Speaking of Mothers….

My daughter is currently in her third year at University and I was talking with her on the phone the other day when she asked me for some advice. She had to cook a dinner party for eight people for a birthday celebration. She asked me what would be good for her to cook for that number of people. She has not had to cook for eight people before and usually only cooks for herself or perhaps for her flatmate as well. Oh, and the other thing that I needed to take in to account was the fact that her budget was limited – understandable being a student!!!! So what was my advice?  To get out her copy of Simply 3 – 5 and make the following: the Classic French Onion and Creamy Thai dips with the Spicy Pitta Crisps as nibbles to have ready for when everyone arrives. These can all be made ahead of time taking away the stress of trying to make too many recipes at the same time. I suggested that she follow that with the main course being Creamy Roasted Pepper Pasta Sauce using her pasta of choice. She would need to cook this whilst she had her guests there, but the recipe is so simple that she would be able to manage that really well. Also, very good for the budget! Finally, the Shortcake Apple Crumble. Another recipe that she could prepare a little ahead of time and then pop in the oven 30 minutes before she needed dessert. Lovely served with ice cream or plain whipped cream.  There you have it…. a simple budget friendly three course meal suitable for anyone. By the way, I had another phone call today….it all went really well for her and all of her guests were suitably impressed!

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