|My home baked mini baguettes.|
I want our dinner to be wonderful tomorrow but I am proceeding with caution. The last time I hosted a dinner party one month ago I was in frantic tears in the kitchen an hour before. I've read about this phenomenon but it had never happened to me. What was different?
Well I think my menu was over-ambitious to begin with: a vegetarian feast with 5 dishes including stuffed crepes as well as my home baked mini baguettes.
My house was quite messy and so was the garden. It was the garden that sent me over the edge, it was lovely weather (not exactly reason for tears!) but when I looked outside to contemplate setting the table out-of-doors I was confronted with mess and crap everywhere, as well as weeds and grass that needed cutting. Waaaaagh!
|A close-up of the baguettes: I added dried fennel to the dough as I was also serving a fresh fennel salad.|
Finally MrBP, who was working out of town and so couldn't be blamed for this commotion, arrived home and lent me a hand and most importantly words of encouragement and praise. The dinner really did turn out quite splendid, though I have to say it left me feeling a little wobbly.
|Crepes, an old picture on an evening when I wasn't having a nervous breakdown.|
Well I think the lesson is to keep it simple and embrace the warm weather: main course salads can be prepped ahead of time and thrown together at the last minute. A cheese course can be served, buying cheese is very easy. So is buying dessert!
So here's my menu for tomorrow:
Dinner Menu To Avoid Crying
Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and Smoked Rainbow Trout
Roasted Mini Red Potato Salad with Kalamata Olives, Roasted Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
Waldorf Salad with Celery and Walnuts (My dear friend Ade is bringing this, bless her.)
Cheese Course with Crackers and Fresh Apricots
Carrot Cake with Walnuts, Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Ginger
I've already purchased everything and the cake sits in its box in the refrigerator, it looks so comforting. I bought a small box of candied ginger squares which I will sprinkle on top of the cake. I do love candied ginger.
I'll put the potatoes in to roast when we arrive home, adding in the tomatoes and olives for the last 20 minutes, the only real cooking I'll have to do. The feta gets thrown in at the last.
How do you avoid crying when you host a dinner?
Do tell, and in the meantime have a wonderful weekend.