM) View Post

big thumbs down to your DH for organising such a thing when you have so much going on!


Yep. He's coming home early to 'help' (he's a lot of things but a cook is NOT one of them rolleyes.gif ) and he's going to suggest they move to a wine bar around the corner if they look to be staying past 10 as I have two big interviews on tomorrow and need some rest.

QUOTE(goodgirl @ Feb 6 2013, 12:52 AM) View Post

Papa's at haberfield for dessert. My favourite is the baked ricotta cake but you could also get a selection of lots of little things and do a tasting plate.


This actually gave me an excellent idea. I got a blood orange sorbet for a palate cleanser and some lovely cheeses from my local italian deli (Mel B - Ralph's is still there! biggrin.gif ) for desert.

So menu is antipasto platter to start (all store purchased including dips), good quality steak with mustards for main with new potatoes in horseradish cream with dill plus green beans with pine nuts as sides then palate cleanser then cheeses. All I have to actually cook are the potatoes and the beans (I even purchased the horseradish cream!). This is going to be my most low effort dinner party ever and it's probably one of the more important. I really don't care. I can't believe my bloody oven blew up. dry.gif
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