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Ideas for informal 'supper' type meals for friends please

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Okay - need veggie idea to feed about eight people. Have already done curry night and lasgagne night. Don't want to do chilli night as have overloaded on veggie chilli lately.

Any more ideas please?

multitaskmama Tue 06-Nov-12 22:38:13

I love butternut squash and chickpeas with couscous!
Its filling, healthy and a great veggie dish

CSLewis Wed 07-Nov-12 17:15:32

You could add tzatziki and tabbouleh to your Greek(ish) menu, maybe using giant bulgur wheat to differentiate it from your cous-cous.

Yum! Tabbouleh a great suggestion - and so delicious (minus the evil soggy tomatoes!).

Thanks for those links, Edgar - I will check through all the Greek ones tonight.

Multi - how do you do your bns?

moogdroog Wed 07-Nov-12 23:36:29

I would do Ottolenghi's honeyed sweet potatoes with chickpeas and tomatoes, with Madhur Jaffrey's green bean and lime persian pilaf from the World Vegetarian book, though there's a version of it here, but its better with dried limes. I'd make some olive oily bread, a green salad and maybe a salad of grilled courgettes with tahini dressing.
I'm probably mixing my cuisines a bit too much, but I'd enjoy it <salivates>

NWThreeMum Thu 08-Nov-12 02:20:08

I went to a dinner party last week where they served a gorgeous mushroom risotto with a Jamie Oliver courgette salad and warm bread.

Moogdroog - okay: forget all the recipes and links etc - I'm just coming round to your house instead! smile

NW3 - sounds lovely but not the sort of thing I'm after this time. I want to be able to have a bit of a lot of nice things not a lot of one or two things.

moogdroog Thu 08-Nov-12 19:40:54

Remus You'd be very welcome grin

Honestly though, the pilaf is quite a faff but you can prep it in stages to make it a bit easier. Looks amazing when you turn it out and bring it to the table though.

Must make it again soon especially as I had to go to the other side of the country to find dried limes

I have friends who could probably track down dried limes.

I've got World Vegetarian and love it, so a selection of things out of there would actually work really well. There's a good tagine recipe in there too. I often drool over the Persian rice recipes but they do read like a bit of a palaver. What sort of pan do you do it in and does it stick?

AitchDee Thu 08-Nov-12 20:30:08

Threads like this make me smile.

People I know wouldn't know what half of these foods are.

Give them pizza, beer and wine and they'd be in their element. As would I.

I don't like pizza v much - but I do like cooking. smile

AitchDee Thu 08-Nov-12 20:50:54

Remus, I suspect my friends and I are of a lower quality than yourself ;)

If I tried to feed them quince paste and manchego (wtaf?!?) they'd all piss themselves laughing and ask for the number of the local takeaway.

EdgarAllansPo Thu 08-Nov-12 20:58:30

moogdroog - I have a packet of dried limes in my cupboard that I don't know what to do with! I think I got them from our local Asda.

No way, Aitch. I'm as common as muck. And quince paste is bloomin' horrible imho. And I have never tasted Manchego because I have only ever seen it in Waitrose and it is far too expensive for the likes of me!

moogdroog Thu 08-Nov-12 22:42:56

Remus - I used to do it in an enormous enamel pan, which I've sadly had to part with as I've got an induction hob. Now I just do it in the biggest stainless steel saucepan I've got. Needs a lid though. Doesn't stick much, though I did once overdo the potatoes.

edgar sadly the shelves of Asda in South Wales were devoid of dried limes. I then ended up buying a coffee grinder to get them powdered properly. I've seen recipes with them whole though.

Thanks Moog.

jenduck Fri 09-Nov-12 16:36:46

Don't know if anybody has suggested this, but fondue is a very sociable meal to enjoy with friends. We do a lovely cheese one which has cider in it (can't remember exact recipe). Can be served with chunks of bread & with veg. If you have any left over the next day, it also makes a fab cheese sauce heated up <drools>

Thanks - think I will do chocolate fondue for pud.

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