Hosting a dinner party can be great fun if you approach it right. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in the kitchen cooking while your friends are enjoying themselves so give one of these Dinner Party Menu a try. My house is littered with cookery books from loads of TV chefs and I have so many recipes I want to try but whenever I have friends round for a dinner party, I can’t help but revisit these 2 menus. They offer you the ability to get ahead and ensure you are not stuck in the kitchen while totally delivering on flavour. Prep these dishes ahead of time, let the slow cooking be the star of the show and relax!
Yes its January. Yes I”m dieting again but I found this no mature, Spiced Christmas fruit cake recipe in a new magazine subscription I took out and I simply had to document it so I don”t lose it for next year! Its full of Christmas spice, extra moist and a little bit boozy so its everything a Christmas cake should be.
I ended up making this because I ran out of time to make a fully matured Christmas cake and, after visiting the BBC Good Foot Show earlier in the month, I ended up subscribing to the Good Food magazine where I found this gem of a recipe. It”s dead easy to make and will be well suited to anyone with a food mixer. You can mix it by hand if you like but I”m lazy so this “chuck all the ingredients in” approach really suits me.
Merry Christmas to you all and here’s a Merry Christmas Trifle Recipe to boot!
I was asked to provide a Christmas Trifle recipe for a work colleague so I was only to happy to oblige. This is more of an assembly of ingredients rather than a cooking recipe but if you want to make your own custard or jam rather than shop bought then feel free. The use of Amaretto rather than the traditional Sherry is a welcome twist and that marzipan taste works really well with the fresh fruit. And to make it extra moist and flavoursome I’m using Madeira cake rather than Trifle fingers. There’s no hard and fast quantities here, use whatever suits your taste and scale it to the amount of people you will be having over to join in the festivities!
With 25 days until Christmas I can’t help but think of what I’m going to do for the Christmas dinner feast this year. Over the years I’ve accumulated a load of ideas and recipes which jazz up the normal turkey, roast potatoes and veg. This year I’ll be cooking Herb butter basted Turkey, Rosemary Roast Potatoes, Honey Glazed Parsnips, Citrus Roast Carrots and Creamed Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts. Some would say this is over the top. I say Christmas is a time for indulgence so I take great pleasure in preparing and eating this feast!