Got some friends coming to dinner but as I'm working during the day I want to do something I can prepare ahead and just throw in the oven when they arrive. Needs to be vegetarian or fishy (not shellfish though). One doesn't really like tomatoes. Happy to do some crusty bread/potatoes to accompany and salad or something. I really don't want to do any prep while they're here as I hate cooking in front of people. Also any ideas for a nice easy starter?? (Should I have posted this in food or recipes?) Thanks in advance.
Pumpkin soup - can be made ahead and even if frozen followed by vegetarian chilli. I would follow the recipe for Delia's black bean chilli leaving out the meat and adding sweetcorn and mushrooms. You can also make the accompanying salsa ahead, but don't squeeze on the lime juice til the last minute.
Sorry just realised tomatoes are a no no so scrap chilli idea. In that case I'd probably do a couple of veggi curries and serve with naan bread and rice and poppadoms to start. I have a a veggi friend so often do veggi stuff for her - fortunately she is not so inconsiderate as to not eat tomatoes either. There is also a Delia oven bake risotto which is not exactly prepare ahead, but dead easy (could do that with pumpkin soup to start - very autumnal!)
Thanks DDPW I was thinking about a lasagne actually but wondering about different ideas. Like the idea of olives and bread - nice and simple. ChocoBoo - yes please would like your stew recipe Lillian - Will check out Delia's black bean chilli.
Lovely starter suitable for starters; Prawns & Smoked Salmon; For 4: 175g prawns, 1 avocado, 1.5 limes, 4tbsp olive oil and mix up together Serve with smoked salmon I also serve a good dollop of Crème fraîche with dill, slice of lemon and some 'blinis'