Do you like how I authoritatively state that in the title? How to do it. As if I could tell you anything about menu planning. Surely you all know that you do the following steps :-
- Check any food allergies with your guests. Be prepared for lots of ‘oh I am not allergic to anything but I don’t eat wheat / gluten / milk / cheese / fruit / brocolli / random normal things. Also be prepared for those who state that they are vegetarian, but eat fish and chicken (no, really, definitions are not for everyone).
- Roll your eyes and draw up a document with 3 columns – entitle them, starters, mains, desserts.
- In each column write down your various chosen recipes with the prep time in minutes next to it.
- Then, it’s decision time – how much do you love your friends or how much time are you willing to spend cooking for them?
- I always choose a main course first – so take a pen and closing your eyes, wave your hand over the main courses and select one. Circle that one.
- Check out the prep time for starters & desserts. If it’s a lot of work, choose easier starters & desserts.
Obviously these instructions are entirely on a practical level and you’d probably want to do such checks as –
- don’t serve pastry for every course (my failing)
- try and have a theme – so perhaps not a spanish starter and a thai main course. It can jar the taste buds a little.
- Serve quite a lot of alcohol. This means that everyone appreciates your food and enjoys your company. It’s a winner.