Husbands boss is coming to dinner. Help!! *updated :( *
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:08 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:15 PM
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
frozen mixed berries.
mix together and serve in fancy glasses
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:35 PM
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!
Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:14 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:24 PM
Recipe for the lamb is here:
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
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).
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:47 PM
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:58 PM
Bruschetta is a nice and easy (although messy to eat) entree.
Go for the easy options under the circumstances
Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:23 PM
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 - 09:58 PM
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.
All the best!
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:14 PM
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
Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:42 AM
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 ) 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.
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! ) 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.
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