What do you think of these dinner party menu?

(13 Posts)
princessamidala Sun 20-Jul-14 19:25:49

Starter : Jamie Olivers Sexiest Salad, with fig & parma hamhttp://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/the-easiest-sexiest-salad-in-the-world

Main: Nigella's shredded lamb www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/the-easiest-sexiest-salad-in-the-world
??? served with potato dauphinoise & green beans

Nigella's chocolate cloud cake

Any good?? Should i change anything??

vestandknickers Sun 20-Jul-14 19:28:02

Lovely. I am not a fan of chocolate but the first two courses sound delicious.

Munchmallow Sun 20-Jul-14 19:29:10

Gorgeous - don't change anything. What time do you want me over? Shall I bring wine? grin

pinkangelita Sun 20-Jul-14 19:31:00

Yummy! I would be so happy to turn up to a dinner party with that menu! Have a great time

princessamidala Sun 20-Jul-14 19:32:09

This is the lamb dish www.nigella.com/recipes/view/warm-shredded-lamb-salad-with-mint-and-pomegranate-178
DO you think it will work with potato. I'm not sure...

ContinentalKat Sun 20-Jul-14 19:37:30

I would go for baby new potatoes, sprinkled with a bit of freshly chopped mint, rather than the dauphinoises, which seem a bit too heavy.
My mouth is watering now, it sounds so delicious!

Allalonenow Sun 20-Jul-14 19:38:13

It all sounds fab, the only thing I would change would be the pudding.
You can have chocolate at any time of the year but I think something with summer fruits would be lovely just now, perhaps peaches in sweet white wine or an apricot tart or a simple fruit fool with home made biscuits.

Rainydayblues Mon 21-Jul-14 06:38:58

I make the lamb with pomegranate and mint....I think it's best served as part of a selection of salads rather than with dauphinoise. It's really good and so easy. I'd stick with a vague Middle Eastern theme with it.
Problem is it's then a salad for starter and a salad for main which is a bit too much salad.
I would drop the starter because I find them too unsettling. I'd prefer to dish up and settle down for a long chat with my guests at home. Starters are fine in a restaurant where someone else is serving you.
Pudding is fine as long as it's light but during the summer I'd be inclined to serve something fruit based or a homemade ice cream as chocolate can feel out of place in hot weather.

princessamidala Mon 21-Jul-14 10:49:59

What about serving it with cous cous?

Littleturkish Mon 21-Jul-14 10:58:23

Yes yes to couscous.

Could you do cold mezze starters as nibbles that lead into the main course and can be left as sides?

I had a delicious carrot mezze in Turkey recently that was v easy to make and would go with your meal. Grate four medium carrots, fry in garlic and olive oil until softened (approx 10 m) then cook on low heat turning once for 20 min, remove and let cool in fridge and stir in a touch of natural yog. Absolutely divine.

Mezze board also include: grilled courgette, roasted aubergine, tziki, humous, olives and flat bread.

Rainydayblues Mon 21-Jul-14 11:24:24

Couscous would work but it would need some help. The lamb dish has no sauce so the couscous would need dressing. Beluzu barley couscous is so good it just needs a light veg stock, some extra virgin olive oil and maybe some chopped herbs like coriander or parsley.

princessamidala Mon 21-Jul-14 11:56:24

So maybe a Harissa flavoured cous cous dish.
Going to add Eton mess as a dessert as I can go locally & pick the fruit.

If the weather is rubbish as it is today, do you think the dauphinois would be ok instead of the cous cous. My husband requested this as it's his favourite dish!!

Littleturkish Mon 21-Jul-14 12:44:43

Then duphonise it is! They are spectacularly delicious and indulgent.

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