The show-stopping dinner party menu
Score points for effort and flavour with this spectacular dinner party menu. The star of the show is this special recipe from Elainea Emmott curry goat takes centre stage paired with the classic accompaniment rice and peas. This is Elainea’s attempt to do her Mum’s curry goat justice, and we think she more than achieves that! If you’ve never made curry goat before, now is the time. You will not be disappointed: the subtlety of thyme along with the hum of chilli and sweetness of coconut make this a winning dish that just gets better with time.
Finally, the dessert is a rib-sticking delight from the Hairy Bikers, their pineapple and rum sticky toffee pudding makes a fitting end to a standout meal.
The vegetarian dinner party menu
The main course in this vegetarian menu is a recipe that we think you’ll come back to again and again: it’s Ottolenghi’s curried cauliflower cheese pie a molten lake of cheesy cauliflower is surrounded with crisp filo pastry. You can easily prepare it in under half an hour too, so it’s a winner on all fronts.
To start the meal though, serve up a classic cream of mushroom soup for a simple, make-ahead starter. The hint of tarragon is the perfect pairing for the earthy mushrooms. To finish, we’ve gone for a seasonal blood orange tart: ruby oranges are encased in a buttery pastry with hazelnut frangipane and then served with cardamom cream – for a showstopper that looks as special as it tastes.
The romantic menu for two
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to share a thoughtfully-cooked meal with the one you love. And, boy, have we got a line up for you…
Start off with our cheesy scallop gratin for something that really shows you care, before moving on to a classic rib eye steak recipe. Of course, we’ve served it with super skinny oven chips – for maximum crunch – but there’s also a rich pesto hollandaise sauce that will elevate your steak-and-chips game. Finish with a self-saucing caramel lava pudding which can be made ahead and only need 10 mins prep. There’s nothing like a salted caramel Lindor to make your main squeeze feel loved.
The Pancake Day menu
Go to town on Shrove Tuesday (25 February) with three courses of pancakes! Start the day with these soufflé pancakes ready in just 15 minutes – watch them puff up to glorious heights as they cook. For mains, take a tip from the French and make gorgeous spinach, mushroom and cheese filled galettes filled. You’ll be wondering why you don’t have pancakes for dinner more often…. For pudding, only a stack of DOUBLE CHOCOLATE pancakes will do (you can make them boozy if you like, too). Frying pans at the ready…
Want more menus? We’ve got lots of ideas for a Sunday lunch, plus seasonal menus for April, May, June and beyond.
Or, go ahead and check out all our seasonal February recipes.