HELP! Need inspiration for dinner party!

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  1. brianmuz

    brianmuz

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    Wondering if anyone out there can recommend a recipe/s to me.

    My wife and I have another couple coming over for dinner tonight and I'm cooking. We're all foodies and one of the couple is an accomplished chef so I feel I need to do something a little special.

    I was thinking some kind of slow cooked meat but I'd really like to get some nice/interesting flavours in there as well.

    I'd also like some kind of vegetable side that's also a little special.

    In Melbourne, Australia at the moment it's Spring but it's a pretty mild overcast day today so we could get away with anything. We'll be having plenty of good red wine (I'm thinking sharaz) so something like fish wouldn't really work.

    I guess I need a quick, easy, interesting desert too but the focus is on the main course and sides.

    I have the whole day to buy stuff and prepare so time isn't a factor. Happy to spend a bit of money as well since it's a special occasion.

    If you could recommend any recipes that would work in this situation I'd be grateful. I feel I've done all my dinner party recipes recently.

    Any other dinner party hints, tips and suggestions also welcome.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. petalsandcoco

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    Never be intimidated by a Chef or a Foodie . Any , and I mean any dish that is executed properly (with all the variables) is all that truly counts.

    If you like slow cooked dishes, what about a good beef bourguignon ? Let it cook for a couple of hours, make a good mash, arugala salad all dressed up. Maybe finish your meal with fruit and cheeses ?

    This is a thread that has some ideas.

    spring menu ideas

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    Just a thought ,

    Petals.
     
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  3. teamfat

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    Lemon curd is fairly easy to make, put into ramekins and chill, then at dessert time top with whipped cream and berries. Asparagus with hollandaise is a nice side.

    mjb.
     
  4. koukouvagia

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    Start with a cheese platter.

    Slow roasted lamb shoulder. Rub it with spices and herbs and put it in a deep roasting pan. Cover with foil and stick it in a low over oven for 4 hrs. Done.

    Hassle back potatoes.

    Peas with mint

    A raddichio salad with orange vinegraitte

    Cheesecake -super easy to make ahead
     
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    If I go out, I expect everything to be done properly. If I'm eating at your house, whatever you put in front of me is fine. Don't be intimidated.
     
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    Elephant Stew
     
    1 Elephant, Chopped
    40 gallons prepared Gravy
    2 rabbits (optional.)
     
    Cut elephant into bite size chucks. Cover with gravy and slowly simmer two weeks. Serves 4600. If expecting more people, add the rabbits. A word of caution, however, since some are rather put off to find an unexpected hare in their stew.
     
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