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Need 2 x 3 course dinner menus and have complete mental block

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laplumeofmyaunt Wed 28-Oct-15 17:43:33

Visitors over the weekend - we're going out one night, hurrah, but I need 2 x 3 course menus.

I like cooking, but don't want anything too complicated. The weather is crap so want something cheering and warming, possibly seasonal.

Visitors are not fussy, although one doesn't like anything too hot (chilli hot).

The only other thing is I never feel soup is a satisfactory starter for a special dinner.

Any ideas?

overthemill Wed 28-Oct-15 17:50:34

special both days? I'm assuming no vegetarians

antipasti/olives (from deli section) with warm ciabatta
roast lamb or pork(italian style maybe)
baked cheesecake - from waitress or m & s so a nice one ready made with berries

smoked salmon and brown bread
casserole - coq au vin or beef in red wine?
french pear or apple tart - again buy it - served warm with good vanilla ice-cream e.g. green and blacks

you only have to cook main course and could use slow cooker for casserole

Cookingongas Wed 28-Oct-15 17:55:47

Goats cheese and walnut ( cobnuts if you forage) salad
Beef Wellington and veg
Treacle pudding

Homemade Pate and toast
Sea bass with a burnt butter sauce and steamed veg
Trifle

Homemade squash and sage ravioli
Chicken stuffed with Sundried tomato wrapped in Parma ham
Cheesecake

Roast Pumpkin salad
Slow cooked guinea fowl with a port sauce
Creme brûlée

bookbook Wed 28-Oct-15 18:20:02

Individual goats cheese tarts
good beef casserole
lemon mousse

pate
luxury fish pie
panacotta and berries

griddled asparagus with parmesan
warm lamb salad with pomegranites ( Nigella recipe is great)
bread and butter pudding

laplumeofmyaunt Wed 28-Oct-15 18:32:32

See, I knew you'd sort it!

Think we'll have the following:

Pear, pecan and rocket salad with shaved parmesan, honey mustard dressing and fig/walnut bread
Beef casserole (or maybe cobbler) with green beans and either mash or dauphinoise
Tarte tatin and vanilla ice cream

Smoked salmon, horseradish cream, lemon and brown bread and butter - may get potted shrimps for DH because he doesn't like smoked salmon.
Chicken with sundried tomatoes and parma ham, roast baby potatoes and salad - Ongas, do you have a recipe you use for this?
Bread and butter pud with cream.

I'm salivating already.............

bookbook Wed 28-Oct-15 18:52:06

sounds wonderful!

ppandj Wed 28-Oct-15 19:01:14

Menu 1
Goats cheese salad to start
Beef bourgignon for main with crusty bread and salty butter (casserole made day before)
Tom kerridge lemon posset for pud (also made day before)

ppandj Wed 28-Oct-15 19:01:56

Oh sorry bookbook already suggested mine! Whoops blush

bookbook Wed 28-Oct-15 19:47:48

great minds ppandj smile

overthemill Thu 29-Oct-15 13:09:37

your menu sounds delicious. enjoy!

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