Dinner No 25 hosted by Tanyah: March 2016
This dinner has been a long time coming. We have a changing of the guard with 3 members taking a break and getting a date in the diary has taken some months of planning!
New members for this round are Lucinda, whose divine creations I have missed. Niki who I’m sure will be serving up some creative and healthy choices for us and Harriet who is a fantastic cook. Can’t wait to eat my way through all their dinners.
My dinner party nemesis is starters. I am always scratching my head and it is definitely the slimmest section in my cookery file. So I have decided to tackle only starters for this round of the 8ate. I guess it will be like a tasting menu – that probably sounds better 🙂
I am starting with camembert with bacon breadsticks – this recipe has surely got to be a winner, an oozing camembert with a shaped bread baked around it, like an octopus with each tentacle wrapped in pancetta. Obviously baking a camembert is not that tricky! the challenge here for me is shaping the dough, as I have never made anything other than a normal loaf.
chicken liver and mushroom nests: I am intrigued by chicken livers as I tried a chicken liver parfait recently and thought I would hate it but loved it. i was going to go for making that but thought that I can probably do pate another time. This looks like an interesting recipe as the little cup which it is served in is made of bacon. Piggy overload for course one and two, I have just noticed.
chargrilled mackerel with sweet and sour beetroot: I have never done my own pickling – it looks pretty straightforward, fish is always a great thing to start with but I get stuck at variations of smoked salmon. I love mackerel, just need to make sure it is super fresh and properly boned!
cauliflower and chestnut soup: I love making soup but never use recipes – I want to force myself to use a recipe and I love the idea of cauliflower and chestnut together, I won’t serve any bread as I think with all the other courses it will be too filling.
thai minced pork and chicken salad: A bit nervous about this as I have a thai aficionado as a guest but hey ho. I picked this as I think with all the trimmings of lettuce, cucumber and beansprouts it will look prettier than just a spoonful of minced slop!!
macarons: not doing a pudding as such but I have wanted to brave having a go at these for so long. I am a huge fan of macarons and can’t stop eating them when I have the fortune to be offered them, I find them thoroughly addictive. Let’s see if I can pull of something graceful. I reckon my chances are slim on this one. Piping bags, precision.. these are things that are just not very me!