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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?

Thanks - think I will do chocolate fondue for pud.

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 Moog.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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 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?

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

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.

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 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>

Multi - how do you do your bns?

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.

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.

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

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

EdgarAllansPo Tue 06-Nov-12 21:13:24

Let's see how these links work...

So for Moroccan it could maybe be: veggie tagine, cous cous, a carrot salad and ? and ? and ?
*moroccan omlette* *briouats *aubergine side*

For Mexican it could be wraps with a couple of hot fillings (pepper and mushroom, refried beans??) plus guacamole, plus salad plus salsa plus ???
*Mexican Potatoes* *black bean chili* *quesadillas* *corn cakes* *huevos rancheros* *tamales* *individual casseroles* *fieos*

For Greek, it could be feta and spinach pie, plus Greek baked beans, plus Greek salad, plus hoummus plus?????

Eat your heart out! grin

EdgarAllansPo Tue 06-Nov-12 20:44:47

You can freeze risotto...I make them up with stock or wine, spring onions and sweet potato/butternut squash, spinach etc. then freeze. On the day I defrost in the fridge, then warm very gently, and then add the dairy (double cream & grated cheese of choice) and some fresh chopped herbs just before serving.

RatherContrary Tue 06-Nov-12 20:01:20

What about Thai/asian inspired?

Eg Nigel Slater's thai chickpea curry recipe here, jasmine rice, stir fried asian greens (?bok choy or similar), perhaps a tofu/fish/meat dish?

You could also have various nibble type dishes first, not a thai one but great fun in a group is vietnamese rolls - rice paper circles with roast duck/ prawns / marinated tofu with a huge selection of chopped up veggies (cucumber, spring onion, iceberg lettuce, beansprouts, baby corn slices, HUGE piles of herbs - coriander/basil/mint - avocado slices, carrot slivers etc etc). Have bowls of hot water on table in which each person can soak their rice paper circles, then they pile in whatever they fancy from the bits, and roll and dip and eat. Dips could include hoisin sauce or a sweet/hot chilli and peanut sauce etc.

I also strongly support suggestions for the Ottolenghi recipes - 4-5 from any of the books as they usually work well together and are delicious.

Thank you.

Don't want basic picky stuff (but will try those for myself at some point!).

Don't want a one dish meal and some sides.

I want a meal that involves a selection of hot dishes, all of which go well together, with some sides.

For example - for an Indian I'd do say a chickpea curry, a mushroom curry, a spinach dish, a paneer dish, rice, chutneys etc.

So for Moroccan it could maybe be: veggie tagine, cous cous, a carrot salad and ? and ? and ?

For Mexican it could be wraps with a couple of hot fillings (pepper and mushroom, refried beans??) plus guacamole, plus salad plus salsa plus ???

For Greek, it could be feta and spinach pie, plus Greek baked beans, plus Greek salad, plus hoummus plus?????

Any more ideas much appreciated - gosh I love reading about food! smile

DillyTante Mon 05-Nov-12 22:18:05

If you are doing picky food Sainsburys do some gorgeous butternut squash, sage & mozzarella rissotto balls. They are yummy and obviously you could make your own (but why bother when the sainsbo's ones are so yummy?!)

ethelb Mon 05-Nov-12 20:03:14

we are doing mezze for friends before we go out for her birthday. She has a rtoom booked in a nearby pub and we will get ready, grab some food and go out. Pretty informal?


Needs to be veggie and hot, rather than cold antipasti and meat etc.

Mexican a good idea but I've done if before and fancy something different. Not risotto - want to be able to prepare most of it in advance.

Still think Greek or Moroccan could be the way forward.

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