Waitrose: The Everyday Kitchen

Episode six: Cooking for special occasionswaitrose new

Waitrose have been working with Mumsnet to produce a web TV series; demonstrating that quick and tasty culinary achievements can be an everyday feature in your kitchen despite the trials and tribulations of family life.

Through the series we've offered you inspiration for your ingredients from Waitrose executive chef Neil Nugent and insights into gastronomic goodness with nutritionist Moira Howie, and covered everything from how to take the stress out of Sunday lunch to bringing love of the lost art of baking.

Whether it's an afternoon tea for friends or putting on a spread for the extended family, catering for large numbers of people can require time and effort. In this week's episode, Neil gives us his take on fun finger-food to brighten the most basic of buffet tables.


Fancy having a go yourself? Here's the recipe and list of the ingredients you'll need.

Thanks for submitting your hints and tips on this week's theme. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • If I've got lots of people coming over and it's winter, I often do huge vats of curry or soup that can be left for people to help themselves from. Really convenient, still casual and generally a bit more substantial. 
I like a board with a variety of breads, crackers and cheese on it. There's always something for everyone that way. 
Also, in spring, I roast asparagus wrapped in pieces of parma ham (one piece of ham can normally do two or three spears of asparagus so it doesn't need to cost the bank) and drizzled with oil. I normally throw a couple of garlic cloves on to the roasting try for flavour and those who want to can squeeze the delicious garlic out afterwards. It's conveniently sized so you can do a big pile at once and everyone gets a couple of pieces. It also doesn't matter if it's not eaten immediately, so it works as people are wandering around. OhBling
  • One thing that always goes down really well is baked new potatoes. Large baking tray, couple of bags of washed baby new pots, light drizzle of oil, a really generous sprinkling of maldon salt (the flakiness makes it stick better) and whack in the oven for 45 minutes or so.
 Serve with garlic mayo, and they just disappear. 
If I want to cater for a crowd, then chilli with bits is ever-popular. One giant chilli, loads of rice (have been known to have to serve it in a clean washing-up bowl), grated cheese, sour cream, nachos, guacamole, refried beans, garlic bread, potato wedges, and salad. If there are veggies, I do a three-bean chilli too. This way I can cater for the various gluten/dairy/egg avoiders in our group, as well as the picky eaters. CMOTdibbler
  • A great big piece of happy pork, roasted, with crackling, stuffing and apple sauce that people can slap on to lovely fresh rolls always goes down well. Throw some roast potatoes into the bottom of the tin and put out a bit of a green salad, and you've got a substantial and easy meal for loads of people. mrsrawlinson

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We’d like to know what you've thought of the series as a whole. What was your favourite episode? And have you tried out any of the recipes? We’d like to hear your feedback.

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