I entertained a close group of friends tonight by throwing a four course dinner party.
With the wet and cold weather, I decided I needed warm, comforting food.
When I knew what I was going to cook, I typed up a menu and busied myself after work to get everything ready.
Antipasto & Charcuterie Platter
Garlic Prawns with Crusty Bread
I couldn't resist adding chilli flakes to make it garlic and chilli prawns! I've kept the oil that was left behind. It will be awesome to dip bread in or to even use to cook some pasta.
Beef Stew served on a bed of mashed Sweet Potato & Pumpkin
I slow cooked the beef stew in my Le Creuset french oven for about two and a half hours. It went into the oven just before my guests arrived and was ready by the time it was ready to serve the main course.
Apple & Pear Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream
I forgot that I had bought a carton of custard to serve with the crumble so I gave my guests the option of both. I had mine just with the warm custard.
We got through four courses, a bottle of sparkling, a few beers, four bottles of wine and a few rounds of tea and coffee.
First dinner party in my new house was an amazing success!