Mr ‘tato coming to town! – Miss J
Trying to prepare a gourmet meal whilst also juggling school pick-ups, work deadlines and a hectic social diary may seem impossible. However, if you have a dinner party on the cards or a few friends joining you for supper on a weeknight, cooking up a storm is a must.
Choosing a good, hearty dish and one that will feed a large number of people is always a good idea. The likes of lasagne, a robust chicken pie or a casserole are all good options – guaranteed to feed an abundance of hungry mouths.
If you have a slow cooker, preparing the ingredients the evening before and popping them into cook in the morning will guarantee a ready-made meal when you walk through the door.
If catering to friends and family it’s wise to enquire about their food likes and dislikes. There is little point putting effort into a meat lasagne when half of the party are vegetarian and the others aren’t too keen on cheese!
Having a selection of tasty sides stocked up in the freezer and fridge is always a good idea too. If you don’t already have these at hand, looking into the latest offerings from McCain is a great option.
From jacket potatoes and oven chips to roast potatoes and fries, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit all.
If you have more time in the morning than in the evening, setting the table before you leave for work is a wise idea and one that will give you a little time to yourself prior to your guests arriving.
If not, allowing the children to complete this task for you is another good option.
Although lasagnes, casseroles and chicken pies can be quite filling, many will always have room for dessert. Choosing something a little lighter such as an iced sweet or a selection of sorbets is a welcome treat, especially after devouring a heavy meal.
If you’re not a dessert person, having a selection of cheeses at hand is another easy-to-prepare option and one that requires little effort providing you remember to purchase the cheeses before the event.
If you’re organised, eating in can be just as much fun as eating out and those that can should certainly make time for regular sit-down meals with a selection of family and friends.
Entertaining is a great way to socialise whilst making time for a good solid meal.
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