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What to cook for guests between now and New Year?

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magicreality Sun 27-Dec-15 11:51:31

We've got a couple of sets of friends (with smallish children) coming for lunch between now and New Year. Want to make a bit of an effort, but conscious that we will all have overeaten over Christmas, so nothing too heavy. But don't want to go too basic (e.g. soup, bread, cheese (which is what we would be eating without guests) either. Roasts and anything turkey related definitely out! Any ideas? Will be cooking for 8 on both occasions.

WanttoFindWorkLifeBalance Sun 27-Dec-15 12:00:27

Nice salmon or ham could be good. Could do with a range of salads or jackets or something. Nigella ham in coca cola is always popular.

WanttoFindWorkLifeBalance Sun 27-Dec-15 12:04:34

Fajitas or tacos can be a good one too and fun - can do in two pans - spicy and not if catering for different tastes.

Acunningruse Sun 27-Dec-15 12:13:53

We've got guests for the next 3 days and im doing:
Lunch: quiche, salad, hummous, crudités, cheeseboard
Dinner: salmon en croute, new potatoes, green beans in lemon dressing and steamed broccoli with parmesan
Dessert: apple crumble

Lunch: spiced winter veg soup, bread rolls and cheeseboard
Dinner: roast ham with honey and mustard glaze, roast new potatoes, hm coleslaw plus w few picky bits like samosas etc
Dessert: pavlova topped with berries, kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds
Lunch: leftovers or eat out
Dinner: lasagne, garlic bread and salad
Dessert: warm Mince pies and cream or coffee and chocolates

Acunningruse Sun 27-Dec-15 12:14:27

Just realised today a bit pastry heavy. Oh well too late now.

SaltySeaBird Sun 27-Dec-15 12:37:31

Acunningruse that sounds like a great menu ... got room at the table for more?

I was going to suggest quiche (watercress and goats cheese being served up here today) as a reasonable lunch time option with crusty bread and salad on the side.

Dinner is a creamy smoked salmon, pea and dill pasta sauce - it's quite light and easy to do.

ilovehotsauce Sun 27-Dec-15 12:51:29

I'm doing Mexican this afternoon, left over meat + bean chilli from the freezer, salad, homemade salsa, avocados, cheese, wraps & big tray of Nacho's + lots of hot saucefgrin.

I personally can't face eating anymore meat, its also quite small person friendly.

Maryz Sun 27-Dec-15 12:54:49

We are eating bits and pieces.

So smoked salmon on brown bread, crisps/dips, cocktail sausages in honey and mustard, fruit, cheese and crackers, odd boxes of chocolates.

So basically clearing out all the nice food before we all start a healthy eating plan in January.

The only difference if we have guests is that we put it on plates instead of helping ourselves direct from the fridge grin

dh has gone to the supermarket to try to pick up a leftover ham and some smoked salmon to make sure we have enough to last.

magicreality Sun 27-Dec-15 14:01:09

Great ideas here - thanks! We did Nigella's ham in coke before Christmas (and very tasty it was too), but I'm liking the idea of some sort of baked salmon. And then maybe a quiche and nice salads for our other guests. Sorted smile

We're doing turkey fajitas tonight for ourselves - so got the Mexican front covered!

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