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Easy entertaining: Cheat’s cuisine

Your party guests have arrived and it’s all under control with this light and tasty meal you just happen to have prepared – earlier.

  • Fruit and vegetables
    1 pot fresh basil (for garnish)
    1 punnet cherry tomatoes
    1 bulb of garlic
    3 lemons (plus one for garnish)
    1 pot fresh mint
    1 bunch fresh parsley
    5 cups silver beet
    130g pack spinach
    4 medium tomatoes
  • Chilled/frozen
    1/2 cup blackcurrants
    2 x 150g pots fromage frais
    1 1/2 cups raspberries
    400g stir-fry vegetables
    3 1/2 cups low-fat natural yoghurt
  • Meat
    800g diced leg of lamb
  • Bread
    4 large or 6 mini pita breads
  • Bottled/canned
    chargrilled mushrooms
    garlic oil
    garlic purée
    16-20 mini meringues
    Morroccan spice mix
    1/4 cup pitted olives
    Peppadew diced peppers
    2 tablespoons pesto
    225g quinoa
    sun-dried tomatoes
  • Miscellaneous – check your cupboards before you add any of these items to your list
    balsamic vinegar
    castor sugar
    orange juice
    olive oil
    tomato purée
    vegetable stock

The day before

  • Marinate lamb

In the morning

  • Prepare garlic tomatoes (bruschetta)
  • Cook quinoa
  • Make up meringue crunch, chill

2 hours before

  • Prepare bruschetta
  • Thread kebabs

1 hour before

  • Finish quinoa
  • Make up warm green salad

20 minutes before serving

  • Preheat griddle of grill
  • Cook lamb, dress warm green salad
  • Prepare starter
First published: Sep 2009



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