Hi, We have my husband's brother coming with his family to see us from Nigeria tomorrow and in my experience his family don't usually like eating English food ( thats another story!) so was wondering if someone can give me a simple recipe for a buffet type meal? I need to be able to get the ingredients in the supermarket really.
Don't you just love fussy houseguests... . Simple buffet is easy enough to put together ... roast chicken pieces, quiches, cooked meats, crusty bread, jacket potatoes, salad greens, sliced tomatoes with mozarella, etc... Otherwise, hand the saucepans to DH and tell him to get cracking
lol Cogito - if he knew how I would! Sorry Tyel Basically whenever I go to his family I usually get chicken and rice of some kind, They cook it in a special way but I don't know how to do it, so wondered if anyone else knew how they cook it. Having said that I could try and make my own recipe up of chicken and rice - something not too sloppy so that they can go and take it from the table to the sofa - mmm Im confusing myself now! If we went out I wouldn't be considered a very good hostess I don't think!
Or I could just stuff the chicken and rice thing and do something I know and hope they try it! I will definately have a look at that curry recipe though.
Big tilly, I think if it's the morning (they will be here for tea I am guessing) and I would need to go and buy the stuff.
Thanks frantic, Jellof rice it will probably be! I read all the arguments underneath too. I have made this before and have been told 'its not the way we cook it!' At least you have reminded me of what sort of recipe to look at though thanks.
Thisisyesterday, I know it is very frustrating and DH knows how I feel about it. I think it's rude too especially when they won't even try it (this has happened before when I have cooked and they didn't even want to try) I have not yet met this brother and his wife so maybe they will be ok with it. I will be upset again though if I spend ages cooking a meal and they don't eat because like you say its a two way street! I shall have to report back to you tomorrow night!
I think you are on dodgy ground trying to replicate a meal that your guests would get at home. If I went to Nigeria I wouldn't want my host to cook roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. If they won't eat English food why not try something from another country - India for example or a Morroccan tagine with cous-cous.
I agree with bunbaker, you're inviting comparisons if you try and replicate their dish. If they're nice they'll appreciate the thoughtful gesture but sounds like you think they might not be so polite. I used to live with a Nigerian girl who would say what I cooked (European food) just tasted very bland to her. She'd always prefer tomato based stuff and very spicy. So you could try something spicy like mexican chile maybe? Or just sod what they think, do what's easiest for you and don't let them get you down.
Why not ask your dh what his brother and wife would like to eat and it's something Nigerian, ask him to help you make it so you can get it 'right'? He should know after all. If not, do a whole roast bird with all the trimmings and get some pepper sauce of some description (one of my very good friends is Nigerian heritage and she puts pepper sauce on EVERYTHING!). Make sure there is lots of alcohol (unless they are teetotal in which case good luck!). If they are good peoples, they will appreciate the effort. In all honesty, I'd be very surprised if they were expecting you to throw down like a native! Relax and enjoy the visit.
I know bunbaker and ifaistos I could try the morrocan Tangine idea, I do like that. I think also the problem is that because they will be visiting and staying with Nigerian people during their stay. I am probably the only one who they will come to who won't be cooking Nigerian or in fact is not Nigerian. I don't know for sure though but thats generally the case.
Well just asked hubby and he told me to do what I am comfortable doing and if they don't eat it they can go hungry! I think I will do a buffet thing with small bits and pieces (salads,pork pies ect) and some of the couscous with lamb. How about it?