Sunday, 17 February 2013

Come Dine with Me - Ex-Pats Down Under...

Not content with sunshine and BBQs, we've decided to add a little bit of fun (read: hard work and competitive stress!) into our lives by organising a Come Dine with Me style dinner party round robin with three other ex-pat couples!

Together we are six Brits and two Americans, and here's my little run down of the form guide:
  • Lou & Sam - favourites to win in my eyes, renowned for delicious food and being entertaining hosts
  • Lucy & Steve - experienced at CDWM competition having previously competed in such an event, this could be a clear advantage
  • Katie & Tom - that's us. We are the only couple who don't have children or a pregnancy as a distraction during preparation time, surely this should give us as advantage?! (I fear it may not)
  • Jordan & Kevin - the only American couple, who have never seen CDWM - clear disadvantage, but Jordan is the hostess with the mostess and their home wouldn't look out of place in a magazine. Outside favourites.
The rules are simple - prepare a three course meal for the group and scores will be awarded by each couple, on video (!), for revealing on the final night. Theming and entertainment is optional, snooping around people's houses is strictly forbidden, and bad-mouthing your friends on camera is ill-advised as this is all a bit of fun after all!

Jordan and Kevin kicked off proceedings with a delicious menu inspired by the Southern States of America....

Starter - spinach and artichoke dip with mexican bruschetta
Salad - wedge salad with blue cheese dressing
Main - 'Surf & Turf' with glazed carrot and twice baked potato
Pudding - fruit cobbler with ice cream

The decor was oustanding, the food was delicious, and a lot of fun was had by all! The highlight for me was the spinach and artichoke dip for starter. It was so delicious I asked for the recipe, and then soon learned the secret.. it was 95% cheese.. yummy!

The scores shall remain secret, but here's a few photos from Dinner number one... Thank you Jordan and Kevin for a fantastic evening!

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