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

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This meal is quick, easy and quite healthy as well. Pork, yam mash and veggies are a good way to hit all the food groups and not feel guilty about how good it tastes. What more could you ask for?

Ingredients:

1) Pork
2) 1 large potato
3) 1 sweet potato
4) 1 onion
5) A handful of green beans
6) 1 head of broccoli
7) Butter
8) Milk
9) Salt n Pepper

First step in creating this dish is to peel the potato and sweet potato and cut them into smaller pieces. Once cut, add them to a pot of boiling water where they will take 20 minutes to cook. Season your pork up with salt and pepper on both sides then add to frying pan on medium heat (7-8 minutes per side). Add cut up onions to the frying pan and cook them for a total of 10 minutes. At this time you may also add your cut up broccoli and green beans into the pot of boiling water, which will take 10 minutes as well. Once vegetables are cooked plate them along with the pork and onions. Finally take a tablespoon of butter along with 1-2 tablespoons of milk and add it to your potato and sweet potato. Mash all of it together, adding salt and pepper to taste. The good news with this dish is that at least sweet potato mash is better for you than regular mash! You are now ready to dig in.

Enjoy your meal 🙂

Carly Jensen xo

Food Credit – Nick Thompson