crowd pleasers
recipes. tips. photos & random good stuff
sophie gilliatt and katherine westwood are the dinner ladies. we love to cook food that makes people happy - and want to share what we know about stress-free cooking.
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Thursday 03 December 2015
To those who've asked for one last superfoods salad for the year we apologise. We just couldn't squeeze one more damn thing in. But here's the next best thing - the recipe! Teach a man to fish...
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/16/superfoods-salad
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Sunday 04 October 2015
Gingerbread stars are great to make at Christmas time - you can use them as gifts, or as homemade decorations for the tree. If you have bought a Dinner Ladies gingerbread kit, ignore everything until "Now roll out your dough..."
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/15/christmas-baking
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Friday 18 September 2015
This gingerbread house is not for the faint hearted, but wonderful to have a go at. Even if it isn't a total success, disasters are usually more memorable! If you have bought a Dinner Ladies gingerbread kit, ignore the parts of the recipe for making dough and icing.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/14/gingerbread-house
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Wednesday 06 May 2015
We're cooking a paella this week and it's such a happy, festive dish for a crowd that it calls for a Spanish theme to run through dinner. I'm always one for the easy option, particularly when friends come over. I admire but don't quite understand those who try out their most laborious and experimental cooking on guests. Tricksy, weird stuff? That's what my family's for, on sober evenings, when I have my wits about me, not socially stressed and a couple of finos worse for wear. So if I was thinking a dinner with a paella as the main event, I'd keep the bits beforehand very simple: some slices of jamon, a bowl of warmed olives, maybe a few roasted almonds and always some crudites dipped in romesco, that wonderfully versatile and piquant Spanish sauce.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/13/a-vibrant-piquant-pepper-and-nut-sauce-for-seafood-steak-or-vegetables
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Tuesday 24 February 2015
I have a wasteful habit of buying just a little bit more than I need. I go to the shop, I intend to buy two bulbs of fennel, I have a rush of spendthrift blood to the brain, I buy three. Home again, my ancestral Scottish frugality asserts its ginger head, I cook two. This, for the mathematically disinclined, leaves one. The result is not that I have just one sad fennel bulb but a whole fridge full of lonely vegetables, friendless and destined -
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/12/quick-vegetable-pickles
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