Home' LOTL : Jan 12 Contents Dear Ladywood and Domestic Duchess,
My girlfriend has asked her parents over for dinner
to meet me “properly”. They are from out of town
and don’t like to dine out. I’m not a confident cook
and my girlfriend is even worse than me. We live
on takeaway pizza and the like. Apart from being
nervous that I’m not good enough for them, I really
want to make a nice meal. Help! Saffy
LW: The kitchen virgin...mmm, these are
treacherous waters. But you want to impress, I
get it. It is stressful enough just meeting the in-
laws, let alone cooking for them.
DD: If the cook is tense then ever yone feels
uncomfortable. It’s eas y for me to say, as I cook
professionally, but try and choose something
simple so that you can sit with the potential in-
laws and you can get to know each other.
LW: Yes, keep it simple. And play it safe with
the menu, including the drinks. It’s so tempting
to have a couple of drinks beforehand to calm
the ner ves but there’s nothing worse than being
overly tipsy. Have you found out if they drink
or are teetotallers ? My parents are strict Baptists
and turn up at ever y function with a bottle of
soft drink .
DD: My family would think their throats
were slit if there wasn’t a bottle of decent white
wine available. Let’s just say they really enjoy
their co cktail hour. Everyone is different so be
prepared with their favourite drink . It will be
seen as being thoughtful.
LW: Now, back to food. If you really are not
confident in the kitchen, there is nothing wrong
with faking it (cooking , that is). Just ser ve some
cheese, olives, dip and crackers as a starter,
throw on some Italian parsley as a garnish, and
while you chat with ever yone you can pop out
to the kitchen to check on the oven. Keep the
number of people down. Just you, your girl and
the in-laws; there’s too
much pressure with too
DD: For the main
course I suggest that
prepared. For example,
Camembert and bacon
chicken bag uettes from
the deli. Just put them
in the oven on top of
baking paper, add some
extra Camembert on top
about five minutes from
the end, cut the string off
and ser ve with creamy
mashed potato es and
steamed vegies. Try and
get some height when
you present it to make it look special. Put the
potato in the middle of the plate, then the vegies
(broccolini and long carrots look great) then the
chicken on top of that. Add a hug e bit of garnish
to finish it. I ’ve included a simple sauce recipe to
pour over the top. Simple, but a winner.
LW: Sounds tasty, DD. Then set the table
with your good stuff (cloth napkins, if you
have them, sparkling glassware, fresh flowers,
candles) and you can’t go wrong . They will be
impressed that you have g one to the trouble to
do that. Finish off with a cheesecake or gourmet
dessert from a patisserie. Good luck!
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Simple Sauce for Chicken Dishes
Boil 1 cup of water
add 1 chicken stock cube.
Add 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
1 tbl sp of wholegrain mustard
1/4 cup of white wine.
Add 1⁄4 cup finely chopped red
Add 2 cups of cream.
Cook for 5 minutes to reduce a
little and pour over chicken.
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