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Queen of Puds

Ideas please ...?

Dinner party for friends in a couple of weeks. We have one vegetarian guest who eats fish, so doing fish baked in salt for main, & want us all to eat the same, so need to decide what best as a starter.
Have previously cooked twice baked cheese souffles & mushroom equivalents. I have also done baked peppers & baked goats cheese in various guises, & tend to avoid soup because it bores me! Was thinking of making tomato water & doing something dramatic with ravioli - but I'm just not very inspired, so need a bit of help. I also saw a recipe for halloumi parcels, served with salad etc, but can't decide whether that sounds worth doing. I have time to test drive anything I haven't made before, so any ideas gratefully received. Oh, and one guest doesn't eat fennel.

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Honey

Starter

Yummy gave us this recipe once and we all enjoyed it.

" Cucumber starter

Re: Family dinner
27 Jul 2006 10:03

I have a great starter that is so easy it doesn't really need to be done more than an hour ahead. It is Cucumber circles filled with rice and vegetables (red and yellow peppers and peas are nice and colourful) and either smoked salmon pieces or crab meat or any seafood which is bound together with a little mayonnaise and a touch of cayenne on top.

Really easy To Make –

First of all boil some rice (about enough for 2 normal portions) and then rinse in cold water, drain well and add veg, salmon, tuna, prawns or crab plus the seasoning and place to one side.
Now take a nice firm cucumber and a potato peeler. Slicing lengthways, cut firmly from one end to the other (discard the first couple as they will be too narrow), making a ribbon. Hold the cucumber and flick it around your hand to make the circle, it holds itself together and then place on a lettuce leaf on the starter plate. Fill with your rice mixture and sprinkle a little cayenne on top. Serve with a wedge of lemon and tomato if desired.

Bon Appetit,
Yummy, Brittany "

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Queen of Puds

Cucumber starter

Thanks Honey & Yummy, I like the sound of that, will test it out tomorrow ....!

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Honey

Pad Thai Noodles with Shrimps

I can recommend Delia's Pad Thai Noodles with Shrimps. I've done a smaller portion as a starter. The noodles can be done in seconds just before you serve up.

H x

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/asian/thai/pad-thai-noodles-with-shrimps.html

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tenpanyaki

Courgette fritters

As a non veggie with a hate for courgettes, I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe:

http://tinyurl.com/nhupm3w

I didn't have any dill and substituted spring onions for red (I rarely follow a recipe to the letter) and they turned out just fine. I liked the crispy texture on the outside with the soft doughy inside, especially when served on a bed of salad with a dollop of greek yoghurt.

Next time I make them I think I'll add some chilli flakes.

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tenpanyaki

Courgette fritters

As a non veggie with a hate for courgettes, I was pleasantly surprised with Michael Symon's recipe for Courgette Fritters. I can't post the recipe here but you can easily search.

I didn't have any dill and substituted spring onions for red (I rarely follow a recipe to the letter) and they turned out just fine. I liked the crispy texture on the outside with the soft doughy inside, especially when served on a bed of salad with a dollop of greek yoghurt.

Next time I make them I think I'll add some chilli flakes.

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Pan-tastic

Ideas please ....?

Hi there

before now for a mixed veggie/non veggie group, as long as fish is ok, i've made both a chicken liver and a smoked mackerel pate and served with hot toast, cornichons etc, with people choosing either or both options. It always goes down really well and if you have some real meat lovers amongst your guests, they will enjoy having a meaty option

And the other fail safe veggie option is Delia's piedmontese peppers served with warm ciabatta.

Both options prepped in advance so both very unstressful

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sam from worthing

Vegetarian starters


individual mushroom tarts.

individual cheese and onion quiche/tart/

mushroom pate.

courgette fritters served with chilli dipping sauce.

delias red onion tarte tatin.

asparagus feuillettes (oober yummy).

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Queen of Puds

Ha ah ha - plenty of ideas now!!!

What a marvellous bunch! So many ideas I have gone from completely stumped to spoilt for choice! Thanks all .... :-)

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Katrina B

Fish a Vegetable?

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Katrina B

Fish a Vegetable?


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SonyaK

Fish a Vegetable?

Obviously not!!!
But some people do eat fish and still call themselves vegetarians. I don't think they should, but they do!!
They're just not meat eaters.

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feathered

Fish a vegetable

You're a pescatarian if you eat fish but not meat.

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sam from worthing

ideas please

so what did queen of puds finally plump for? and how did it all go?

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Queen of Puds

Dinner party

Well, I tested out the halloumi parcels & they were really quite nasty, so I have consigned that recipe to the bin.

When I went through it, I initially plumped for mushroom tarts, but OH wasn't keen on a mushroom starter. I actually made the courgette fritters & we loved them, so they were almost what I went for until I spotted Delia's Roquefort tart which I hadn't seen before, so I also tested that - decision made, as it was stunning as well as straightforward. I made it in advance & warmed it through with no adverse results. I served it with rocket salad and fresh figs with raspberry dressing & Delia's walnut & raisin bread, and also some of her sage & red onion breads.

Then we had the salt baked salmon (with the lemon zest & rosemary salt) with braised little gems, spring onions & sugar snaps, new pots & baked courgettes. Then a trio of autumn puds - mini toffee apple pancakes with calvados, plum crumble, cardamom & cinnamon ice cream, then mini sticky ginger puds with the brandy & ginger wine sauce (also Delia) & some choc dipped stem ginger on the top. All in all a good evening - the salmon welded itself to the oven, so OH had to take a cleaver to it to get it out & I have to say that you can't beat taking a large cleaver to the dining table either - it all looks quite dramatic, & is exceptionally funny when you've had a glass or two! Followed by a very salty lounge floor.

But the other ideas won't be wasted as we have a Christmas buffet planned for the same people plus others, so I will certainly be doing the smoked mackerel pate & the mushroom pate then, and I thought I'd do tiny fritters for nibbles, as I reckon I can warm them up in the oven.

Success I reckon! Ta everyone ...x

 
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