The Belly Rules The Mind…

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Ingredients for (and reflections upon) an evening of contemporary cuisines and cocktails for 17 people:

So the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is upon us and we all know what that means… PARTIES! Well, this past weekend my apartment played host to an occasion that has been a long want of mine. Is there anything better than to share a drink or two with good friends whilst chowing down on some festive fare? I think not! Can anything make it better? Try adding a friend who also shares a slightly obsessive passion for food to add to the enjoyment of planning and preparation!

 

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Regimenting the menu:

When doing something this size, with two people working around an oven that would fit in most children’s doll’s houses, it takes a bit of planning to smoothly sequence the evening. Fortunately I think that our combined cooking methodologies were complimentary rather than confrontational. It was certainly more of ‘many hands make light work’ than ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’! It was both an amazing day of preparation and fantastic evening of binging!

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Sequence as follows:

  • Cook desserts first and allow to cool
  • Prep pork, aubergine and pumpkin
  • Prep sandwiches and yorkshire puddings
  • Cook pumpkin empty and fill once cool
  • Cook yorkies and serve canapés when ready
  • Put pork in oven
  • Eat drink and be merry
  • Pull pork out to rest when cooked
  • Put pumpkin and aubergine in oven and wilt spinach
  • Carve pork, assemble and serve
  • Eat, drink and be merry…again
  • Relax knowing the desserts can be put out whenever they are needed!
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