Food and Friends…..it’s always a perfect match. Food always brings people together and it never fails to bring smiles onto faces.
Preparing A Meal Can Be Stressful
But preparing a meal for friends can be quite a stressful event if you don’t know how to cook well. I remember in my early days when I didn’t really know how to cook, I would be so anxious and stressed up for days before the day arrived. Then when the event is over, I would heave a big sigh of relief that finally it was over!
Hard Work Pays Off. Blogging Helps Further
All through the years, I worked hard learning how to cook well. I am happy to say I had improved a lot and I’m still learning more. Inviting friends for a meal doesn’t frighten me as much anymore. It takes a little organization and planning. Now that I blog about food that I cook at home, it has become much easier inviting friends for a meal. I just pick and choose from my blog!
A Meal For 4 Scottish Friends
I am sharing here with you a lovely dinner that I cooked for 4 wonderful Scottish friends. Including my husband and I, it’s a dinner for 6. There are 8 dishes including fried noodles and plain rice. The fried noodles and the rice pictures are not here because they were at a side table and I forgot to take the pictures.
All the recipes can be found in the recipe section or you can just click on the red wordings to take you to the specific pages. I find them a good combination not only in taste but simple to prepare and cook.
Baked Teriyaki Salmon (marinate and bake)
You only need about 30 minutes to marinate the salmon. Bake the salmon for about 12 minutes before the dinner starts. Don’t forget to heat up the oven before that.
Chinese Roasted Chicken (marinate and bake)
Marinate at least one hour, best overnight. Bake an hour before the guests arrive. This dish is good whether hot or cold. You can also use this chicken to make wraps like what I did in Peking Chicken Wrap.
Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables
You can fry any vegetables. The common combination that I always go for are cauliflower, broccoli, red, green and yellow peppers. It gives a very nice combination of colours. You can add your favourite seasonings. I usually just use garlic or shallots and some sea salt. You can also use some oyster sauce if you like. It tastes good but gives a darker colour to the vegetables like the picture here.
Stir Fried Brandy Beef With Celery (marinate and fry)
Marinate the beef for at least an hour. Then stir fry it before the guests arrive.
Butternut Squash Curry
This curry is very easy and simple to make. You can cook it in the morning and heat up before the guests arrive.
Lemon Cake With Ice Cream And Raspberry Coulis.
Make the cake and the raspberry coulis the day before. My daughter made this. It’s one of my favourite desserts. The combination of tangy lemon cake, raspberries, the coulis and ice cream is just awesome.
Fried Noodles is simple and easy to cook. Click here for recipe.
So, to put together an Asian meal can be quite easy if you bake some and stir fry some. That’s what I often do.
Do you often invite friends over for a meal? What do you cook? How many dishes do you prepare? Do you get stressed up if you have to invite friends over for a meal? Is there any easy menu that you can recommend? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day……
‘No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.’