What would be your winning 'Come dine with me' menu?

(51 Posts)
Scarletohello Tue 14-Jan-14 13:32:51

I love this show! It's entertaining and I also enjoy watching real people make food. Been thinking about what I enjoy cooking and I make a lovely Massaman curry and last year I made a chocolate terrine which was gorgeous. Not so hot on starters tho, maybe something yummy with prawns.

Would love to know what you would make ( and any actual recipes would be great too..!)

ItsTheOnlyWayToLive Tue 14-Jan-14 16:58:56

Omg I'm so hungry at the thought! Some smoked salmon pate with homemade lightly toasted bread and rocket.

For the main course would have to be chateaubriant steak with chips or sweet potatoes with peppercorn sauce.

Dessert - a lemon dessert, like possett? that cleanses the mouth after all that. Or melt-in-the-mouth mini sponges with raspberry coulis.

ItsTheOnlyWayToLive Tue 14-Jan-14 17:02:34

Mini chocolate sponges that is. And chateaubriand hmm tut

No chance of me making it though, too finicky smile

ItsTheOnlyWayToLive Tue 14-Jan-14 17:03:22

Bumping to see what other posters say, its a great thread smile

ProfondoRosso Tue 14-Jan-14 17:08:52

Ooh, I've thought about this (though would never do CDWM).

Starter: Grilled beef onglet salad with Dijon mustard dressing

Main: Pumpkin ravioli

Dessert: Baklava

(Though if I got too stressed out, I'd just make a huge pot of mac and cheese and run away)

Amuse Bouche: espresso cups of my super sexy pea soup

Starter: prawns baked in garlic butter with crusty bread for dipping

Main: fillet steaks, gratin dauphinoise, mixed salad

Cheese board and Sauternes


Dessert: Mini chocolate fondants with raspberries

bakingaddict Tue 14-Jan-14 17:14:52

I would try and keep it quite neutral in terms of dishes as I wouldn't know their individual tastes and wouldn't want to spend all the time in the kitchen ignoring the guests

Pear, brie and walnut salad or figs with Parma ham

Beef Wellington with seasonal baby veg or salmon en croute. I might also do chicken ballatine wrapped in pancetta, fondant potato, baby veg and a Madeira sauce

Panna cotta with summer fruits or summer pudding with clotted cream

bzoo Tue 14-Jan-14 17:20:51

Quail with asparagus and poached duck egg yolk

Followed by

Pork belly homemade toffee apples and creamy mash

To finish with

Key lime pie

Mrswellyboot Tue 14-Jan-14 17:29:28

I get stressed easily so I would prepare a lot in advance.

Starters: soup. Possibly carrot and coriander. Homemade bread
Main: duck with red cabbage and garlic potatoes
Dessert: very retro but possibly trifle (fancy individual dishes) or baileys cheesecake

TheMagicToyshop Tue 14-Jan-14 17:38:16

Ooo I've often thought about this. I think I'd go asain themed as it's my strongest area and I did a great dinner party like this once:

Starter: A sushi selection (maybe some nigiri, tempura, big maki rolls, a seaweed salad thing). Although I'd make the raw fish optional.

Main: Either char sui pork or crispy duck with some garlicky greens and rice.

Desert: a coconut creamy fruity mousse with biscuits. Served with hot sake.

I can't decide on entertainment or not though - it seems risky. What entertainment would you provide?

Lunaballoon Tue 14-Jan-14 18:01:52

I love the look of your menu bzoo, but what exactly are pork belly toffee apples? <intrigued>

mrspremise Tue 14-Jan-14 18:15:16

Fried Ravioli
Potted Shrimps with toast
Spiced Baked Chicken, Fruit & Nut Couscous, Salad and Lemon-Parsley Crème Fraîche Sauce
Dolcelatte with Figs and Poppyseed crackers
Double chocolate cheesecake with seasonal fruit

mrspremise Tue 14-Jan-14 18:16:30

that should be 'creme fraiche', MN clearly dislikes the correctly placed accents grin

bzoo Tue 14-Jan-14 18:27:08

Sorry should have said with homemade miniature toffee apples.

Use a melon baller on an apple. Coat in toffee. Use a tiny stick. Voila!

mrspremise Tue 14-Jan-14 19:51:23

*rushes off to make mini toffee apples*

Ruprekt Tue 14-Jan-14 19:51:57

Gorgonzola soufflé with poached pears

pan fried herb crusted lamb fillet
dauphinoiß potatoes
garlic green beans

strawberry shortcake with balsamic vinegar ice cream

smile smile smile smile smile smile

Lettucesnow Tue 14-Jan-14 20:48:09

Can't cook but would take advantage of some decent meals elsewhere for thr rest of the week.

