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Pam’s Springtime menu – menu#22

Pam has chosen a light refreshing menu for when the sun is out and we want something light but filling and is really tasty.

Pam’s Choice

Starter

Minted Pea and Cucumber Soup

Main Course

Crunchy Salmon

Minted Melon, Feta and Fennel Salad

Spinach Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Dessert

Chocolate Amaretti Mousse

The starter is a chilled soup and the mixture of peas, mint and cucumber mix together to make a wonderful tasty soup.  Pam liquidises the mint leaves with the soup to make it more minty and likes to serve the soup in china tea cups.

The main course is an easy dish to make, you shmear the salmon fillets with mayonnaise and cover with a mixture of chopped nuts and chives and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes.  This is served with different salads and Pam has chosen her melon, feat and fennel salad and her spinach salad with peanutbutter dressing.

This fabulous meal is finished off with Pam’s Chocolate Amaretti Mousse and served with her Summer fruit medley. The chocolate mousse is a delicious light mousse with the chocolate melted with butter and a little espresso powder, folded into whipped egg whites with broken bits of amaretti biscuits mixed in.  Serve with some pouring cream.

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A French Menu – MyDish menu #21

A guest blog from Golearnto- who specialise in cooking holiday experiences.  They work with a number of different chefs and have chosen a French menu.

French cuisine is great for providing plenty of wow factor at a dinner party to impress, but this menu will hopefully avoid the hassle of spending too much time in the kitchen as lots of the preparation can be done in advance, leaving you more time at the table. This dinner serves 6 – or 4 hungry people!

Starter

Potage de deux poivrons (Red and Yellow Pepper Soup)

Main Course

Cassoulet

Dessert

Chocolate Mousse

This starter is a simple soup but the colours and flavours really come into their own in the presentatio.  The key is to  keep the different colour peppers separate when making the soupand how you combine them in the bowl is up to you!

The main course needs to be prepared a day or two in advance to allow everything to soak up all the delicious flavours, but it’s worth the effort and the end result will be something really tasty. Use  a large deep pot and cook slowly for a delicious rich French casserole.

Chocolate mousse uses few ingredients but the way it’s made is the key to its success. Tips for a good mousse: Use really fresh top quality free-range eggs. Never over-heat chocolate as it will ‘seize’ i.e. split and turn grainy. When whisking the whites, make sure that all the equipment is spotlessly clean and make sure that absolutely no yolk finds its way into the whites. When combining the chocolate and meringue use a large sharp-edged metal spoon as this helps with the ‘cut and fold’ technique. A wooden spoon will bash out all the air you’ve taken so much trouble to retain.

We are on week 21 of 52 in our years challenge to find the best dinner party menus.  Have you got a formula for success you can share with us?

 

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Anjali’s Dinner Party Menu – Menu # 17

Anjali Pathak is the brand ambassador for Patak’s sauces, the granddaughter of LG Pathak who founded the Patak’s business over 50 years ago. Anjali was involved in the family business from a very young age with her mother Meena inspiring her with new recipes.

When I asked Anjali to give me her favourite dinner party menu this was top of her list.

Anjali’s favourite Dinner Party Menu

Main Course

Anjali’s Masala Chicken

Pilau Rice

Cucumber and Mint Raita

Dessert

Roast Peaches with Honey

Anjali said “When I have done this menu before I haven’t really served starters as the chicken curry is so darn delicious that they are usually pretty full from main course and so starters would be overkill. Sometimes with drinks I make some roasted spiced nuts just to keep them going!”

Ever since I was a little girl I remember my mum’s chicken curry. It was delicious and the scents of aromatic spices filled the house. When I started cooking it I changed the recipe slightly, but my mum loves mine so I guess it must be pretty similar. When you make yours you can add as many chillies as you like. I know it seems like the ingredient list is endless but trust me, this recipe is worth buying all the spices for as I am sure you will make this again and again!

This is served with cucumber and mint raita and pilau rice

 

 

The dessert is an Indian twist  given to two great ingredients that work wonderfully together, peaches and honey. It tastes best with ripened peaches as they are sweeter and softer, but if you don’t have time to let them ripen then make sure you bake them for a little longer.

Thanks Anjali for a great menu – definitely one on my list to try -you can see more of Anjali’s delights on www.anjalipathak.com

Next I am looking for the very best romantic dinner party menu for that very special Valentines weekend! Please send through any ideas to [email protected]

MyDish Menu Collection – Menu 2 (Nibby’s Spanish Menu)

I have had some great feedback already about people sharing their best menus.  Menus with easy recipes that you know always work when you have friends around.  Or perhaps a great “dinner party special” for guests you want to impress.  My aim is to put up a different menu each week on a Friday for the weekend , menus with members’ favourite recipes but also those quick recipes that are great for parties – so please send me your best menu at [email protected]

So today’s inspiration for the weekend is from Nibby who is an English teacher in North London… She likes to theme her menus by different worldwide cuisine.  Starting with her fabulous Paella she then works out which Spanish / Mediterranean starters and dessert go well together.

Nibby’s Spanish Menu

Starter

Canapes.  She tends to do tapas on baguette such as garlic mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, olive tapanade and other variations.

 

Main Course

Nibby has her mixed Paella recipe created to perfection – it has mixed seafood with extra prawns and mussels, chicken pieces and chorizo and is a great dish to make the day before.

 

 

Dessert

To keep with the Spanish theme, serve a Mediterranean citrus style fruit salad with a typical Spanish dessert such as a  Creme Catalan by Rebeccabakescakes.

Lets us know what you think of Nibby’s menu and please please please if you have any good food recipes that work well together in a menu then send it through for us all to share – to [email protected]

Thanks – Carol x

 

 

Dinner Party Menus, kicking off the MyDish Menu Collection

I have some friends over for dinner tonight and I have always wanted to use MyDish to create a collection of people’s ideas for dinner party menus.  So for now I am going to use my blog to pull together themes and ideas for different menus so that we can all have new recipe inspiration when we entertain friends with different menu ideas to try out….and I would love you to help me do this.

I want to build a collection of peoples favourite menus – don’t you find it is not just about good food recipes but what goes well with what.  Some of my friends like to theme their dinner party menus i.e create an Italian starter (minestrone?) with an Italian main course (lasagna recipes) followed by an Italian dessert (Tiramisu).

Other ways of pulling together a menu would be choosing the main course first and then thinking about the starter and dessert that would compliment the main dish.  When having a rich and creamy main course I would choose and light starter and a non-creamy dessert.

So tonight this is my menu – Carol’s menu number 1

Starter

Smoked Salmon and Poached Egg Souffle (This is tasty and quick and really easy to make)

Main Course

Anna’s Lamb Tagine with Apricots

Dessert

Key Lime Pie (I am adding a lime jelly to the top) and will tell you whether it works or not

Pudding Chocolate Brownies another recipe I had at a friends dinner (Thanks Samantha)

Summer Fruit Medley – This I had at a friends house (its Pam Canettis recipe and the ginger and mint give a really refreshing zing to it)

All of these recipe ideas, those that I like that are not mine – I have added to “My favourites” so that whenever I want to make something I have easy access to the recipes I know, I like or I have tried – I even look at my friend’s favourite recipes (the people I follow) as I know them , I trust them and I like to try what they like best.

Please do send me your dinner party menu favourites so I can add them to our collection and give all of our members inspiration and different combinations to try out.