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    • xxvickixx
    • By xxvickixx 23rd Feb 09, 1:44 PM
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    Around the World in 80 dinner parties - Ideas please.
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 1:44 PM
    Around the World in 80 dinner parties - Ideas please. 23rd Feb 09 at 1:44 PM
    My neighbour and I take turns to host a dinner party with a different countries cuisine each time.

    So far there has been:

    Moroccan - Me
    Chinese - Her
    Indian - Me
    French - Her
    Italian has already been bagsied for the summer by the neighbour!

    It is my turn March and I have used all my trump cards!

    I don't eat fish of any kind, I am willing to spend a little more than usual but it is a three course meal for 4 + 2 babies! with a max spend of 15, so I don't want really expensive ingredients.

    My only thought at the moment is go Greek and Mousakka for the main but don't know about pudding or starter.

    I'd love to come up with something really original.

    Thanks as always x
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    • spendingmad
    • By spendingmad 23rd Feb 09, 1:58 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 1:58 PM
    How about English! Soup/ Roast Beef Yorkies/ Treacle Sponge and Custard yum yum

    Or go Greek and do a Feta Salad to start and Baklava for desert

    Aussie and do a BBQ (I love winter Barbies!) although could be expensive with large meat elements

    African and do Ostrich meat/kudu etc although not sure on starters/pudding

    American - Burgers and Fries and Sundae for desert

    caribbean - goat curry/jerk chicken etc try ths website http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/recipes/main.asp

    HTH's
    Last edited by spendingmad; 23-02-2009 at 2:02 PM.
    • NoahsPennilessMummy
    • By NoahsPennilessMummy 23rd Feb 09, 2:08 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 2:08 PM
    how about Spanish?

    Gazpacho or Pan con tomate for starters/ or a tapas dish you all like

    chickpea and chorizo stew/ chicken paella for main with bread and salad (or i have a lovely spanish chorizo pasta dish)

    creme catalana or churros and chocolate for dessert
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  • rachbc
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 2:11 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 2:11 PM
    Thai - green chicken curry and coconut something for pud?
    Belgium - moules frites (do you eat seafood that isn't fish?) and waffles for pud
    Spain - tapas or paella
    • xxvickixx
    • By xxvickixx 23rd Feb 09, 2:19 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 2:19 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 2:19 PM
    Good ideas, I was really struggling on this months and wondered if we would make it to the end of the year!

    I have a phobia of eating fish at all, even if it is hidden, like no Woucestershire sauce. I can't eat Thai unless I have made it from scratch because of the fish sauce.

    I'm also a bit squeamish about eating unusual meat, just chicken, pork, beef and lamb for me I'm afraid. I know it sounds terribly boring, I put it down to my Mum surprising us at the end of the meal with things like "you know the stew you've just eaten, well it was reindeer!". She used to do this quite a bit when Tesco went through an experimental period in the early to mid 90's. The yellow sticker cabinets were full of crazy stuff!
    • NoahsPennilessMummy
    • By NoahsPennilessMummy 23rd Feb 09, 2:20 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 2:20 PM
    irish?

    potato soup for starters with soda bread

    irish stew/ dublin coddle for main with champ or colcannon

    baileys choc cheesecake or guiness cake for dessert
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    • NoahsPennilessMummy
    • By NoahsPennilessMummy 23rd Feb 09, 2:28 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 09, 2:28 PM
    how about scottish

    scotch broth

    Haggis,neeps and tatties/ mince and tatties/

    cranachan/ deep fried mars bars/clootie dumpling/tipsie laird


    am sure some scottish or irish people will come on with better ideas.....i was just trying to think of some obvious foods
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 23rd Feb 09, 2:31 PM
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    Swiss - fondue followed by apple strudel (or swiss roll lol).
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


    • NoahsPennilessMummy
    • By NoahsPennilessMummy 23rd Feb 09, 2:38 PM
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    south american

