HELP! Lunch for 15 tomorrow, and haven't a scooby what to cook.

(21 Posts)
CointreauVersial Sat 12-Apr-14 11:16:52

6 adults, 9 kids.....I need something that can be eaten on laps etc. as we haven't enough room to seat anyone. I'm torn between doing:

- A buffet-type thing, ribs, quiche, drumsticks and salad.....but isn't that a bit boring?
- A couple of curries and a vat of rice.
- BBQ. ....not sure our teeny Weber is up to the job, nor do I trust the weather.

I don't mind cooking a couple of dishes, but I dont want to be slaving away at the stove when people get here. I just need some inspiration.

Legologgo Sat 12-Apr-14 11:17:31

I wouldnt do a curry unless you know all the kids are curry lovers

LadyMaryLikesCake Sat 12-Apr-14 11:18:51

I'd do a buffet. It doesn't matter if they think it's boring, they are not the ones cooking. Do whatever makes things easier for you.

Order pizza.

CalamityJones Sat 12-Apr-14 11:21:53

I'd do a huge chicken casserole, with asparagus and lardons and tarragon, and serve it with baked potatoes and herb dumplings. You can cook it today and just heat it up tomorrow. Can be eaten from bowls on laps and it's probably less hassle (and money) than doing a buffet. And everyone likes chicken casserole, don't they?

Legologgo Sat 12-Apr-14 11:25:12

my kids wouldnt.

agree, do buffet

ChippyMinton Sat 12-Apr-14 11:30:40

Two big chillies, one mild, one spicy. Jacket spuds, rice or crusty bread, grated cheese, sour cream, salsa on the side.

Ice cream parlour for pudding - cones or wafers, sprinkles, squirty cream, sauce.

CointreauVersial Sat 12-Apr-14 11:41:13

Ooh, lots of responses already!

I know at least 6 of the 9 kids will eat curry. The only no-no is fish.

One of the guests just phoned and asked if she could bring anything. I had to tell her I was still dithering about what to cook. Gah!

Mrswellyboot Sat 12-Apr-14 11:46:42

I would go with curry.

You could do some chips and have ham, coleslaw etc too

ZenNudist Sat 12-Apr-14 12:05:10

Curry sounds nice, usually goes down well, perhaps some chicken drumsticks in orange and honey for those who don't like curry, with plain rice. Naan bread, chutneys, even get some frozen samosas and onion bhajis plus mint yoghurt stuff. I'd love you for it.

Slackgardener Sat 12-Apr-14 13:40:21

Pasta with tomato sauce for dcs, curry for the adults. Or pulled pork baps/sausage baps for all.

justaweeone Sat 12-Apr-14 13:56:27

What about lasagna
Either beef it chicken and chorizo
Serve with salad and garlic bread

Artandco Sat 12-Apr-14 14:06:24

I would do buffet. Curry eaten on my sofa would be a big no no!

Easy pasta dish x2.
Quiche x2 with diff filling
Big salad
Bread board with cheese and hams/ meats/ whatever

All can be used after by your family if not eaten

CuntyBunty Sat 12-Apr-14 14:08:15

Risotto and roast chicken? Crusty bread and cheese board too.

CointreauVersial Sat 12-Apr-14 16:50:06

Thanks for all your input!

I was a bit concerned whether everyone would want curry for lunch (although I have wipeable leather sofas, thank goodness smile ). Lasagne is DD2's pet hate, and I find it a faff to cook, otherwise that would have been ideal.

Anyway, DH was at the butchers earlier on, and came home with a huge pack of ribs, and that has set the scene for the lunch. I am going to do:

Ribs
Chicken drumsticks
Quiche
Smoked salmon
Sausages and hot dog buns for the youngest
Carrot salad (found recipe on MN)
Rice salad
Mini roasted potatoes
Green salad
French bread

Chocolate fudge cake
Strawberries
Apple pie

Not particularly sophisticated, but hey ho. I am never knowingly undercatered, so we will probably be eating leftovers for weeks.

Artandco Sat 12-Apr-14 19:29:17

Sounds yum! As you say everything can be eaten as leftovers anyway so prob better than one meal. Curry for a week is a bit ott!

Dancingqueen17 Sat 12-Apr-14 20:24:41

Sounds lovely, very accommodating to all tastes.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 12-Apr-14 20:45:09

Do a chicken curry and a chilli. Both fairly mild. Serve with rice, tomato, mozzarella and cucumber salad (no faffy lettuce) and garlic bread. For pud just get magnums and fab lollies or similar.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 12-Apr-14 20:46:15

Sorry, just saw your update. Sounds good.

CointreauVersial Sun 13-Apr-14 20:21:06

Update - lunch was a great success, in fact, our guests only left half an hour ago. The buffet approach was just right, and I have enough leftovers to last the week. grin

GoldenGytha Mon 14-Apr-14 16:03:38

Buffet sounds just about right, though there's things on there I wouldn't eat,

I'd struggle with any of the other choices, with the exception of roast chicken, but then, I am an incredibly fussy eater.

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