The Scene: Making a normal dinner seem like a proper dinner for two. Win! This is perfect for when you don’t have time to actually prepare a 3 course dinner at all, but you still want a nicer-than-average spread for a weekday dinner. So I guess it’s not really a dinner party, but I’m going to put it here anyway, so I remember the combo.
The Starter: Woolworths Asian Vegetable Crackers. These are my new favourite chips. Just be warned, the sweet chilli flavour packs a spicy punch! They have the texture of traditional prawn crackers but they have a delicious flavor of their own, so you don’t need a dip, and you can buy them in advance. And they are Asian, which fits in with my theme. A word of advice: they are very moreish. You could easily, say, eat a whole bag by yourself quickly before going to the gym. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
The Mains: Seared Tuna with Chilli & Ginger and Veggie Fried Rice. Somehow veggie fried rice is way better than just vegetables + rice. But it’s almost as simple. Make rice as you would normally (then let it cool), and julienne the vegetables you’d like, small and fine. I often use bell peppers, onion, zucchini and/or mushrooms. Stir-fry the veggies in 1 tblsp oil until cooked, then add the cooked rice and toss for a few minutes until heated heated through. I served the veggie fried rice in a bowl and the seared tuna on a platter, drizzled with the sauce, and then we could help ourselves. It shows the tuna to its best advantage.
The Dessert: Fancy Dark Chocolate (Lindt Touch of Sea Salt). I’d recommend getting your guest to bring some, but that’s up to you. 🙂 Chocolate spring rolls would work a treat as well. Maybe next time.
The Verdict: I need to do this more often. The ‘cheat’s dinner’. It was a great combo.