All posts filed under: Dinner party

Easy puddings to make (and serve when drunk)

I have been extremely neglectful of this blog over the last year (by neglectful I mean totally absent). I had to have a bit of a break from my love of cooking when I got pregnant with my little girl. The first four months were spent spewing, and the last three I had such terrible back/pelvis issues that standing up for long enough to make a sandwich was sufficiently painful to put me off cooking. I guess for the middle bit I just wasn’t so keen on entertaining when it seemed inappropriate to drink bucket loads of wine. At least not in front of people. But the bun is now out of the oven and somewhere in between running a business, looking after two small people, and not losing my mind, I thought I’d give it another go. And what better way to jump back into it than with some gloriously easy puddings for when you want to stuff your face and impress your dinner guests all at once. These can all be made well …

RECIPES: Entertaining on a budget

I love entertaining and feeding people. If I had my way we’d be dining on lobsters and venison and all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients because I like to try new recipes and experiment. But invariably they come with a hefty price tag and at the moment that’s not a price tag we can afford. So I wanted to write a few entries here and there about entertaining on a budget, and how by utilising things you already have in your fridge/freezer/store cupboard it’s possible to put together menus that are tasty but don’t break the bank.  Obviously these are based on what I already have in MY house, but hopefully they might provide some inspiration (as well as some favourite recipes). The first is for a dinner party for 6 people, achieved on just £20, with some extras for my toddler. MENU: Canapé – Meatballs with spicy tomato sauce, grated parmesan and basil on canapé spoons. Starter – Pesto and mozzarella bruschetta with watercress and a honey and balsamic drizzle. Main – Fennel …