Starter: cheese and onion crisps
Main: jam sandwiches
Pudding: mars bar, kit kat and twix trio.
Washed down with diet coke.

Entertainment: dog agility.

Any takers?

Catypillar Tue 14-Jan-14 20:53:12

Lettucesnow I would love to come to your dinner party if my dog could join in the agility and I could put my cheese and onion crisps into my jam sandwich (mmmmm....)

WilsonFrickett Tue 14-Jan-14 21:04:14

I want to go to lettuces

Ok I've thought about this a lot. Perhaps too much. Key thing is not to leave yourself too much to do cos then you get all flushed and all the 'not a great host' comments start flying so:

Starter: mezze: homemade falafel, humous, baba ganoush, little flatbreads.

Main: either the Ottolenghi lamb shwarma which is quite honestly the nicest thing I've ever put in my mouth, or salmon coubillac with magic hollandaise sauce that doesn't need any attention (obvs havent invented this yet) or super rare roast beef with the trimmings.

Desert: Eton mess with home made meringue or home made ice cream with hazelnut brittle.

Tons of wine. Like a lake.

fruitloop84 Tue 14-Jan-14 21:13:54

Goats cheese tart, haddock with chorizo crust and something chocolaty for pudding. Not sure about entertainment.

Oblomov Tue 14-Jan-14 21:22:34

Garlic king prawns
Beef Wellington
Lemon cheesecake

Oblomov Tue 14-Jan-14 21:24:52

I think I need your recipes, and your step-by-step idiots guide to how to prepare all your dishes.
Purleeeease. Begging.

Lettucesnow Wed 15-Jan-14 00:54:22

I'm sure my jam sandwhich recipe can be found on the BBC Good Food website, oblomov wink

Proftondo- yours is my favourite. Closely followed by bzoo. Though lettuces sounds fungrin

I play this every time I watch and my menu is always different , today I think i'd make

Starter- roast squash with chilli and garlic, on a salad of winter leaves and rocket with torn mozzarella to cool the chilli a bit.

Main- venison saddle roasted with colcannon and roasted beetroot crisps in a port based sauce. - potato and spinach gnocchi in a sage butter sauce for any veggies.

Dessert- caramelised orange cake, with homemade orange and honeycomb ice cream.

ProfondoRosso Wed 15-Jan-14 12:11:14

Mm, I'd demolish yours too, pregnantpause! grin

Would ANYBODY do entertainment? I always think, when I'm watching CDWM, that I'd boot anyone who dragged me away from my food/bevy to watch somebody doing poi on a balcony, some local band doing Mustang Sally in a tent in the garden or a burlesque dancer waving nipple tassles all over the leftovers.

If I had to, I'd probably just whip out my 90s Trivial Pursuit board and bore everyone away.

ProfondoRosso Wed 15-Jan-14 12:12:03

That said, I like the sound of Lettuce's agile dog. smile

No entertainment- it always costs the game. But I would put some choice items to be found on the tour- chains and what not. The comments I could watch afterward would be hilarious.grin

Hazelbrowneyes Wed 15-Jan-14 12:46:27

Starter: Squash ravioli in a chilli & butter sauce

Main: Non refined but absolutely gorgeous: Oxtail stew with mashed potato and a selection of veg
More refined: Medallions of fillet of beef (rare), dauphinoise potatoes, roasted veg with a red wine jus

Dessert: trio: Gin & Tonic sorbet, lemon & lime cheesecake, salted caramel truffles

Coffee served with homemade shortbread

Loads of booze

No "forced" entertainment.

WilsonFrickett Wed 15-Jan-14 13:08:00

I always get drunk and forget the coffee, would that cost me points?

NearTheWindmill Wed 15-Jan-14 13:21:14

lightly fried halloumi with lime dressing and rocket with black rye bread
Guard of Honour (lamb fillets) with a shallot, redcurrant, rosemary and breadcrumb stuffing; gratin dauphinoise; with purple sprouting brocolli
Lemon and raspberry baskets
Coffee and truffles

Entertainment - don't know - always stumps me - possibly get someone to come and give a fortune telling but just for fun.

Lettucesnow Wed 15-Jan-14 16:44:44

A really BAD entertainment would be the family photograph album...on powerpoint. (Grin)

mrspremise Wed 15-Jan-14 18:11:23

Even worse would be a wedding video/birth video double-whammy grin

Lettucesnow Wed 15-Jan-14 19:25:16

With the placenta as part of the mains. grin

Loving this thread.♥

Goats cheese and caramelised onion bruschetta with rocket, tomato and a balsamic glaze.

