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Scrumptious Spring Menu – menu #28

I have kept up the South African theme for this weekend’s dinner party menu.  I have chosen a menu from one of our members Scrumptious who has shared 57 recipes.  I am putting all of our dinner party menus on our diner party page for easy reference so you can have the full years selection of menus for inspiration.

Scrumptious Dinner Party Menu


Tomato Soup and Croutons

Main Course

Marinated Salmon

Roast Potatoes

Garlic Mayonnaise

Crunchy Coleslaw Salad


Raspberry Pudding

Using ripe tomatoes on the vine – place on a baking tray with garlic cloves, drizzle with olive oil and roast.  Meanwhile in a saucepan fry onions and add balsamic vinegar cooking to reduce.  Then add in everything on the baking tray and stir in to the onions – liquidise to a rustic consistency and serve with creme friache , some basil leaves and coutons.

The main course of salmon roast potatoes and salads is an easy and light main to prepare.  The salmon is all about the soy and sesame dressing which is put together and drizzled over the salmon – best to do this at least 12 hours before cooking (ideally leave it to marinate overnight) to really let the juices sink into the salmon.

The crunchy noodles and the flaked almonds make this coleslaw a really interesting and tasty salad.

For dessert this raspberry pudding involves whisking the eggs and sugar and then stiring in the salt, flour and milk.  Put half of this mixture into your pudding bowl and cook for 15 minutes and then add all the raspberries and top with the rest of the mixture and then put it back in the oven for a further 30 minutes.  To serve sprinkle with caster sugar and serve with cream or ice cream.

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New Year’s Eve menu- MyDish Menu 12

Is it dinner for 2 – a sit down dinner for 8-12 or a buffet for more than 20?

Whatever your plans this New Years Eve most people I have spoken with will be making a celebratory dinner of it.  So I have decided to pull together 3 different menus for New Year’s Eve depending on your plans.

I have searched our site and chosen dishes that go together – these aren’t my recipes but they are my chosen favourites for the big night!


Romantic meal for 2



Tiger Prawns with Garlic

Main Course

Cabernet Filet Mignon

Honey and Thyme Roasted Carrots

Potatoes Dauphinoise


Deborah Meaden’s Champagne sorbet

I like this because it is light and quick and special – it reminds me of going away for a weekend with my husband for our anniversary and he made me a romantic dinner with this for starters – sure to impress – just make sure you have all the ingredients prepared before you start!

This recipe uses a little crumbly cheese to add a kick and a bit of red wine to finish off the steaks.  It can be served with a baked potato dish and asparagus with parmesan.

To finish I like to have something made in advance – and to make it a really speacial meal I have chosen Deborah Meaden’s champagne sorbet


Special New Year’s Eve sit down dinner for 8-12 people.

If you are having a celebratory sit down dinner then you don’ want to be rushing back and forth to the kitchen whilst everyone else is enjoying the party.  So my advice is make dishes that are special but that you can make today and tomorrow before the dinner party.


Smoked Mackerel and Cranberry pate

Main Course

Chicken in Champagne and Mushroom Sauce

Le Fabulous Parmesan Asparagus



Chocolate Mousse


This is a great way to use up any of those cranberries left from Christmas dinner.  It is easy to make in advance and prepare by making up the plate and lating on the table in advance of the guests arriving.

The main course can also be par cooked in advanced and finished off in time to serve.  The rice can be put on whilst you are eating hors doeavre and the Asparagus can be pan fried and then baked in the oven.

For dessert a choice of individual chocolate mousse pots or a special New years eve treat of Tiramisu which means pick me up – just in time to keep you going till midnight.

New Year’s Eve buffet

Cocktail party canapés

Party dates

Roasted carrot and hummous dip with pita

Marinated Salmon

Roast new potatoes

Crunchy coleslaw salad

Saute beans

Leg of Lamb

Vegetarian Moussaka


Chocolate Mousse


Champagne Sorbet

Cheese plate and biscuits

For starters I love the different selection of canapes that people can just snack on.


Followed by a choice of salmon or lamb with buffet style sides such as crunchy coleslaw, roasted potatoes and saute beans.  The lamb dish I have chosen as it is a little different and the owner of the recipe Annabel says this is great for lots of people – so if you like something with a bit of spice – give it a go!

I have chosen these recipes from our collection but I am looking for your menu combinations for 2012 – we are still on our challenge to get a different  menu for each week – I have some great ones ready for January but if you have a special menu that you love and you know works well – please send it to me to share with our members