What kind of dinner party hostess are you? This dish may well have changed my type!
A couple of weeks ago we went to a friend’s house for dinner. We generally take it in turns to catch up at each other’s place. The hostess cooks. I have always been happy with this arrangement. I love to create and cook food to share with friends. My home, my domain, my food. Yes – I am do sit on the “control freak” side of the fence!
For this catch up my friend asked if a few other friends could join our dinner and we would each contribute a couple of small dishes to share. Our regular 2 couple gathering evolved to 7 people.
Bringing a dish is obviously not a new idea. People have been contributing dishes to gatherings since ??? (forever) ??? My point is that it is new to me as part of a dinner party event. I loved it! Bonding with new and old friends over food – what is not to love?
It was fun to see what everyone created and to hear the story behind each dish. Then, of course there was the sampling of each dish… The thing that I most enjoyed about the evening was the fact that the hostess was not running around tending to the food all night. She was relaxed and got to enjoy the gathering.
Look out if you are headed to our place for dinner. Next time you will be bringing it with you!
This is a little preview of our fabulous meal:
I contributed this dish to the meal. My Chipotle Chilli Mushrooms. The smoky flavor of Chipotle is sure to hook those who have not tried it, and please those who have. An intriguing flavor that is sure to win hearts.
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil of choice
- 3 garlic cloves - chopped
- 1 and ½ tablespoons coriander roots - chopped finely
- 2 chipotle chilli in adobe sauce - chopped finely
- 700 grams mushrooms - whole
- 1 lime - zest and juice
- fresh coriander leaves
- pinch salt
- freshly ground pepper
- *Use a pan that can go from stove top to oven
- Set the oven to heat to 160 degrees
- Add the oil, garlic, coriander root, chipotle and fry for a few minutes until fragrant
- Add the mushrooms and stir to coat
- Cook for 5 minutes on the stove top
- Add the pan to the oven to cook for 15 minutes
- Remove from the oven and add the lime zest and stir
- Add the fresh coriander, salt and pepper and lime juice to serve
Do you invite friends to contribute to dinner when you catch up? Or do you like to (control) create the meal yourself ? I would love to hear in the comments below.
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