This blog is not written by, or for, those who delight in creating gourmet dinners. I am a sociable creature though and like to get together with friends.
My favourite solution is to plan for grazing. Shared food is sociable, people can move about and mingle and all you really need is a few core dishes then little ‘asides’.
The foundations for me are hummus and flatbread. Then, if I can get them, I will add fresh carrots and celery cut into sticks. Gherkins cut lengthways, a jar of sundried tomatoes, olives, nuts.
If the crowd is a little larger I add in a couple of other dips, red bean dip and Tzatziki, some crisps and crackers. Usually people will bring along a dish to share so there is always more than enough to eat.
Open the tin of kidney beans and rinse in fresh water. Place in blending jug. Add sachet of tomato paste, a generous portion of herbs and two teaspoons of Worcester sauce. Blend to a fine paste. Use the spatula to place in a serving dish.