    corn cakes with chilli and coriander relish

    steak with chimichurri salsa

    maracuya mousse( passion fruit) or postre de manzana ( apple slices)
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    • NoahsPennilessMummy
    • By NoahsPennilessMummy 23rd Feb 09, 2:44 PM
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    you could also have menus from germany,poland,sweden, denmark,turkey,portugal,middle east,mexico, malaysia.......am sure I could come up with some food from here if you needed to know....have lived in a few latin american/mediterranean places
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  • champys
    What a fun game! It will get more and more interesting as you move into less obvious cuisines....
    How about Swiss, with fondue or raclette or rosti etc? Or Hungarian with goulash and stuffed pancakes for dessert? Mexican should be quite easy too: apparently almond flan is a typical pudding there, and you could have nachos baked over with cheese for starters - or something avocado..... I can think of lots of others, German, Indonesian, Basque. This thread will bring more, I'm sure. Good luck and let us know how you progress!
    "Remember that many of the things you have now you could once only dream of" - Epicurus
    • NoahsPennilessMummy
    • By NoahsPennilessMummy 23rd Feb 09, 2:56 PM
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    yes almond flan is very popular in spain and latin america.....indeed any kind of flan dessert......however they are different to what we think of as flan....more like creme caramel with various flavourings
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  • underlay_guru
    ...American theme?

    Burgers and Hot dogs, washed down with 4ltrs of Pepsi......
    ..then Sara Lee's 'Freshly frozen' Banoffee Pie.

    Tell them you made it all from scratch, they won't know......'he who dares wins', thats what I say.

    If they don't like it, simply chuck your toys out of the pram and await a simple apology
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 23rd Feb 09, 7:21 PM
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    Russian - blinis to start, mushroom or beef stroganoff, then apple charlotte

    Swedish - gravadlax (Hairy Bikers have a great recipe), meatballs & almond cake......you could always cheat by going to IKEA!
  • ali1972
    Hungarian? Goulash can't be that pricey to make - lots of root veg involved and loads of side dishes you can do. Plus they do some lovely looking torts and cakes for pudding...
    • starjumper
    • By starjumper 23rd Feb 09, 7:53 PM
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    OH is half Armenian and we had an Armenian dinner party a couple of months ago, with me guessing how things should be from an Armeian cookbook, him not having eaten Armenian food much so he was fairly useless.

    Started with Armenain Meze and pitta bread, mains were iman bayaldi, lamb kofta and rice pud was baklava and rum baba washed down with Armenain cognac, lovely!
  • champys
    OH is half Armenian and we had an Armenian dinner party a couple of months ago, with me guessing how things should be from an Armeian cookbook, him not having eaten Armenian food much so he was fairly useless.

    Started with Armenain Meze and pitta bread, mains were iman bayaldi, lamb kofta and rice pud was baklava and rum baba washed down with Armenain cognac, lovely!
    Originally posted by starjumper
    oh starjumper - can you recommend an Armenian cookery book? I adore both Armenian and Georgian food, but recipes are hard to come by..... the cuisine is so rich and diverse. I tried to get a title I had borrowed from the library before via Amazon, but it ended up being out of print. Thanks in advance!
    "Remember that many of the things you have now you could once only dream of" - Epicurus
    • icecubequeen
    • By icecubequeen 23rd Feb 09, 9:01 PM
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    Gotta be Mexican!!

    Tacos, chilli con carnie, fajhitas, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, quesidillas.....

    all yummy!!!!!!


  • justpeyton4now
    ...American theme?

    Burgers and Hot dogs, washed down with 4ltrs of Pepsi......
    ..then Sara Lee's 'Freshly frozen' Banoffee Pie.

    Tell them you made it all from scratch, they won't know......'he who dares wins', thats what I say.

    If they don't like it, simply chuck your toys out of the pram and await a simple apology
    Originally posted by underlay_guru
    I hate to burst your bubble, but with hot dogs and hamburgers, those of us from the usa would need at least 4 - 2 ltr bottles of pepsi. And we don't have banoffee pie.

    A very easy typical american meal (at least in the south,) that's fairly inexpensive. Fried chicken, mash, milk gravy, green beans with bacon in for flavouring, sweet corn/corn on the cob.. American biscuits (similar to plain scones) Afters, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, lemon meringue pie, choc meringue pie, any cake etc etc etc.

    You could also do BBQ ribs, seasoned up baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, maybe some deviled eggs for more of a summer type menu. Afters, any of the above or a nice fruit salad..

    For family type meals, many don't do a starter unless it's a special occassion.

    HTH

    Peyton xx
    Last edited by justpeyton4now; 23-02-2009 at 9:24 PM. Reason: speaking "typo-nese" again
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  • justpeyton4now
    Mexican would be nice and it's very inexpensive. Starter, tortilla chips heated up in oven with fresh salsa. Main, beef and chicken fajitas with fried peppers and onions, refried beans and spicy rice. Also sour cream and guacamole for topping the fajitas. Dessert, sopapillas drizzled with honey.

    Now I'm craving my fave mexican restaurant.
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    Even if you cannot see the whole staircase,
    Just take the first step.
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