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#1 Mel B

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:24 AM

I have girlfriends coming over tomorrow night for dinner and I am feeling uninspired. One of the women is vegetarian but will eat fish.

I need 2 courses - main and dessert, and the dessert must be decadent for these ladies biggrin.gif

Husband is heading out for a poker night so I need something that isn't too fiddly that can cook while I am getting kids to bed at the same time. Dessert that can be prepped early would be ideal.

Hit me with your ideas! Pretty please smile.gif
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:25 PM

Does the vegetarian eat dairy? Will the other girls eat vegetarian or would they prefer a fish dish?

For main, my go to vegetarian dinner is a roasted beetroot and lentil salad. I serve with goats cheese or feta for those inclined. I use the dressing from this recipe, mix it with a tin of lentils and then combine the rest of my salad just prior to serving (having roasted the beetroot earlier in the day). DH thinks it would taste better with a lamb backstrap but I think it is a meal on its own.

Otherwise a fish/seafood pie, that you can assemble earlier and pop in the oven while you're doing the bedtime thing?

With desert, how open are you to a packet mix? Adriano Zumbo has packet mixes for his macarons and a chocolate cake. The most decadent dessert I make is a chocolate and salted caramel tart with chocolate pastry. Delish but quite labour intensive. I can dig out the recipe if you want - it would be easier with store bought pastry.

Let us know what you end up making.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:30 PM

The last dinner "party" I had, we had...

*Tomato bruschetta with a maple-balsamic reduction
*Zucchini timbales (stuffed with leek, mushrooms, garlic, etc- can be prepped in the morning) with a marinara sauce. With a green salad on the side and crumbed lamb cutlets for the meat eaters.
*Chocolate creme brulee and peaches in muscat.

Otherwise, how about...

*Risotto OR arancini (I ususally stuff mine with walnut bolognaise) with some fancy-ciabatta-turned-garlic-bread and a lovely salad and chocolate mousse for dessert? Or Tiramisu?

*Vegetarian Pad Thai and....

*Ooh! Mexican! Quesadillas are super-fast to make for nibbles when they arrive, then not-your-average-tacos (I fill mine with a tomato rice, Chimchurri sauce (zingy parsley sauce, basically), and sauteed mushrooms along with whatever other fillings I please), and Churros for dessert. We usually do Nigella's "Mexicola" as well when we have people over- it's icy-cold Coca Cola, lime slices, and tequila.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:31 PM

Off the top of my head -

Moroccan fish tagine with cous cous
Some form of baked risotto
Spanakopita
Pasta with artichokes and bocconcini


Dessert
Orange syrup cake with honey yoghurt (was my first though of dessert with the tagine!)
I made a TimTam tart I saw on FatMumSlim blog. I buggered it up somehow but it would have been amazing otherwise.
A pannacotta with raspberries
Some form of citrus tart

Do you have pinterest? There's always great new recipes coming up on there (alongside some really awful ones!!)

Have fun!


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:44 PM

You've probably decided already but if not:

Main = Roasted veg & goats cheese quiche. Simple to make, very tasty to eat and it can be made ahead of time and then warmed before serving with some salad/s.

Dessert = White choc & raspberry cheesecake. This is always my go to if we want something decadent. I make it the 'cheats way' with mascarpone so its not baked and if you make individual ones in glasses or ramekins you don't have to worry about it setting and having to hold its shape or anything. Crumbled biscuit & butter base in the bottom (whatever you prefer). Filling is approx. 50/50 thickened cream and mascarpone (so not one for the dieters biggrin.gif ) melt white choc and mix through but let it cool off first so you don't affect the cream & cheese. Raspberry coulis swirled through. Top with a few fresh raspberries and/or choc shavings. Also can be made ahead of time and just decorated prior to serving.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:18 PM

Grilled or pan fried Salmon with butter(margarine) beans and cous cous salad.

Dessert - how about a coconut panna cotta with caramelised bananas? Panna cotta is dead easy to make and you could use coconut milk instead of cow's milk/cream.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:37 PM

My mouth is watering reading all these replies!!

I've decided to go with fish pie - thanks Greenwich! I would love the recipe for that chocolate tart at some point too if it's not too much trouble.

Sadly I'd already done my grocery shopping before I saw HelsBels response, or I definitely would have made those cheesecakes. I make a gorgeous white chocolate and raspberry baked cheesecake but it takes sooooo long to prep and bake!

I decided to go for a simple lemon delicious pudding for dessert with a really good vanilla ice cream. Hopefully that will be acceptable to the dessert junkies biggrin.gif

Thanks again, we do these dinners every month and take turns to host, so I'll be filing these ideas for the future!
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:31 PM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Apr 11 2013, 02:37 PM) View Post

Sadly I'd already done my grocery shopping before I saw HelsBels response, or I definitely would have made those cheesecakes. I make a gorgeous white chocolate and raspberry baked cheesecake but it takes sooooo long to prep and bake!

Yeah I'm all about the quick and easy when it comes to dinner parties with my girls especially for dessert as I'm normally too busy yakking to want to spend much time in the kitchen laugh.gif
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:34 PM

Mmmmmm I m so making that white chocolate cheesecake this weekend. Sounds delicious.

Mel B your menu sounds great. My SIL recently bought over a Coles brand vanilla bean ice cream with salted caramel swirl (yes I have a thing for salted caramel) and it was divine.

I knew I'd shared the recipe for the tart before, so here is the link to the old thread. Let me know if it doesn't work and ill cut and paste it into this thread.

Oh, and the fish pies came to me because my mum had two in the fridge when I was at her place on Tuesday. she had made them that morning and was taking them to a friend who is having a tough time. Now I want fish pie and cheesecake!

I hope you and your guests enjoy your night!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:00 PM

I absolutely love pumpkin, spinach and feta lasagna. I use the taste.com pumpkin, spinach ricotta recipe but obviously swap ricotta for feta and I use a homemand tomato pasta sauce (i make bulk and freeze). Mmmmmmm yum. Now I want some.
Homemade pumpkin soup is delicious too.
seems I have a think for pumpkin. Lol.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:32 AM

Good choice. I would definitely go the fish pie.

I was going to suggest chocolate mousse for dessert - an oldie but a goody.

Another great fish dish is Nigel Slater's pan roasted cod with salsa verde. Goes down a treat. Will try and find link.




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