Four Seasons||our ‘restaurant’

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).

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The table was a mixture of the seasons: the grey tablecloth to represent winter, the red plates and yellow serviettes to represent summer and the leaves and flowers for autumn and spring

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These are the puff pastry cones filled with egg

This is the chermoula chicken (which was so so good), with lentils, tomatoes and leeks

This is the chermoula chicken (which was so so good), with lentils, tomatoes and leeks

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The donuts that I made!! (before and after)

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It looks kinda weird here, but this is the apple and mint iced tea that we made. It actually tasted better than I thought it would!

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

'Popcorn' in the top left; fish parcel top right; chocolate pudding bottom left; ravioli bottom right

‘Popcorn’ in the top left; salmond with noodles and broth top right; chocolate pudding bottom left; ravioli bottom right

– ‘Weird and Wonderful’, where we made our own chocolates!

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(The editor I use does not seem to like Instagram photos, so it;’s weirdly cut) But the top left are our chocolates! Next to them is our (failed) bombe alaska, and the bottom right is our fish parcel

This is dinner number 8, and for the 10th one, we plan on remaking all the super failed and super good dishes again.

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