Thursday 23 March 2017

Recipes: Lilly Higgins makes cooking for groups foolproof

Lilly Higgins makes cooking for groups foolproof with this easy-to-follow menu

Lilly Higgins

Whether you're starting a Supper Club or just hosting a dinner party, the situation is always the same: a group of hungry people are looking forward to descending on your home.

For many people this means that it's time to panic. However, it's a lot more empowering to gather some cookbooks, make a cup of tea, sit down and plan your menu!

Start with two or three simple courses that you're comfortable cooking.

Try them out the week beforehand and you'll be confident and problem-free on the night. It's nice to serve dishes such as gazpacho, as people don't usually make it at home so it has a great novelty value, and is a brilliant prepare-ahead starter for you.

It's always good to have a loose theme to your menu. The courses must all flow smoothly and combine to create an edible picture. An evening of Asian soup, French stew and chilled fruit salad would be odd and disjointed, but keeping it vaguely Mediterranean, for example, will result in a much better eating experience.

Start with one recipe that is a show-stopper and that you'd enjoy cooking, such as the paella. Build the rest of your menu plan around this and you can't go wrong.

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