Dinner No 13 hosted by Lucinda: June 2013
It was great to get started on my 4th dinner. I decided to go for a different format this time, whilst staying true to the ideals of the 8ate club I thought that a summer indoor picnic would be a suitable theme for June. I also wanted to experience a meal where I didn’t need to leave the room or the table during the meal, a treat for me and hopefully not a bore for my guests!!
My menu was based on a traditional English picnic and I chose recipes that stretched me more than any other picnic I have done and are all dishes that can be taken on a picnic!
Pomegranate and Lime Smash – Virgin or Loaded
I loved this and have made it again since. It’s a great alternative to Pimms!
I have made ruff puff pastry at school before but not puff pastry and they are really the same thing. Thankfully I had plenty of pastry to experiment with as when baking the parmesan twists I needed to make some adjustments with the thickness of the pastry in order to be happy with the size. I thought they were light and tasty and my daughter LOVES them! I also wanted to go for a different take on crisps, something that we all enjoy at a picnic but that are never very healthy. I am not sure if kale can be classified as a super food but it certainly felt better eating them than the normal crisps. Apart from being very fine and therefore a little messy I really enjoyed them.
Well, I knew i had to do coronation chicken so I thought I had better find an interesting recipe! The recipe was certainly promising but I felt the end result didn’t reflect the amount of work that went into it! I would make the marinade again but probably not bother with the rest, I also felt that the sauce was a little thin.
I have never made a dish with Israeli couscous in it but really enjoy eating it so it was time to have a go. I really enjoyed it and liked the slightly fiery smoked paprika dressing that accompanied it, a nice change from the semolina couscous.
I thought the goats cheese and fig tarts looked lovely and were just the right size, I have made quiches before but not mini savoury tarts. My instinct were telling me to bake the pastry blind but the recipe said not to, I wish I had stuck to my instincts as the pastry wasn’t crisp enough for me. Other than that I thought the taste was mild and therefore a good accompaniment.
Celeriac soup was a last minute entry as the weather was so awful! I thought it was light in flavour and was a nice little addition to the cold food.
The strawberry baklava millefeuille with orange flower cream was a winner for me personally and we have eaten it again since. I slightly over whipped the cream given it went back in the fridge for a while but I loved the flavours and textures of this dish as well as the presentation.
The salted caramel and nut squares are a recipe from a campervan book, designed for making at home and taking away camping. I think they are delicious and I will definitely keep making them (have made them again already) but they are definitely messy/sticky.
I would like to thank you all for coming and for all my gorgeous gifts!! It is always an absolute pleasure meeting everyone’s guests and its always nerve wracking cooking dishes for the first time on an occasion this, please can we change the rules!!!