Mozarella and tomato stuffed chicken breast wraoped in parma ham with daupgnoise pots, garlic green beans.


fairnotfair Wed 15-Jan-14 19:39:46

Starter: foil-covered grapefruit stuck with cubes of cheese and pineapple on cocktail sticks

Main course: fish fingers, crinkle-cut chips and frozen petits pois

Pudding: Arctic Roll

Lettucesnow Fri 17-Jan-14 12:57:43

Come Dine With Me! Fairnotfair

Scarletohello Sun 19-Jan-14 15:57:44

Great recipes!

Never heard of lamb sharma but googled it and it looks yummy!

Gonna have a go at it next week...

This weekend I have made lamb casserole with rosemary and red wine with sour cream and mustard mash ( Is so easy and so delicious)
Then a risotto with 2 types of mushrooms ( inc dried porcini ones), peas, home made chicken stock, wine, and a new trick I saw Gino Di Campo do, add butter and Parmesan into the mix and stir it in at the end. Made it lovely and creamy!

frugalfuzzpig Sun 19-Jan-14 16:38:56

<reads thread>


riverboat Sun 19-Jan-14 18:46:57

I think I'd do Indian, as it's my strongest area

Starter: Scallops cooked with ginger and cinnamon. Or mini kati rolls.
Main: A lamb korma and a chicken vindal, people can choose or mix and match.
Dessert: Hmm, I don't much like Indian desserts. Maybe individual banoffee pies, or else chocolate mousse.

HyvaPaiva Sun 19-Jan-14 18:54:57

Starter: Chanterelle mushrooms with a cheese mousse served on wafer-thin melba toast

Palate cleanser: Ginger beer with raspberry puree and a squeeze of lime juice served in a shot glass

Main: Fillet steak and scallops with a champagne butter sauce and chips

Dessert: Whisky and honey chocolate mousse with chocolate-chilli macaroons on the side.

Can't decide between:

Mushrooms masquerading as escargots with garlic butter and crunchy French bread
Chicken veronique, creamed potatoes and petits pois
Pear tarte tatin with dark chocolate sauce


Prawn tikka, and sheek kebab bites with cucumber raita, naan bread strips
Chicken madras, mutter paneer and pilau rice, poppodoms and pickles
Rose-scented kulfi with toasted almonds and pistachios

Vixxxen Tue 21-Jan-14 16:44:02

Come and Dine With me:

*Caipirinha cocktail with kibe and chicken croquette
*Cassava Chips with Salty Beef Steak and Back Eye Beans Vinaigrette
*Passion Fruit Mousse

Dinner Date:

*Home Made Cheese Bread with garlic/cheese/herbs butter, olives and salami
*Salmon with Passion Fruit Sauce on a bed of Spinach and Wild Rice Pilaff
*Romeo and Juliet - Guava compote served + cheese (both cut in heart shapes) and double cream on top.

TheZeeTeam Tue 21-Jan-14 16:51:26

Lightly grilled scallops with a soy/honey glaze, topped with caviar to start.
Wild mushroom risotto with arugula and spinach salad for main
Maybe a passion fruit cheesecake for dessert. Although, that may be too heavy after the risotto. Hmmmm.....

God knows what the entertainment would be! There is now an American version that I quite fancy applying to.

RobinSparkles Tue 21-Jan-14 17:14:17

Starter: Heinz cream of tomato soup with a sprig of parsley to look sophisticated.

Main: findus crispy pancakes, potato waffles and beans.

Dessert: Aunt Bessie's apple pie with ambrosia custard.

I think that £1000 is mine!

MrsBennetsEldest Tue 21-Jan-14 17:22:20

Robin, you win.
What flavour crispy pancakes?
I think you should offer a cheese board for that extra winning touch though.

May I suggest dairylea triangles with Jacobs cream crackers. Oh and throw some cheese strings in there too.

RobinSparkles Tue 21-Jan-14 17:31:17

Why, cheesy crispy pancakes of course! Or maybe I should do a selection so that people can choose? Some might prefer mince or the cheese and bacon ones.

Good idea re Dairylea and cream crackers.

And what about serving blue WKD for drinks? In a wine glass, naturally, so that people don't think I'm common! shock

MrsBennetsEldest Tue 21-Jan-14 17:34:36

Good call on the cheese pancakes, veggies won't feel left out and it saves faffing.
Yes,yes to the Blue Wicked. You could pop a straw in the wine glass so guests know you are really quite posh.grin

Lettucesnow Tue 21-Jan-14 21:35:38

Game of naked twister for entertainment?

D0G Tue 21-Jan-14 21:39:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BuggarMeGently Sat 25-Jan-14 17:48:07

Ooh...can I play??

Starter: sweet potato soup with home made croutons
Main: Slow cooked ham in ginger beer, root-mash, greens
Desert: Key Lime Pie

ENTERTAINMENT: Old Time Singalong w

BuggarMeGently Sat 25-Jan-14 17:49:15

grin meant to say, with moi at le piano!

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