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Surprise! May 2, 2019

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On Monday 8th April, the Recipe Club dinner was a Surprise! Each dish had something surprising about it. Kerri and Laura cooked, with Laura hosting.

Entré

Surprise Theme Surprise Theme

Surprise Theme - Laura's Entre (1 of 2) Surprise Theme - Laura's Entre (2 of 2)

To begin, we had baked avocado & bacon with surprise boiled egg centre, and parmesan & bacon muffins with surprise Camembert centres.

Mains

Surprise Theme - Laura's Main (2 of 2) Surprise Theme - Laura's Main (3 of 3)

For the main course, Laura served us meatloaf with a surprise mashed potato middle.

Dessert

Surprise Theme - Kerri's Dessert

To finish the meal, Kerri had made chocolate mousse with surprise raspberry syrup centre.

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Christmas January 5, 2019

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To celebrate Christmas, we had the final Recipe Club dinner for the year on Monday 17th December. Kerri and Laura made the dishes, with Laura hosting.

Drinks

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Kerri made two amazing cocktails that started and finished the meal – the “ornamentini” made within Christmas tree baubles, and chocolate peppermint martinis.

Entree

Christmas Theme

Laura began the meal proper with a cream-cheese Christmas tree.

Mains

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The main course was maple mustard roasted turkey with harvest rice, orange carrots with yoghurt parsley dressing, smashed crispy roast potatoes with turmeric and coconut, and southern-style sweet potato salad.

Dessert

Christmas Theme

Kerri made a gingerbread and cherry galette for dessert (together with the chocolate peppermint martinis).

 

Yellow January 5, 2019

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On Monday 15th October, Kerri and Laura created a Yellow dinner, with Laura hosting.

Drink

Yellow Theme

We enjoyed a bourbon lemonade fruit punch.

Mains

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The mains were a yellow curry and a Thai chicken salad.

Dessert

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To finish the meal with yellow desserts, we had lemongrass parfait with pineapple salsa, and lemon brownies.

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

Geometric Shapes Theme

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

P Fruits Theme - Entre

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

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

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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.