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Come Dine With Me ideas
Tue 8-Jan-13
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Aly, that sounds lovely - and Jan, I'll give it some thought!  ponder

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Well this is my current thinking....
I'm doing some grilled dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon as appetisers

Then caramelised leek, onion and Camembert filo parcels with cranberry sauce

Then chicken and Toulouse sausage cassoulet with plain green beans and baby potatoes

Pudding will be a pear,pecan and frangipani trumble ( cross between a tart and a crumble) with vanilla ice cream and/or extra thick cream.

Current worries....too much pastry ( starter and pud), and it might all be too filling.

Fri 1-Feb-13
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Start earlier and finish later and I'm sure you'll fit it in and if there are complaints.....make sure your gun licence is current.eeekeeek.....

Keep the wine flowing Jan....always helps it along..runawayrunaway

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Fri 1-Feb-13
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wave  Hi Jan, 

As your cassoulet has cooked dried beans in it I don't think I would have the potatoes with it as well. As for your too much pastry worries, why not make just the filling & topping for the tumble, bake it in small dishes presented at table on a larger plate to allow for the ice-cream/extra thick cream.   

I hope it all goes really well, looking forward to hear all about it.  laugh  ok

 

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Fri 1-Feb-13
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Thanks Nadine, I did dither about the potatoes, and having seen the dish now I've prepped it ( I had to change the dish size twice to fit everything in) I agree with you, they can keep till Sunday when I am doing a later Christmas dinner for returned son - 8 adults and 3 children to feed.

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Not sure about the starter still, so might change mind yet anyway, just baked the pastry case for the pudding, but I suppose that could keep till Sunday too.

Sun 3-Feb-13
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Well, we had a lovely evening, but ever the self critic, I was a little unhappy with the food. Didn't bother doing the dates, decided it was overkill, we can have them tomorrow.
The filo parcels were a touch bland and I think could have done with some stronger cheese than Camembert.
The cassoulet was fine and went down well with lightly cooked French beans and crusty bread

I didn't do the trumble, but did a poached pear pecan frangipani tart, pecan nuts were ground up to use in the frangipani instead of almonds, it was rather heavy and quite dark coloured, the pears were delicious though and I'd do them again maybe in summer with ice cream. They were poached in red wine and water with sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, vanilla nd a piece of ginger.
Plenty of wine was drunk and the chatter never stopped, and that's what to about anyway!

Next one is booked at Anne's for April, contemplating inviting the Heritage gang to a CDWM while mike is away skiing in March, but not sure yet.

Wed 8-May-13
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New bunch for a CDWM, this is Mikes ski friends, and we have been to a couple of meals at their houses and its now our turn.
I'm thinking of a spring menu and have the bare bones of it in my head, just needs fine tuning

Starter...something asparagus , possibly griddles and then wrapped in prosciutto or similar

Main....it's got to be Lamb, now I have a large leg in the freezer, which would be ideal as they are hearty eaters( sturdy and athletic people) , but mike thinks its not very springlike to get it out of the freezer and he's suggesting we do rack of lamb, I'm concerned that although very nice and very stylish, there's not a lot of meat there...

Pud, thinking rhubarb fool, ginger snap buscuits, however had a lovely lemon posset on Sunday when out and was thinking maybe a trio of little puds, possibly rhubarb fool, mini lemon meringues and mini choc brownies...but not very spring-like.

Any suggestions anyone?

Wed 8-May-13
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What's wrong with getting the lamb leg out of the freezer, how is that not Spring-like?  And how will the guests know (or will they even care) if nobody tells them? ponder No, I agree Jan, there's not much meat on a rack of lamb.  I'd serve the leg with lots of fresh young green veggies and Jersey Royals (if you can get them, I did see some in the supermarket last week) rather than traditional roast roots.

As for the puds, they sound fine to me.....what about simply tarting them up with some Spring flowers (wild primroses, eg) on the plates?  Or, since I've just mentioned it, a little fruit tartlet as the 3rd thing?

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Thu 9-May-13
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Some good ideas Sue, thanks. Planning not going to plan, couldn't get half the stuff I wanted in the shops today, so will have to think about it again in the morning. Looks like we are going for the leg of lamb, however I've got a stall at a fair on Saturday ( whoops, forgot about the fair when I set the date for the dinner) so timing is going to be pretty tight and need to get lots done tomorrow now ( Friday)

Fri 10-May-13
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Having now sorted through my shopping yesterday, I'm a bit more calm this morning, there's a few things I didn't get, but I've time this afternoon if necessary to nip in to Selby.
I got some lovely little beetroot a from waitrose....yes that's how desperate I got, I even went to waitrose, not that I've anything against the place, its just I don't go there as I get tempted by all sorts of things, such as the Jerusalem artichokes I also got, I love them.
Got the lamb out of the freezer, found some smoked salmon too, so got that out just in case, and some beef stock, which was a bonus.

Mon 13-May-13
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Well, it all went very well in the end, when Mike got back from golf he stills said he wanted rack of lamb, so we went in to Selby and got 2 unprepared racks of cutlets from the butchers. They werent cheap and to be honest although they were nice, I preferred the leg that I cooked anyway just in case.

Maybe if they had been french trimmed and everything they might have been ok, but they were just too big and hefty as they were, everyone really enjoyed them though and we all ended up eating them with our fingers and making a complete mess.

A great night with lots of laughs, and thats what its all about really...

Right, my next challenge is the catering for the girls hen weekend at the end of the month. More of that later.....

Mon 13-May-13
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Phew, Jan, you do put yourself through it !!!!!!

Well done on the CDWM though, sounds a great success.

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So now I've got time to think about it, back to the hen weekend planning.
I am doing the meal on Friday night, and the girls have opted for a Thai meal, they all love my beef mussoman, so that's relatively easy, needs to be done in advance so that it can just be warmed up when we get there, Sue is then doing the breakfasts and we are eating out on Saturday, so just nibble type food and some baking to think about.
Starting to get nervous about making the white chocolate roses for the wedding cake, but have found out one of my other friends did a cake decorating course a few years ago and she's offered to give me some training.

Mon 27-May-13
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Update on the Hen weekend food, still on with the curry, but have decided on the beef and butternut curry that I did for the trip to Whitby last year, very similar to the mussoman, so should be fine. Will probably do a chicken green curry too.
Starters...am thinking crab cakes, wontons, maybe some little spring rolls and little skewers with a spicy lamb kebaby type thing.
I think pud needs to be quite light, but undecided at the mo.
Feeling a bit more relaxed about the cake decorating, my friend has come through for me and is coming to give me some training next Monday.

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