During the early days of the pandemic shutdown, a few groups of friends of mine began a regular Zoom chat. More than five months later, these groups have remained strong. Some of these calls are centred around a focus question. This past Tuesday, the topic was:
If the group of us were arriving (without our husbands) to your house for dinner, what would you serve?
**The extra significance here is that many of us live continents apart.
As usual, the results were incredibly diverse and creative. Amongst a vast array of delectable dishes, offerings included: Damper cooked around the campfire, Nougat Cheesecake with Toblerone Ganache and an endless spread of small platters, including pull-apart lamb, served in a sun-drenched outdoor setting with champagne poured throughout (because everything goes better with bubbles). Our dinners also included a full-senses restaurant meal on a balcony overlooking the harbour in Victoria, BC and an all-excursions paid feast by a private chef in Australia (after a fantasy lottery win, of course).
My contribution was a compilation of dishes that I have served numerous times before. My focus was on recipes that could be prepared well in advance, looked more complicated than they actually were and allowed me maximum time with company (I have major FOMO). Here’s the menu that I offered:
I decided to actually prepare most of this meal. Richard was the lucky IRL recipient. A great conversation with friends…and that evening’s dinner done…win-win!
As a bonus, many of us shared our recipes (which was the secret goal behind the question). You can find some of them here: Campfire Damper, Sheet Pan Salmon, Winter Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette, 3-Step Mini Oreo Cheesecakes, Baked Nougat Cheesecake.
If you were to host a virtual dinner, what would you serve? Bonus points for including a recipe link!