So the deal is- each month, one of the four of us hosts a dinner, and we can bring a +1 - 'someone new' to the group. A theme is set and everyone is allocated a course to bring. The idea with bringing someone new is because it lets us have the chance to meet significant other friends in our friend's lives. We all went to boarding school/college together, so have gone from the full on living together and knowing every single thing about each other, to being so busy in our daily lives, we see each other rarely.
This month's theme was Italian. Jemima was on entree, Kristina on Main, I was on Dessert and Lauren was on Wine. I cooked my dessert earlier in the day as I knew kitchen space would be at a minimum once I got there, and went over a little bit early to set up.
The table was set beautifully, and I'm sorry I didn't get a better shot.
Jemima sourced inspiration for her entree from Jamie. Jemimes doesn't cook very often but did a super job! Bruschetta done three ways; tomato and basil, eggplant, theme and parsley, and mushroom and chilli and all were really lovely.
We were expecting big things from Kristina as she is Italian and has been making gnocci since she was a little tot. She didn't disappoint and although we did have a little malfunction with the gnocci becoming a bit sticky due to the temperature in the kitchen, after a bit of re-rolling all was set. In true Italian style, Kristina prepared enough gnocci to feed about 15 people so she is going to be eating left overs for about a week. I should tell have taken some with me. You'll be pleased to know that Kristina is going to do a 'global gastronomy gal' segment for me very soon in which I'm hoping she will give us the secret recipe for her gnocci as the pillows were light and fluffy and just generally awesome.
Of course, to go with the gnocci, classic bolognese was a perfect match. When I arrived at the house, I was excited to see that the pot had been bubbling away for hours and the smell had permeated into the hallway.
Check out the splatters on the wall. So much love!!!
Having eaten a massive serve of the gnocci and drinking some wine, and a few sneaky G and T's I was almost too full to eat dessert.