Around a month ago, I came up with the idea for me and a few friends to each host our own "Come Dine with Me" style evening, and the weekend before last I hosted the first evening, "Come Dine with Jenni."
Flattened Salmon fishcakes on a bed of spinach and toasted pine nuts, as the starter.
An unbelievably easy meal to cook, and in a bigger quantity, could be served as a main.
400g cooked salmon-flaked, 1tbsp mayonnaise, 1tsp dijon mustard, a handful of chopped parsley, 1 egg, olive oil.
Mix all the ingredients together, bar the egg and oil. Shape the mixture into balls and flatten them down to look like an American pancake. Leave to set in the fridge for 20-30 mins. Beat the egg and brush each side with it.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the cakes for 2 minutes on each side, until they are lovely and crispy.
For the main, I served a Parma Ham risotto, which I have previously blogged about.
For dessert, I made Eton Mess with a raspberry and blueberry coulis with whipped cream.
Again, an easy dish to make for a dinner party as it can all be prepared earlier.
I home-made the meringues, but if under pressure can be shop bought.
Serves 4 (but makes extra):
Meringues: 5 large egg whites, 300g golden caster sugar, 1 pinch of salt.
Coulis: 400g raspberries, 400g blueberries.
Other: 300ml whipping cream, 50g plain chocolate-melted.
Preheat the oven to 140C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually mix in the sugar and salt and whisk well until the mixture is the and seems like 'Mr. Whippy' ice-cream. Spoon the mixture into blobs on the baking tray leaving a generous gap between each. Bake for 1 hour.
For the coulis, blend 300g raspberries with 300g blueberries and a tablespoon of caster sugar.
Upon serving, whip 300ml whipping cream. Place the meringue into the bowl first top with whipped cream, then pour a little coulis, add remaining berries and finalise with a trickle of melted chocolate, placing everything equally for each.
We finished the evening with a girly sleepover to finish a beautiful summers day!
Love Jenni xxx