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1980s retro dinner party - recipes wanted!

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flamingnora Tue 10-Mar-09 19:28:48

I rarely ate out in the 1980s and suspect the fare I was served by mum at home thoughout the decade was more representative of the '70s! I'm having a retro 1980s dinner party & would love some inspriration. Another snag is - 2 of my guests don't eat meat - so fish main courses/starters would be fab please!

compo Tue 10-Mar-09 19:30:10

prawn cocktail or egg mayonnaise to start
beef wellington for main
sherry trifle to finish!

Cathpot Tue 10-Mar-09 19:30:42

Can you still buy artic roll?

fryalot Tue 10-Mar-09 19:31:33

chicken in a basket
black forest gateau for pud.

vegetarian lasagne was the only veggie option in the 80s grin

GreatGooglyMoogly Tue 10-Mar-09 19:31:46

Pineapple upside down cake for pudding (serve warm).

fryalot Tue 10-Mar-09 19:31:56

cathpot - yes, you can. Tescos do one

docket Tue 10-Mar-09 19:32:01

mushrooms/cauliflower 'a la greque' soooo eighties!

avocado with prawn cocktail

black forest gateau

fryalot Tue 10-Mar-09 19:32:13

ooooh, a vesta curry grin

jellyhead Tue 10-Mar-09 19:33:32

wasn't it all noveau cuisine by the end of the eighties?
Teeny tiny bits of food with artfully squiggled on sauce

MrsTittleMouse Tue 10-Mar-09 19:33:49

Wasn't the 80s the prime time for nouvelle cuisine - teeny tiny portions artistically presented?

flamingnora Tue 10-Mar-09 19:33:59

ha ha! Now a vesta curry could work, you know!...

boudoiricca Tue 10-Mar-09 19:35:20

I remember my Mum making baked Alaska, but that could have been more 70s?

AitchTwoOh Tue 10-Mar-09 19:35:44

god yeah, you should frighten them with three artfully presented mangetout.

flamingnora Tue 10-Mar-09 19:36:59

I also remember baked alaska. And I remember cheesecake featuring on menus a lot - am I right?!
Novelle cuisine shudders - god, not sure I could take my guests down that memory lane!

Goober Tue 10-Mar-09 19:37:14

A glass of grapefruit juice in a wine glass on a plate with a paper doily.
Prawn cocktail with melba toast.
Ice cream with Ice Magic topping.
A salad made only out of a round lettuce, some tomatoes cut in half zig zag style and cucumber sliced. Heinz salad cream.

beansontoast Tue 10-Mar-09 19:37:26

oh! was going to say 'chicken cordon bleu'

i think vienetta surfaced in the eighties?


do you have a grey glass table and some black chairs?

AitchTwoOh Tue 10-Mar-09 19:38:40

ice magic, lololol, that is a great idea.

Goober Tue 10-Mar-09 19:39:14

Coq au vin, Colmans style!

MorocconOil Tue 10-Mar-09 19:39:37

Nut roast

docket Tue 10-Mar-09 19:39:46

oh the glass of juice on plate/doily idea is fantastic!

Lilymaid Tue 10-Mar-09 19:39:55

I was around doing dinner parties in the 80s. Monkfish had just come into fashion - so might be good for the non-meat eaters. I also did many veggie recipes from a BBC book/series. Actually, you can't do much better than a Delia recipe - her first set of books were de rigeur for dinner parties in the 80s.

flamingnora Tue 10-Mar-09 19:40:45

beansontoast - delighted to say I don't have a grey glass table - though I am sure there are plenty of unfashionably retro bits of tatt in my flat!
Would love to get a Vienetta out but we're doing a Come Dine With Me tribute party so I would feel bad if I wasn't slaving over a hot stove for hours before my guests around!

EffiePerine Tue 10-Mar-09 19:41:35

1/2 grapefruit with a cherry in the middle?

Goober Tue 10-Mar-09 19:42:46

Fruit juice would probably have a cocktail cherry on a stick.

AitchTwoOh Tue 10-Mar-09 19:42:50

i am telling you, if you bring out ice magic with ice cream and whatever else for dessert, they will be so happy.

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