At the weekend

At the weekend

By
David Frenkiel, Luise Vindahl Andersen
Contains
16 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781784880842
Photographer
David Frenkiel

‘I’ll finish this later. I am just going to go out and pick up some things in the supermarket’, I hear him saying before the door shuts. It’s 6.45 p.m. on a Saturday evening, we have guests arriving in 15 minutes and David seems to think now is a good time to start shopping for an extra recipe, instead of just finishing the one we agreed on. Welcome to our kitchen.

David is good at many things, but planning isn’t one of them. He is always late, always changes his plans and always wants to add dishes to the table at the last minute. And still, he is never stressed, even though he is standing there with a half-finished dinner when the guests arrive.

‘It’s much nicer to be cooking together with the guests anyway,’ is his response. I don’t know, maybe he’s right? Involving the guests in the dinner preparations is often more fun than having everything ready. Giving them a knife and a chopping board makes for more relaxed conversations than standing with a glass in hand. I just wish it was the original plan and not the constant last-minute excuse.

Regardless of whether you are preparing food before a gathering or together with your guests or family, these are all great meals for weekend get-togethers. They might take a little extra time to prepare but they are worth it. Most of them are main dishes but we have also included a Farinata with Roasted Grapes and Ricotta which is a gorgeous little starter to serve with a glass of white wine, and the pumpkin smørrebrød which we serve either on a brunch table or as a starter. There are a couple of hearty salads, a vegetarian take on bouillabaisse and beautifully roasted aubergine halves that all are quite impressive. But we’ve also included the more chilled Family-style Tortilla Bowls and Cauli ‘Fish’ and Chips which are both instant child favourites. Luise

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