How to Throw a Dinner Party With a Difference

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When planning a dinner party, you want to make yours something different – not like everyone else’s you have been to before. You could do a theme or put on food which is a bit ‘out there,’ or you could make a few simple little twists and make it a dinner party with a difference. 

 

Invite People Who Don’t Know Each Other

While many people do this anyway, it’s worth putting on this list because it’s important. Inviting people who don’t know each other to your dinner party allows for a far more interesting conversation. Instead of it just being the usual group of mates who hang out anyway, bringing people together who might not normally meet can be really fun. You might see some fantastic debates or spark some special friendships. 

 

Have Everyone Bring A Dish

It can be fun to ask people to bring something to your dinner party. This could be a pot-luck idea where you don’t know what everyone is bringing, or it could be a dish that you have told them to bring. It doesn’t even have to be a main part of the dinner but perhaps some taster dishes to show people their favorite dish or small for a starter buffet. Think aloo tikki, homemade dips, canapes, or a taster of your favorite meatballs. 

 

Cook only show-stopping dishes

Impress! Don’t go half-hearted, this dinner party is where you go all out. By show-stopping dishes, this doesn’t mean that it has to look like a Michelin starred restaurant, but what it does mean is that it has to taste amazing. Whatever you serve, make sure that it’s something you do really really well, and everyone who’s ever tried it loves it. 

 

Play Games

You’re never too old to play games, and at a dinner party, there’s no better time. It could be post-its on your head for a quick round of ‘Who Am I’ in between courses, the After Eight game once you have finished, or even cracking out the board games. There are some fabulous dinner party games out there, so have a look and see what you think would suit your crowd. 

 

Serve A Signature Cocktail

When everyone arrives, don’t ask them what they want to drink, simply serve them your signature dinner party cocktail. Make it something easy to make, something that looks cool tastes delicious and has a snappy personal name.

 

Sharing Platters

Rather than the main meal, why not serve sharing platters? This way, there’s more food for people to try, and people love the relaxed atmosphere of sharing food. It also brings people closer and is a really nice way for people to eat. 

 

Use Different Rooms of the House

It’s a really nice idea to use different rooms of the house for different things. For example, you could have one room as your reception room where you mingle and drink in the beginning. Move somewhere else to eat your dinner, and then another room could be the dessert room. Finish off in the lounge or garden or play games or have a party.

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Africa-Inspired Food Choices For A New You

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With the new year well and truly underway, many of us are fully into our body transformation plans. We want to improve the way we look AND eat more sustainable at the same time. Fortunately, those two things go hand in hand. 

 

Want to know how to remove fat without surgery? Easy: either go for non-invasive surgery or just eat right. Here are some fat-melting recipes that are good for your health and also the planet. 

 

Ethiopian Peanut Stew

 

Ethiopia probably has the most exciting food heritage of any country in Africa – even more so than Moroccan, thanks to the role Addis Abbaba played in trade centuries ago. The land we see today was once an essential stop-off for merchants as they carried spices from the near and far east. 

 

The country is famous for its teff bread, but it also makes a mean stew too. 

 

Ingredients for up to six people: 

 

  • One onion, chopped
  • Three cloves of garlic, chopped or crushed
  • Tbsp olive oil
  • Two 450g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • Three tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 6 cups of stock
  • Diced sweet potato
  • Chickpeas
  • Fresh parsley
  • Whole, roasted peanuts
  • Greens of your choice
  • Chopped red pepper
  • Salt and pepper

 

Method

 

Making this receipt is easy. 

 

First, fry the onions and garlic in the olive oil in a large pan on a gentle heat until they turn translucent. 

 

Next, add the tinned tomatoes, stock, sweet potatoes, chopped red pepper, stock, chickpeas and peanut butter. 

 

Leave to simmer for 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are cooked through. 

 

Next, add the greens and the parsley until wilted. 

 

Meanwhile, put the peanuts on a tray and roast them in the oven for a couple of minutes. 

 

To assemble, use a ladle to spoon the soup into bowls and then sprinkle the roasted peanuts and whole parsley on top. 

 

If you’ve never tried this recipe before, you’re in for a treat. It is unlike pretty much anything else out there. If you want to bulk it up a bit, serve it with crusty wholemeal bread or teff pancakes if you can find them!

 

When food tastes this good, making healthy choices is easy. Often, all it takes is a little experimentation to discover all of the flavors out there. You don’t have to stick with regular diet foods. They’re manufactured products cooked up in western labs. It’s much better to delve into the food cultures of other civilizations to see what they ate and how they kept the pounds from accumulating in the past. 

 

What you’ll find, almost invariably, is that they centered their diet around traditional staple foods. In Ethiopia, they got their calories from teff and another grain called sorghum. To that, they added a range of fresh local vegetables and beans. 

 

The native Americans ate a diet of quinoa and corn, as they believed that these foods gave them the energy and vigour they needed to survive a harsh, nomadic existence.

 

And in the far east, the Japanese ate mostly brown rice and sweet potatoes, again with a bit of veg thrown in for good measure. These foods kept people slim and healthy, and they can do the same for you.

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