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Spanish August 9, 2019

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For Monday 3rd June, we went regional, and had a Spanish dinner. Franca and Jacinta were our cooks for the evening, with Jacinta hosting.

Mains

The mains were served tapas-style, with a range of smaller dishes for sharing. These included fried eggplant with herbs and honey, ricotta with grapes and olives, Frank Camorra’s ensalada de remolacha (beetroot salad with fennel and cumin), and Frank Camorra’s prueba de matanza con patatas panadera (fresh chorizo with baker’s potatoes).

Dessert

For dessert, we had individual serves of crema catalana.

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Eat Your Greens March 18, 2019

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On Monday 4th March, we had a coloured culinary theme, with a dinner where we were asked to Eat Your Greens. Jacinta cooked together with Franca, who hosted us all.

Drink

We started with a cucumber & mint spritzer from Jacinta.

Entree

Jacinta then switched on our appetites with avocado & almond cucumber rolls.

Mains

For main course, we had delicious Kilkenny mash, steak with chimichurri and chorizo, and Brussels sprouts and pancetta salad.

Dessert

To conclude, Franca made us a cucumber mint & vodka granita, and Jacinta served a labne orange cheesecake with pistachio crust.

Brown Sugar January 5, 2019

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On Monday 12th November, we enjoyed a dinner themed around Brown Sugar. Franca and Jacinta created the dishes, with Jacinta hosting.

Drink

Brown Sugar Theme

To whet our appetites, we started with a brown sugar caipirinha.

Entree

Brown Sugar Theme

To start the meal, we began with bacon and onion jam, with cheeses.

Mains

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The main course was brown sugar and garlic butter pork, brown sugar bourbon sweet potato, apple slaw, and brown sugar cornbread.

Dessert

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To finish the meal, we had coconut and lime cheesecake with brown sugared pineapple.

Geometric Shapes January 5, 2019

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On Monday 6th August, Laura and Franca provided not just amazing-tasting food, but amazing-looking food, with a theme of Geometric Shapes. Laura hosted, and both Laura and Franca made sweet and savoury dishes.

Entree

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To begin the meal, Laura made vegetable samosas (in a tetrahedron shape).

Mains

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For main course, Laura served chicken involtini with smoked mozarella (in cylinders), and Franca made us arancini “balls” (in a conical shape).

Dessert

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To finish the meal, Laura gave us gluten-free lamingtons (in cubes), and Franca gave us the most spectacular dessert we’ve ever had – a chocolate sphere filled with raspberry ice-cream and raspberries, topped with peanut butter caramel sauce.

Nightshades June 9, 2018

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On Monday 7th May, Franca hosted the Nightshades dinner and served up dishes together with Laura.

Entre

Franca began the meal with roast chilli and bacon crumb.

Mains

   

Main course included an incredible moussaka and some other dishes I unfortunately can’t remember.

Dessert

 

Laura finished the meal with two desserts: a chilli chocolate mousse and a creme cheese cupcake.

Rice February 11, 2018

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Yet again we had a theme that we were surprised hadn’t been done yet, and this time it was Rice. Laura hosted and provided up with the savoury dishes, with Franca joining her to provide us with the sweet ones.

Drink

Laura (assisted by her daughter) started the evening with a strawberry and sake cocktail.

Entre

 

Laura started the meal proper with two entres: Vietnamese rice paper rolls with crispy tofu, and Thai chicken and black rice soup.

Main

For main course, Laura gave us chorizo and spinach paella.

Dessert

  

To finish, Franca served us a chocolate and peanut butter ricebubble slice, a pandan sticky rice slice and a rice pudding with poached pear.

Fruits Starting With P January 3, 2018

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The evening of Monday 13th November 2017 was the night of the dinner themed for fruits beginning with the letter ‘P’. Franca hosted and cooked dishes along with Laura.

Drink

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Franca started things off superbly with a Bellini cocktail.

Entre

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Franca then served a roasted pear with blue cheese and thyme.

Mains

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Laura made Thai pineapple chicken fried rice, and Franca made pork and pineapple Thai red curry and a pomelo salad with chilli, lime, peanuts and coconut.

Dessert

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To finish, Laura served Malaysian pineapple tarts and coconut and passionfruit self-saucing pudding.

Orange January 2, 2018

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On Monday 14th August, Jacinta hosted a dinner themed around the humble Orange, cooking dishes together with Franca.

Entre

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To begin, Jacinta served us orange arancini balls.

Mains

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The main course was pork & orange Provençal with greens.

Dessert

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To finish, we had Persian orange and almond cake, and chocolate orange truffles.

Quince August 12, 2017

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For Monday 1st May, the theme was Quince. Franca hosted the dinner, and cooked the dishes together with Jacinta.

Entré

 

The meal began with quince toast topped with prosciutto and cheese-stuffed quince-glazed prunes.

Main

 

The main course was Persian lamb shanks with a polenta and pomegranate salad.

Dessert

 

To conclude the dinner, we had goats cheese tarts with quince paste and a quince and almond cake.

Pandan August 12, 2017

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For Monday 13th February, the theme was Pandan. Franca hosted the dinner, and cooked the dishes together with Jacinta.

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Drink

Entré

Jacinta made amazing grilled corn with salty coconut cream.

Main

 

Jacinta cooked a deliciously moist pandan-brined roast chicken with asian coleslaw.

Dessert