A 3 Course Meal Guaranteed to Please

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From time to time, we cook, even better when we cook for someone else. Even better when we want to cook and impress female company. Below is a well rounded 3 course meal that any man can cook, that your partner will love.

Starters

Salmon Carpaccio

Preparation – 20 Minutes + Refrigeration Serves – 8

Ingredients

?? Medium green capsicum (bell pepper) (100g) diced finely

2 green onions (scallions, chopped finely

400 g piece sashimi salmon, sliced thinly

1 tablespoon free dill sprigs

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Method

Servicing suggestions

Scatter micro leaves over salmon. Serve with thinly sliced toasted bread.

TIP – Cut the salmon as thinly as you like. Freezing the piece of salmon for about 1 hour will make it easier to slice finely. You can finely slice the partly frozen fish using a mandoline or a V-Slicer.

Main

Butterflied Lamb With Fresh Mint Sauce

Preparation + Cook time 40 minutes (+refrigeration and standing) Serves (10)

Ingredients

?? cup (90g) honey

1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard

2 kgs butterflied leg of lamb

?? cup loosely packaged rosemary sprigs

For Mint Sauce

?? cup (110g) firmly packed light brown sugar

?? cup(125 ml) water

1 1/2 cups (375ml) cider vinegar

?? cup finely chopped fresh mint

Method.

Serving suggestion – Serve with baby potatoes and a tomato and radish salad. The mint sauce can me made several days ahead. Ask the butcher to butterfly a leg of lamb for you.

DESSERT

Raspberry nougat frozen parfait.

Preparation + Cook time – 25 minutes (+freezing and refrigeration) Serves 8

Ingredients

2 cups (400g) ricotta Cheese

?? cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar

?? cup (40g whole almonds, roasted, chopped coarsely

150g (4 1/2 ounces) nougat, chopped coarsely

1 ?? cup (310ml) thickened (heavy cream)

1 cup (135g) Frozen raspberries

Method

Tip – it is fine to use just one 300ml carton of cream for this recipe. The parfait can me made a week ahead up to step 3.

Slice with a knife that has been dipped in hot water, before allowing to soften in the refrigerator (step 5)

Serving suggestions – You can serve this with fresh raspberries or with a raspberry compote. For a compote, cook 2 ?? cups (330g) Frozen raspberries, and ?? cup (55g) caster) superfine) sugar in medium saucepan, stirring, over a low heat, until berries are very soft/ Push mixture through coarse sieve into medium bowl, discard seeds. Just before serving, stir 500 g fresh raspberries into berry sauce.

A perfect Match

You could accompany the festive menu with these wine choices.

Salmon Carpaccio – Pinot Grigio

Lamb – Sauvignon Blanc

Raspberry Parfait- champagne or sparkling wine.

Categories: drink

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