A Delightful Dinner Party

Firstly, let me apologise for my long absence from WordPress – it has been one of those times when there just seems so much to do that baking, and consequently blogging, have taken a back seat. It has been a time of both good things and sad things but I am back now and ready to bake! As I write this there are earl grey cupcakes baking in the oven (see my next post for photos!) and I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things.

This long-awaited post is about the dinner party I had quite a while ago now but I have the photos and the time now to do the post justice.

I posted a while back about the menu I was going to cook for a dinner party for the lovely girls I work with – and I have to say it was the smoothest, tastiest bit of cooking I have ever done…not to blow my own trumpet but I was pretty pleased with myself!

I altered the menu slightly, changing the soup from spiced carrot & lentil to a creamy, roasted butternut squash and sweet red pepper soup, but the rest of the menu remained the same: roast chicken breast stuffed with marscapone and home-made pesto, rolled in breadcrumbs, served with roast potatoes and vine tomatoes, followed by white chocolate and cranberry cheesecake and strawberry daiquiri cupcakes.

I prepped the soup the night before, giving myself more time the next day to have a bit of a lie in before making the rest of the dinner!

Our flat is quite small for dinner for 6 people so it was a cosy evening, but the food was tasty and the conversation hilarious so it was an all round success!

Pink lemonade cocktail

Home-made bread rolls

Butternut squash soup, with pumpkin seeds, crispy bacon and creme fraiche

Crispy breadcrumb coated chicken stuffed with pesto and marscapone, roast potatoes and roast tomatoes

White chocolate and cranberry cheesecake 

Strawberry daiquiri cupcakes