‘Alternative’ not really in any cool sense of the word, but just a non-roast dinner sort of way. Although the following were made for a Sunday lunch, they’d work very well any other day of the week too.
Being back in London for a week called for catching up with friends and also making the most of having a free house (parents in Paris for a few days, sister in Seville visiting her boyfriend). As my friends have somewhat unpredictable schedules, a ‘drop in when you can’ lunch/dinner was decided upon. This could not be a meal that relied on precise timings. This could also not be something too meaty. We had one veggie and one non meat and non spicy and not too wheaty person as well. To cater for all tastes, the following was produced…
STICKY COCKTAIL SAUSAGES
These were based on the really yummy ones I’d eaten at a couple of RSC press nights. They didn’t taste quite the same, but were almost there. As usual, quantities are not precise…
Mix a couple of tablespoons each of honey, wholegrain mustard and orange juice. Pour over cocktail sausages. Cook for 20mins at about 200 degrees C.
SWEET CHILLI CHICKEN LEGS
I used this recipe…
Loads of tomatoes of varying colours and sizes with good lugs of olive oil, masses of salt and pepper and some basil leaves
LEON SUPERFOOD SALAD
Essentially it’s a tablespoon of quinoa per person, boil the quinoa for 15-20mins. Let it cool and then add some cooked broccoli and peas plus chopped cucumber, feta & avocado. I also stirred in some random seeds found in a jar. Dressed with lemon juice and oil.
Cooled boiled new potatoes mixed with mayo, cruched garlic, lemon juice and chives.
Eight cooked beetroots chopped into chunks; a cubed, roasted butternut squash; a small pack of walnut halves; a goat’s cheese chopped in chunks; some big handfuls of spinach; a dressing of red wine vinegar, mustard and olive oil.
This was all followed by some exceptional puddings including Greer’s tasty apple crumble and Lucy’s chocolate courgette cake.
Although we never got round to playing Articulate, Abby, Andy, Gre, Lucy, Paddy, Matt, Tadhgh, Anna and I had a blast mainly taking the piss out of our ridiculous lives, debating quinoa/keenwa, talking about tutoring, theatre and all sorts of other things. To me, food, friends and a fair bit of wine = perfect Sunday. Lovely.