Supper for Six – or breakfast, lunch or dinner!

What a great number six is for entertaining. You get to talk to everyone and the quantity of food and washing up shouldn’t be too daunting! Here are some menu ideas I thought I would share. I have tried to think seasonally and it feels very autumnal right now but forgive me if I go If you want any of the recipes you can ask me to send them to you.

Dinner for Six
If I ask people for dinner then I tend to go the extra mile with the food. When I have larger numbers I forfeit the starter for canapés but with only six I figure most people will arrive at around the same time so sitting down to a starter is nice.

Sea bass ceviche
Grouse wrapped in pancetta with red wine and damson jus, roasted butternut squash, butternut squash purée and pea shoots
Roasted plums, panna cotta and dark chocolate crumb

Mushroom gyozas with spicy dipping sauce
Lemon chicken, steamed rice and stir-fried tenderstem and beansprouts
Sliced pineapple with mint

Celariac, potato and leek soup with parmesan crisps (and maybe some truffle oil)
Duck leg confit with haricot beans and cavolo nero
Chocolate hazelnut tarte

Spicy chickpea samosas with mango and cucumber salsa
Roasted beetroot with cannellini bean mash and frizzled leeks and pumpkin seeds
Cheese and buckwheat crackers with fruit

Beef carpaccio and rocket
Salmon with smoky lentils, chorizo and spinach
Pear frangipane tart

7-spice duck with cucumber and sesame salad
Miso aubergines, brown and wild rice with roasted broccoli, chili and coriander
Yuzu posset

Gnocchi with pesto
Lamb cutlets with ratatouille
Orange mille feuille

Pigeon and walnut salad
Venison fillet, velvet sauce, carrot purée, Brussels sprouts and roasted parsnip crisps
Individual tiramisu

Tempura spinach and red pepper with a dashi dipping sauce
Cauliflower steaks, dal, spicy peas and pilau rice with almonds and sunflower seeds
Chocolate and cardamom mousse

Pheasant goujons (is this correct – have changed as not normally just one goujon?) with spicy tomato sauce
Rack of lamb, flageolet beans and salsa verde
Apple tarts with Chantilly cream

Kitchen Supper for Six
Definitely much more relaxed than dinner. Something central to dip into to start with and I won’t bother with a pudding, I usually finish with whatever chocolates are on sale in the supermarket.

Babaganoush with rice and pea chips or something crispy to scoop it up with
Chicken and leek pie with peas and pastry puffs

Salmon and tuna sashimi
Beef bourguignon with mash and green beans

Hummus and crudités
Spaghetti with prawns and courgette

Chicken liver paté and toast – preferably melba!
Pan-fried seabass with white wine pan sauce, potato stacks and Brussels sprouts

Bruschetta – tomato or broad bean
Denver steak, homemade oven-roasted chips and broccoli with parsley and garlic

Salty spicy edamame
Chicken thighs with mushrooms and peas and mashed potato

Corn chaat with mini popadams (is either papadam or poppadom – I believe there is a slight difference!) or tortilla crisps
Cauliflower tikka masala, mixed rice and crispy kale

Courgette fritters
Cheese fondue with bread, veggies, salad and vodka

Taramasalata with wholewheat seeded toast
Meatballs with spicy tomato sauce, cubed beetroot and celeriac and spinach

Tagliatelle with woodland mushrooms

Lunch for Six
The ideas below are for those lunches which won’t necessarily be long but are more about actually seeing a friend or family member for a quick catch up. They can be prepped ahead of time and are simple to share.

Red lentil soup with Indian spices and roasted chickpea and wholewheat garlic and coriander flatbreads

Ramen – don’t forget the jammy egg

Paella with whatever you like, pork and mussels, rabbit and chicken, squid and monkfish

Roasted vegetable and filo pastry tart with salad

Quiche Lorraine and salad

Chickpea and leek soup with buckwheat crackers and a selection of cheese and chutneys

Haricot bean and rich vegetable broth soup with wilted cavolo nero and fried spicy chorizo

Pea and ham stock soup with roasted tenderstem on puff pastry

Tomato soup with ham and cheese grilled toasties

Warm roast chicken and salad with bread

Baked cannellini beans with tomatoes and parsley, warm bread and a selection of cheeses

Breakfast for Six or maybe you prefer to call it Brunch
Best meal of the day – I really do think so – and it can have as many different variations as lunch or supper. Depending on the time of day or occasion it might be nice to offer champagne or bloody Marys?

Fresh orange juice or any fresh juice
Coffee and tea and all those things
Bread and pastries
A smoothie
Homemade granola
Yoghurt and fresh fruit or seasonal compote

American style pancakes with bacon and maple syrup

Poached eggs and avocado toast

Rosti with smoky peppers and fried eggs

Eggs Benedict – any way

Huevos rancheros

Kedgeree and roasted tomatoes

Bacon and scrambled eggs

Chilli and feta omelettes

Fishcakes with spinach and a poached egg

Sausages and homemade baked beans

Eggs Florentine

Smoked duck and fresh figs

Kippers and tomatoes

Warm smoked mackerel and watercress quiche

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