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Recipes: Lilly Higgins has a warming menu to take the chill out of your autumn dinner parties

Lilly Higgins has a warming menu to take the chill out of your autumn dinner parties

Published 16/10/2011 | 09:53

I always think the best way to start a dinner party or supper is with a drink in hand and the promise of great food. I always serve a drink straight away and don't mind prepping starters as people are chatting and settling in at their table.

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My biggest fear is to arrive at someone's house for dinner only to find that they are only beginning to prepare for the evening ahead. A confident host and the smell of something cooking is so reassuring.



This menu is designed to bring people in from the cold outdoors and comfort them. The tempura is crisp, hot and extremely moreish; you can fry these and place platters full on the table for your guests to share.



The main course is the ultimate in comfort food, a slow-cooked stew made using beef shin and bursting with gutsy flavour. I love this with mashed potato, but an alternative would be mashed sweet potato and squash with some nutmeg or cinnamon added to spice it up.



After the heavy stew, I like to serve a simple dessert of fresh apples slices with toffee sauce. It's lovely to get as many different apples as you can. You can prepare the sauce ahead of time and gently heat before serving with the apples. Autumn food at its best.



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