Oh stylish ones I desperately need some help/encouragement! I've got 9 people coming to dinner tomorrow evening (so eleven of us altogether) and it's a vegetarian meal (not my choice, but guests dietary/religious preferences dictate). I've decided to go for a seasonal theme and so far I have:
- Spanish almonds and prosecco - A soup of porcini and potatoes - Truffle risotto - Some excellent red wine that goes with mushroomy things - Chocolate and pistachio cake - A light lemon/ricotta cake
Now: what else should I serve with the almonds and prosecco - I can buy some really nice olives, but what else? I cannot cook anything and no meat (which pretty much rules out crisps and stuff).
And what salad course should I insert between the risotto and the desserts? Should I have a cheese course or is that too much? And should I add some kind of fruit (a salad or maybe just grapes - there are lots of gorgeous ones in the shops).
Does anyone know what Eco leather is? I'm genuinely curious!
On the dinner party front Bonsoir it sounds AMAZING! But I am so not the person to advise on cooking! The only meal I managed for that many people was Christmas dinner. Good luck though! Sorry not to be more help.........
bonsoir I find vegetarian dinner parties very tough to cook for...
Homemade houmous and crudités to go with almonds and prosecco?
Could you do some nice lambs' lettuce with/after the risotto? Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds over à la Nigella for some colour? I had a wonderful fennel and pear salad (both shaved very thinly) at a restaurant a while ago. Think it was served with a lime/olive oil dressing - wonderful.
I always offer cheese/grapes or other fruit along dessert to choose from as hardly anyone eats both, but I am not a very experienced dinner party hostess. Have only ever cooked for people in an informal setting.
Have not been in dinner party territory for years. We have two friends we don't know desperately well (but are nice) coming for dinner next month, am vaguely nervous! They are veggie too, but my menu will not be quite so adventurous...
Marsha 'survived legoland' made me grin. I think that's as good as you can hope for from legoland.
Thanks for the commiserations on the vegetarian issue, Fritzi! Your ideas are fab and I will think about them very hard! DP is going to be home soon and I want to run through the menu with him and give him a few options (he is very helpful as ex-restaurant trade).
Marsha - God knows what I'm going to wear! I'm so busy decorating the house that I haven't even thought about decorating me!