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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.

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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

P Fruits Theme - Drink

Franca started things off superbly with a Bellini cocktail.

Entre

P Fruits Theme - Entre

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

Mains

P Fruits Theme - Entre (1 of 3) P Fruits Theme - Entre (2 of 3) P Fruits Theme - Entre (3 of 3)

Laura made Thai pineapple chicken fried rice,

Dessert

P Fruits Theme - Dessert (1 of 2) P Fruits Theme - Dessert (2 of 2)

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

Seeds January 3, 2018

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The theme of the dinner on Monday 4th September 2017 was “seeds”. It turns out that a large number of things are seeds, but we were pretty traditional in our interpretation. Andrew hosted and made the savoury dishes, and Laura made the sweet dishes.

Entre

Seeds Theme - Entre

To begin with, Andrew made sunflower seed dip.

Mains

Seeds Theme - Mains (1 of 2) Seeds Theme - Mains (2 of 2)

Andrew then served two dishes for main course: mustard baked chicken with poppy seeds and Yotam Ottolenghi’s roast pumpkin with cardamom and nigella seeds.

Dessert

Seeds Theme - Dessert (3 of 3) Seeds Theme - Dessert (1 of 3) Seeds Theme - Dessert (2 of 3)

To conclude the meal with style, Laura made a chocolate chia seed pudding, a lemon poppyseed cake, and sesame seed biscuits.

Rosemary August 12, 2017

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For Monday 24th July, our dinner had the theme of Rosemary. Kerri hosted the dinner, and cooked the dishes together with Laura.

Drink

I don’t remember what it was called but it definitely had both rosemary and vodka.

Entré

As an introduction to the theme, Laura started with rosemary and Parmesan biscuits.

Main

  

Main course was aromatic brined fried chicken, together with an orange, pear and date salad with orange rosemary vinaigrette, and duck fat roasted root veggies.

Dessert

 

The amazing conclusion to the dinner was rosemary and orange polenta cake, and rosemary and lemon panna cotta.

Ukrainian August 12, 2017

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For Monday 3rd April, Laura hosted the dinner dedicated to Ukrainian food. Laura cooked the savoury dishes and Andrew made the desserts.

Entré

Laura began the meal with a traditional bowl of borsch.

Main

  

The main course from Laura was kovbasa, deruny and a radish and walnut salad.

Dessert

 

For dessert, Andrew made a syrnyk cake and a makovyi cake.

Cinnamon August 12, 2017

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On Monday 9th January, Laura hosted the Cinnamon dinner and served up dishes together with Kerri.

Mains

  

Main course was Hyderabadi chicken korma, Malabar vegetable ishtu, and Punjabi tariwala gosht.

Dessert

  

A trio of desserts matched the trio of curries, with cinnamon & butterscotch parfait, snickerdoodles, and cinnamon blondie.

All Time Favourites October 23, 2016

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For Monday 3rd October, Laura and Franca took a different approach to the dinner, asking the rest of the recipe club what were their “all time favourite” entrees, mains, desserts and party drinks. Each dish was inspired by the favourite of a different person.

Full details to be provided later.

Drink

All Time Favourites Theme - Party Drink

Entré

All Time Favourites Theme - Entre

 

Main

All Time Favourites Theme - Mains (3 of 3) All Time Favourites Theme - Mains (1 of 3) All Time Favourites Theme - Mains (2 of 3)

 

Dessert

All Time Favourites Theme - Dessert

 

Tofu August 7, 2016

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On Monday 4th July, Franca and Laura served us up a delicious dinner based around Tofu as the hero ingredient. Franca hosted and served up the savoury dishes, while Laura provided us with the sweet ones.

Entre

Tofu Theme - Franca entree

To begin, Franca made us a delicious soup with silken tofu.

Mains

Tofu Theme - Franca mains (1 of 2) Tofu Theme - Franca mains (2 of 2)

Franca then served us two savoury dishes for main course: bean-curd wraps and an eggplant and firm tofu stirfry.

Dessert

Tofu Theme - Laura dessert (1 of 2) Tofu Theme - Laura dessert (2 of 2)

Laura concluded the meal with two sweet dishes: chocolate and tofu cheesecake with maple and coconut (dairy-free) icecream, and tofu, choc-chip and pecan cookies.

Pomegranate May 21, 2016

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On Monday 11th April, our dinner was themed around Pomegranate! Laura hosted and cooked the dishes with Kerri.

Drinks

Pomegranate Theme - Kerri's Drink

Kerri provided refreshments in the form of a pomegranate margarita cocktail.

Entré

Pomegranate Theme - Laura's Entre

The first dish was Laura’s pomegranate-infused spaghetti with garlic sage butter.

Mains

Pomegranate Theme - Laura's Main (1 of 2) Pomegranate Theme - Laura's Main (2 of 2)

For mains, Laura served up a spinach and pomegranate salad and a pork roast with pomegranate and walnut filling.

Dessert

Pomegranate Theme - Kerri's Dessert

The scrumptious end to the meal was Kerri’s pomegranate cheesecake.