For a couple of years, my friend and I have been making dinners for his and my family. We started one year because we both love cooking/baking and we thought it’d be a fun thing to do. Our set-out has been standard for the past 7 dinners: pick a theme, find a day to organise, decided on a three course meal plus drinks that work with the theme and then start cooking really early because we do want to feed everyone before 11pm (last time we spent 7 hours in the kitchen).
We sometimes fight, and yell and there’s always laughing. Our food doesn’t always work (there’s been spectacular fails, like the time when the creme brulee we made was both under cooked and burnt).
But this time, what with holidays being quite busy (both his side and mine – what with me filming my media film), we changed a few things: we stuck with choosing a theme (Four Seasons), but we did a lunch instead of a dinner and we planned it over Google Docs instead of face to face, which was a struggle!
But we figured it out eventually, and came up with the following food:
Entree: Puff pastry cones filled with egg dip (summer)
Main: Chermoula chicken on a bed of lentils (winter)
Dessert: Donuts with glaze and caramel sauce (Spring)
Drinks: Iced chai and iced apple and mint (autumn).
Our other themes have included:
– Countries, where each course was a different country
– Alice in Wonderland, where our dessert tasting plate was an absolute disaster, with the brandy snaps not working, everyone getting approximately 1/8th of a crepe, because the rest weren’t working, the green cracklets tasting good, but looking gross, and the meringues actually working well.
– Movies, where we made our own spaghetti (a la Lady and the Tramp)
– Beach, where we made super cute clam biscuits
– The Oscars, where our entree was chickpeas with cheese that was served to look like popcorn
– ‘Weird and Wonderful’, where we made our own chocolates!
This is dinner number 8, and for the 10th one, we plan on remaking all the super failed and super good dishes again.