I went to a Ready Steady Cook dinner party at the weekend. I rolled my eyes at the thought of it, but, turns out it was a great night. The idea was that each guest would bring an ingredient which could be either eaten on its own or cooked within 25 minutes.
The ingredients alongside a few staples supplied by the host are then discussed by the guests and a meal is agreed upon. Then all the guests help to make it. It was delicious!
Here’s what we made and a brief recipe for each (If I can remember correctly due to excessive alcohol consumption and memory loss).
FIGS IN BORSH BACON
FIGS & FETA
10 fresh figs (halved)
2 tablespoons feta cheese
5 slices of Borsh bacon (Canadian bacon)
Salt & pepper.
for 10 of the fig halves, spread on a small amount of feta and add salt & pepper.
for the remaining 10, halve the bacon slices lengthways and wrap the figs. Secure with a toothpick.
Cook under grill for 5-10 mintes until bacon begins to brown slightly.
Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.
Pancetta & Vegetable Fritata
150g Pancetta (diced)
3 tablespoons olive oil
30g butter or 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red capsicum (roughly chopped)
1 red onion (thinly sliced)
1 zuccini (halved lengthways and sliced)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 small tomato (de seeded and roughly chopped)
4 tablespoons rocket (chopped)
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley (chopped)
Salt & Pepper
Heat the oil and fry the pancetta, capsicum and onions over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until browned, add the zuccini and garlic and fry for a further 3 minutes, turn off the heat and cool.
In a large bowl beat the eggs (not too much) add salt & pepper, the chopped herbs and tomato. Put the cooled vegetables into the egg mixture and press down with a spoon to submerge everything. Leave for 5-10 minutes.
Heat the grill to medium/hot. On the hob, In a large metal handled frying pan, heat the butter/oil till it begns to smoke, but not burn. Pour in all the egg mixture. Shake the pan and cook for about 3 minutes. Shake the pan to stop the egg sticking. Remove from the heat and place under the grill. Grill the egg for about 5-8 minutes until completely set. Remove and leave to cool.
Serve straight from the pan either warm or at room temperature.