Dinner Parties are in style for 2015

IMG_4780 Looking for something new to do with your friends on the weekend? I got just the thing for you whether it is a special event or even just a Friday night catch up, dinner parties are your new go to. After the numerous bar nights one can tend to get a bit bored of their usual weekend routine with friends. This past New Year’s we tried something different and had a fabulous time. By having a fun dinner party at your house you get to enjoy everything from the food, company, decor and on top of that spend a lot less money then heading out to the club.

What we did was each couple had to come up with their own idea for a meal. Luckily we had 3 couples which meant one couple was assigned to appetisers, the next was the main meal and then last but not least someone had to tackle the dessert. For our dinner party we had bruschetta for an appetiser, halloumi (special type of cheese you fry), barbecue sweet chilli chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and lastly we topped it off with apple crumble, chocolate mouse and vanilla ice cream. The best part about the night was that we didn’t have to go to a restaurant to get top quality food. Everything tasted great and we had many laughs through out the night. Add some Moet and strawberries to your evening as well as pink roses for the table and then you are set to have a fun dinner party your guests will love!

Carly Jensen xo     photo 1-4 photo 3-2

Simple & Delicious – Stir Fry

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Full of colour and oozing with flavours, this dish is definitely one to please. This delicious meal can be cooked in 15 minutes tops and is probably the most flavorful dish you can get. Asian flavours make this dish a stir fry that will keep your taste buds sizzling.

Ingredients:

1) Hokkein or Singapore Noodles (Noodles of your choice)
2) Chicken Breast
3) 1 large onion
4) 1 Broccoli
5) 1 Carrot
6) Handful of Green Beans
7) Cherry Tomatoes and Peppers are optional
8) Teriyaki sauce, Kung pao sauce or some type of Asian flavouring for your dish.

For starters, cut up the chicken in bite sized pieces and start cooking it in your frying pan on the stove. Add your cut up onion and mix with chicken until chicken starts to brown. Cut up your broccoli, carrot and green beans into bite sized pieces. To make sure your vegetables are well cooked, boil them in hot water first for about 5 minutes before adding to the frying pan with the chicken and onion. Mix the chicken, and vegetables all together in the frying pan and add your sauce. Now it is time to cook your noodles by adding them to a pot of boiling hot water on the stove. Cook them in the hot water for about 3 minutes then drain water. You can then add the noodles to the frying pan and mix everything thoroughly. Another option is to put noodles on plate then add chicken and vegetables nicely on top of the noodles for a more polished look. You are welcome to garnish with sesame seeds or add some hot sauce for an extra kick!

Enjoy your meal 🙂

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Simple & Delicious

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This recipe is absolutely the best and you will be adding it to your weekly dinner routines as soon as you try it. Since I am not much of a cook I’m lucky to have my boyfriend Nick Thompson cook up lovely recipes that are all so delicious you will be wanting more. This recipe is spaghetti bolognese and was passed down to him from his mom and is a weekly tradition in our house.

Ingredients:

1) A package of ground beef
2) Can of crushed or diced tomatoes
3) 1 large onion
4) Can of tomato paste
5) Tablespoon Sugar
6) Teaspoon Nutmeg
7) Pasta of your choice (spaghetti works best)
8) Pinch of Salt n Pepper

To make this dish you must start by browning the ground beef with the onions in a frying pan until the beef is 100% cooked through. Cook the onions along with it for flavor then add the can of crushed or diced tomatoes along with the can of tomato paste. Stir all the ingredients through and then add your sugar, nutmeg and salt n pepper for flavor then mix through. Let sauce simmer for 2 hours, the longer this dish cooks the better it tastes. Continue to check on it within the 2 hours stiring every 10 minutes then cook your pasta to your liking add it to the sauce then top it off with some Parmesan or cheese of your choice. Trust me this is a dish you have to try!

Enjoy your meal 🙂

Namaste – Carly Jensen