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easy but kinda special thankyou, meal for 8 adults and 5 kids

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lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 11:57:42

our family has helped us alot to get our garden sorted and i'd like to have them all over as a thankyou.

i thought about doing some food.
but i don't want to end up stressed and running about iykwim.

i thought for dessert i could have a chocolate cake, nice easy and can be done in advance.

but im stuck for main meal ideas.
or should i just get a takeout? and if so what kind on a sunday?
the only takout i can thinnk of is dominos on a sunday

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 11:58:35

ps they only like very simple food.
anything like baked salmon they think is fancy !

mrspnut Sun 05-Oct-08 12:02:03

I would make something simple like a roast dinner or fish pie that you can do as much prep for before hand as possible and then enjoy the meal.

PavlovtheWitchesCat Sun 05-Oct-08 12:03:50

Do not get a take out on a sunday, regular chefs are often off on sundays, and they need to use up the crap that was not sold over the weekend and it gets left for hours as they do not sell as much on sundays. I would say that 8 times out of ten I have had crap take outs on a sunday, at the same places that do fab food on fridays/saturdays.

How about a chicken casserole served with crusty bread, or lasagne with garlic bread/salad?. You can prepare, pop in the oven and then leave for the next couple of hours for casserole, 45 mins for lasagne, gives you a chance to tidy/lay table/shower/get family sorted, socialise while it finishes off.

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 12:05:29

thanks mrspnut, i was thinking of doing a roast.
but i've never done it for so many before.

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 12:08:17

pav,thanks good point about takeout on sunday, i was thinkning of getting them to come on a sat instead if i can't think of anything that i feel confident i can do without being all stressy.

lasagne could work.

janeite Sun 05-Oct-08 16:16:32

Lasagne is easy, served with salads and garlic bread.

Or a big pan of homemade soup, with nice breads and cheese.

Or lots of baked potatoes with a couple of fillings: - cold (homemade coleslaw, grated cheese, tuna and sweetcorn) - hot (ratatouille or chilli).

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 16:22:49

janeite thanks for the ideas smile

i lik all those ideas smile

Mercy Sun 05-Oct-08 16:26:41

How about boeuf bourguignon served with mashed potatoes.

Do you have a slow cooker?

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 16:41:15

that sounds nice, i don't have a slow cooker.

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 16:49:45

think im scared of the numbers

pointydog Sun 05-Oct-08 16:58:37

baked potatoes with lots of different fillings is LOVely. You could have a big pot of chilli if you wanted one hot filling and then a variety of salads. mmmm

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 16:59:27

oh they wouldn't eat chilli, its not plain enough iykwim?

Mercy Sun 05-Oct-08 16:59:43

I know the feeling!

That recipe I linked to serves 4-6 so you just need to double everything and make loads of mash so that no-one goes hungry.

I just asked about a slow cooker as I thought it might save you a bit of time but obviously any overproof casserole will do - if you have one big enough that is - eeeek!

ConnorTraceptive Sun 05-Oct-08 17:01:20

How about a cooked "brunch" instead? sausages and bacon, simple and easy. Then some nice pastries and waffles instead of a pudding.

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 17:02:55

i could do a roast chicken, jackets and salads ?

NoblesseOblige Sun 05-Oct-08 17:05:41

do 2 chickens and let them go cold if worried about having enough? cold chicken, hot baked spuds and salady stuff sounds yum to me!

Charlee Sun 05-Oct-08 17:08:39

Jamie Oliver Fantastic Fish pie! I have served it before and got requests for more! Always a winner here. smile

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 17:10:49

oh no they don't eat fish.

i know they are nightmares.

lasagne would be there most exotic!

SqueakyPop Sun 05-Oct-08 17:10:56

A big pot of chilli with loads of baked potatoes and toppings.

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 17:11:47

they won't eat chilli or anything lightly spiced.

SqueakyPop Sun 05-Oct-08 17:11:54

If you want to do a roast for 13 people, then make it a turkey.

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 17:12:14

they are more your meat n 2 veg types iykwim!

lovelysongbirdanotheryearolder Sun 05-Oct-08 17:12:48

shame its so cold as a bbq in the garden would be perfect.

ConnorTraceptive Sun 05-Oct-08 17:13:15

sausages and mash?

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