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Posted on 30 Jan 2013 14:14:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jan 2013 14:16:21 GMT
pixie says:
As you haven't seen them for such a long time I would make the starter very casual...I find an ice breaker/ or if you know you have a lot to catch up with conversation wise a good way to go. Some of the nicest meals I've done begins with a glass of fizz and a big platter of mixed meats and nibbles with thinly sliced french bread. i make the pesto trout that I mentioned before and hummus and salami. Cooked prawns etc...the whole platter can look amazing and it starts the meal off with some fun. friends you haven't seen for a while can feel intimidated by a big formal meal and I find most people enjoy a casual approach. Friends being in the starring role and the food supporting act kinda thing.
When they come again you could really push the boat out.
Charlie mentioned the Eastern route and I think that is so nice. Also if you haven't seen them in a while they may have health issues. I remember inviting friends I hadn't seen for a few years and cooking a lovely meal but the wife forgot to tell me hubby was suffering from Diabetes since the last time we met...he hardly ate a thing and I spent the rest of the evening worrying that he was hungry!
Hope it goes well Bearman and tell us what you decide!x

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 14:11:23 GMT
Have a look at Vegweb. You don't need to create a profile to use the site and they have umpty-jillion recipes on there of all kinds. It's not all tofu and stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 13:19:59 GMT
Charlie says:
I think you could do it, and it would be unexpected. You could do the gratin in ring moulds, top with lentil salad, get chicken thighs partially boned and place on top, maybe fry some sage leaves and toast some pine nuts to top. The colours of middle eastern food would look amazing stacked.

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 12:49:40 GMT
Bearman says:
Thats all food I like, but also hard to do with fancy presentation. In my mind I see things stacked high on the plate. I was planning to get my timbals and ring moulds out to make a nice circular pile of something at the bottom (carbs or veg), on which I could artfully place the star of the dish (meat/fish/special veg) before topping with something else to give more hight (crispy skin/veg or herbs). Stews, curries and especially Tarka Dal are difficult to stack :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 12:45:09 GMT
Charlie says:
Hey Bearman. I feel kinda embarrassed making suggestions to you, in fact when I saw the new thread I planned to tell whomever started it to ask you :),
However last year we had friends to stay and I wanted to make one evening special. I did the whole menu from Ottolenghi: The Cookbook it was nearly all made in advance, fancy salads etc. one was puy lentil, bacon and sour cherries,yum. Also had chicken in sumac zah'tar and lemon, sweet potato and sage gratin. The desert was his cheesecake from same book but don't recommend it as have had better. Just a thought as it would be different and not too 'animally' for your friends?
By the way thanks for your advice the other day, just been and bought Cox's Orange Pippin and crabapple for garden.
Btw, you owned up to your boys about the caramac yet??

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 12:12:24 GMT
First, don't cook anything you've never done before without a dry-run before the event. I know you know this.

Try something vegetarian! Morroccan, Israeli, like that? Even Indian, there are a lot of dishes you can prepare in advance that only need warming. How do they feel about chicken or other poultry? Chicken or turkey breast can be curried, sauced, made into pie, minced...
Soup is a good bet at this time of year, everyone loves hearty, warming soups. Then a main with maybe pasta and lots of veggies? Or a dahl dish like Dal Tarka?
Just thinking aloud...probably been no help whatsoever.

Initial post: 30 Jan 2013 12:03:45 GMT
Bearman says:
We have friends coming over for dinner that we haven't seen for 3 years. I would like go the whole hog and lay on some really fancy food, that both looks amazing as well as tastes great.

One person doesn't eat lamb, the other doesn't eat rare (or even pink) meat. They eat fish, but are nervous around anything on a plate with eyes.

I am looking for ideas for dishes (3 courses) that requre minimal last minute cooking and most of the work can be done in advance so I can play host. Ideally, things that can be presented well - so avoiding stews and casseroles unless you have fancy serving suggestions.

All suggestions gratefully accepted!
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