My first supper club has come and gone, hopefully leaving all the guests feeling like they couldn’t eat another bite, but leaving me hungry for another and another and another wonderful event where I can cook great food for people and watch them mingling and enjoying the company of their fellow diners. The next opportunity is already booked into the calendar and the preparation is well underway.
If any of you have read the disclaimer on my Drink page, you’ll know that I don’t claim to know anything about wine. That being said, we drink a fair bit of the stuff and I’m always eager for wine recommendations that I can easily find (i.e. wines carried in the major supermarkets as we don’t have a Majestic or Oddbins anywhere nearby – and don’t even talk to me about BevMo, the nearest one is approximately 5,000 miles door to door). This doesn’t mean I’m after mass-produced £3 bottles of plonk, there are surprisingly good wines available in the likes of Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl and Aldi and those are what this post is all about.
There are three things you want from party food: You want it to be easy to prepare (ideally make ahead), affordable and delicious. Below is a selection of recipes posted on A Crust Eaten over 2013, each of which would make great additions to your holiday party table.
No matter what season it is, we find some way, some how to make citrus a vital part of that season’s identity. In the summer it’s grapefruit in salads, lemonade, oranges and limes plonked in cocktails and innumerable sorbets and granitas. In the winter it’s dried oranges on the tree, mulled wine flavored with fresh citrus and, my personal favorite, curd.
As Christmas is less than two weeks away, A Crust Eaten will be getting in the Christmas spirit this week with some incredible edibles you can make to share or gift this holiday season. There are a couple of things I make each year, chocolate chip cookies and lemon curd come to mind, but this year I wanted to try something new.
It’s merely days away now. That day that Brits look upon with such confusion − and secret envy. ‘So, it’s just like Christmas, right?’ Not really. ‘Do you give presents?’ No. ‘What’s the point of it?’ Ugh…