If you have managed to reach your fourth year at St Andrews and still not attended a dinner party, then you are an anomaly. The most common form of entertainment in this town, the humble dinner party comes in many forms: potluck, dress-up, restaurant, and my favourite with huge letters BYOB. Us Owl Eyes editors are shameless dinner party fanatics. We thought as a helpful hand to all the would-be hosts out there we’d let you in one some of the secrets of our most recent dinner party.
Whether it’s a romantic meal for two or a Galentine’s party, these Valentine’s recipes are sure to get you in the mood for love!
Dinner parties are incredibly popular in St Andrews, so it’s good to have a few signature dishes up your sleeve that you can prep on short notice. Excluding the risotto, these dishes can all be made ahead and kept refrigerated until needed – saving a lot of last minute kitchen stress.
This colourful, springy salad is relatively inexpensive and very healthy. Eating raw brussel sprouts may seem a little bizarre, but when sliced thinly with a mandolin, they serve as the perfect base for a salad. The bitterness of the grapefruit cuts the richness of the crab, and the lemon juice and olive oil brighten up the dish. I recommend going to Kerachers’ for top notch crab meat.
In her daily perusing of blogs and tumblrs, my flatmate stumbled across this delightful recipe. As avid lovers of blood oranges and mojitos, this is our new go-to cocktail. It is sweet, citrusy and has a beautiful colour.
The Sugar Syndrome, directed by Tasmin Swanson, is a fundamentally modern play that deals with modern themes. Based around the cyber world of internet chat rooms, the play begins with the introduction of Dani (played by Coco Claxton), a 17 year old girl recovering from anorexia nervosa and a stint in a clinic, who frequently delves into the world of the internet to escape her less than idyllic home life with her mother, Jan (Alexandra Koronkai-Kiss) and frequently absent father. It is through these means that she discovers the deeply insecure, slightly older Lewis (Peter Swallow) and the significantly older, more disturbed Tim (Alex Levine). Through the anonymity presented by the internet, Dani allows Tim to believe she is an eleven-year-old boy. Though Tim is initially alarmed upon seeing and discovering that the pre-pubescent ‘Danny Boy’ is in fact a teenaged girl, the two soon become friends and both agree to support the other throughout their respective issues.
Thursday night, April 4th, saw the first Wine and Cheese event since spring break. Needless to say, I was excited at the prospect of another evening which provides some of the cheapest alcohol in St Andrews, and my, did it deliver! For the first time, the societal titans of W&C and MNG combined forces to bring us Afterhours, a classic event with an upmarket twist. As guests entered the sumptuous Old Course ballroom, they were were greeted by the smell of Manchego, Comte, Cashal Blue, Stilton and Brie De Meaux, sourced from the Guid Cheese Shop, as well as the sight of 250 bottles of wine.
Food blogs have never been more popular, and fantastic hunger-inducing photographs are crucial to a successful one. I certainly judge a cookbook by its pictures, and an online blog is no different. For all of you aspiring food bloggers, the Fine Food and Dining Society will be holding a photography workshop as part of the On The Rocks Student Arts Festival in Week 9.