Friday, 10 August 2012

Family meal night - Platter

For this week's family meal night I wanted to make something light and summary, as we have had quite sunny weather for the last few days. I started with this platter, consisting of prawns, smoked salami, Thai crispy thin crackers, soft goats cheese, cheddar cheese and chutney. We had had grilled mackerel and salad, with a few a crusty baguette and a few chips. 

I made tiny parcels of prawns (in a Marie rose sauce) in a small Romaine lettuce leaf topped with half a cherry tomato and a few coriander leaves. They were perfect! So simple and really tasty -
Prawn Sauce
2-3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
Big squeeze of lemon
A dash of Tabasco
Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together, add the prawns and chill until ready to serve.
It was such a simple tea but full of flavour, and fun for once to mix and match little bits and pieces opposed to having one main dish. I still think it was such a brilliant idea to start family meal night (usually on a Thursday) as it brings the whole family together and encourages me to try all sorts of new foods. I haven't repeated the same dish twice, and always make sure we have home-made dessert of some description :)
We had the Panna Cotta from one of the below posts for pudding, which really finished the meal off perfectly. I recommend if you can find the time, to dedicate one night a week to trying new foods and making a bigger effort to cook a full meal , either for yourself, family or friends, as it is truly satisfying and a fun way of trying new ingredients!

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