Almost two month ago to the day, the BF and I opened our home to a housewarming this past Saturday. We had about 20 guests come from 3pm onwards, and by the minimal food and drink leftover, they seemed to have had a great time! I wanted to share a photo rich post of everything we cooked.
Interestingly, I get entertaining anxiety. I’m always worried the gluten free lactose free vegan who can’t eat onion will starve! (Or some other unthought of combination) Of course, they don’t. And I also worry NO ONE will show up to events I plan. It might seem irrational, but it has happened once, and another time someone has maliciously planned an event simultaneously and invited the same guests… Nonetheless, sometimes I bite the bullet and invite one and all, and bake to my heart’s content!
So here’s what we ended up serving:
- Veggie sticks with garlic dip (trying to keep it healthy!)
- Zucchini slice (from a colleague, who gave me the recipe last housewarming)
- Tomato & feta skewers
- Taco cups (thank you Pinterest!)
- Spinach and ricotta triangles
The spinach triangles used up some spinach and shortcrust pastry from the freezer and some marked down ricotta. Sadly made WAY more mixture than I had pastry for! And they got eaten before I thought to photo graph them
- Choc chip cookies (2B pencil has the best recipe… when you follow it which I didn’t!)
- Gluten free brownies (I share my awesome recipe in this post)
- Lemon and polenta drizzle cake (thank you Nigella!)
- Fruit skewers
- Apple pies (again, thanks to pinterest and people experiencing fall raving about apples!)
So, I didn’t have quite enough butter on hand for the cookies, so I ran a spreadsheet and proportioned everything (yes, getting weights of ingredients equivalent to cup measures and EVERYTHING!) Then, I doubled the eggs, one of the last steps. And seeing I was out of butter… So I just loaded more sugar and flour and choc chips in, and essentially ruined two sheets worth of cookies. They are for the BF’s snacking enjoyment. This batch worked out better after refrigerating the dough (in disgust) and then trying again.
Sadly forgot to take a photo of the lemon drizzle cake (also gluten free), but I wasn’t watching the lemon juice and icing sugar on the stove, and it ended up gloopy. After straining it, I still poured it over the cake. It didn’t work like usual, but it still was tasty!
On Wednesday, I’ll post about how I tried to stay to being ‘zero waste’ whilst entertaining, and I’ll weigh my landfill rubbish to see how I went.
What are your go to recipes when entertaining or taking a plate to a party?