Dinner club – the 70s spectacular – including spam fritters, kievs and vol-au-vents


It started really well. I was left alone to prep and cook for some of the afternoon and all of the evening. Liz, Simon and Matt went to the pub to give me some space. In hindsight, this was not ideal.

They all arrived about 8ish and as the good hostess, I immediately made Liz make everyone a campari and soda. It appears that I am the only person who actually like campari unfortunately.

Campari and soda

Campari and soda

The cat really liked the umbrellas however.

Umbrella stalking

Umbrella stalking

And as the good 70s hostess, I also immediately offered my guests some canapes. Spicy mushroom vol au vents with a little sour cream on top. I needed some parsley but my helpful guest who was to be bringing such things failed.

Paprika mushroom canapes

Paprika mushroom canapes

The Ready Steady Cook aspect

I got stitched up properly here. Our starters are supposed to be a challenge where the rest of the team bring 5 random ingredients for a starter. Unfortunately, because my so-called friends had been to the pub, they didn’t realise that they would have to eat the bloody things. So they brought me SPAM, tinned spinach, a melon and some walnuts.

I present you with Spam fritters, caramelised walnuts, melon and some creamed spinach. I hated it all. Everyone else polished off their plates. I still have a tin of Spam in my cupboard and I would like it gone. Leave a comment if you’d like it…

Spam fitters, melon, creamed spinach and caramelised walnuts

Spam fitters, melon, creamed spinach and caramelised walnuts

Main course!

I think I am a new fan of chicken kiev. I’ve always liked the cheap supermarket ones but OMG! the homemade ones are amazing. This was a Simon Rimmer recipe and I stuffed the chicken with lemon, tarragon, garlic and butter. I added hassleback potatoes (excellent really, lots of crispy bits!) and peas and bacon (not sure on this) and some glazed carrots (slightly overcooked but very rich and tasty)

Chicken kiev, peas&bacon, glazed carrots & hassleback potatoes

Chicken kiev, peas&bacon, glazed carrots & hassleback potatoes

 Dessert

I have always liked an over the top cake but this was just totally delicious. Black Forest Gateaux is totally over the top. Chocolate cake, soaked in Kirsch and cherry juice. Stuffed with cream and black cherries.

Naked cake

Naked cake

Iced cake

Iced cake

Coffees

What seventies party would be complete without some Tia Maria coffees?

Tia Maria coffees

Tia Maria coffees

 

I then passed out once the guests had left and spent almost 3 hours in the morning doing the washing up. Awesome food. I totally love a bit of the seventies.