There's been quite a while since I last hosted a dinner party and actually put an effort into preparing the meal. I used to be a wiz in the kitchen, but I've slowly lost my mojoo.
So when I recently decided to host a dinner party for 12, I had to put my thinking cap on. I decided upon a Italian theme, as I had just hosted Swedish Christmas, and thought my husband would appreciate a meal suitable to his palette.
We started our meal with an antipasto plate of bocconcini, prosciutto wrapped melon, olives, grilled eggplant and zucchini. What I like a about the antipasto plate is that it can be prepared well in advance. For the first course, I made Risotto Milanese which I offered instead of a pasta dish. For the second course, I served pork tenderloin stuffed with sundried tomato, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, served alongside baby potatoes and green beans.
The food turned out excellent, and it was a great evening with lots of laughter and stories shared amongst friends. If I could bottle it all, I would.