Royal Wedding Dinner Party

For those of you who will be busy studying for exams and completing end of year assignments but want to join in on the Royal Wedding Celebration, this menu is for you! This straightforward but classy meal plan is inspired by the Royal event and is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Drinks: Elderflower Champagne with Raspberries

1 bottle (750 ml) of Champagne

1 cup (240 ml) elderflower liqueur

1 can club soda

1 cup raspberries

 

Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher except for the raspberries. I recommend adding these to each glass individually, so they stay fresh.

 

Optional appetizer: Shrimp, Red pepper & Goat cheese Canape

Meghan Markle is a self-proclaimed foodie, a trait that she shares with her Suits character, Rachel. Fans of the show might be familiar with the following scene between Rachel and her love interest Mike:

Mike: You’re a foodie, right?

Rachel: Why do you say that?

Mike: Because you’re the only person I’ve seen order a shrimp, red pepper, and goat cheese pizza.

Rachel: Well right, but without the pepper, what connects the goat cheese and the shrimp? (pause) I’m a foodie.

This starter is based on Rachel’s food preferences as we might not all be as adventurous as to try a full pizza!

1 package of Crackers or Blinis

1 package goat cheese

1 red pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

Handful of shrimp

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Cut the red pepper longwise into strips and place on a baking sheet before placing in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the skin gets wrinkled and the pepper is soft.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan before adding the shrimp (optional: salt & pepper). Cook for a couple minutes on each side until they turn pink.
  4. Spread ½ tablespoon of goat cheese on each cracker/blini. Place one of the red pepper strips on top before finishing it off with a shrimp. Enjoy!

Appetizer: Baked Thyme and Honey Camembert

This is a quick appetizer you can throw into the oven while putting the finalizing touches on the rest of the meal – plus it will make your apartment smell all ready for a dinner party! Pro tip: there is a Camembert at Tesco that won’t melt, so be sure to get the kind you are supposed to bake.

1 Camembert

1 clove minced garlic

2 tablespoon honey

Couple sprigs of thyme

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Make a cut into the top of the Camembert and insert the garlic as best you can under the thick layer. Drizzle on the honey and then place the Thyme on top.
  3. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is warm and gooey.
  4. Serve with crusty bread, or any other dippers you’d like!

 

Main: Engagement Chicken

Reportedly Harry and Meghan were cooking chicken when he proposed; what better way to join in the jubilation than to eat a meal in their honour!

1 Whole chicken

2 lemons, cut in half

Couple sprigs of thyme

3 cloves of garlic

Pepper, for seasoning

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C with the fan.
  2. Rinse the chicken off, careful to avoid splattering, and place on a broiler pan, breast up. Squeeze half of a lemon over the chicken then dust with pepper. Chop 2 cloves of the garlic and rub 1 clove of it over the half of the exposed chicken. Flip the bird over and repeat.
  3. Sprinkle the back of the bird with some thyme leaves. Take the remaining clove of garlic, slice it in half and place it inside the bird. Then take the rest of the sprigs of thyme and place it inside the bird along with the two halves of the lemons.
  4. Cook for 45-60 minutes depending on how crispy you like it. Squeeze half the remaining lemon on the bird before flipping the bird over and doing the same with the other half of a lemon. Put back in the oven for another 30-60 minutes, again depending on how well you want it cooked as well as the size of the chicken.

 

Side: Vegetables and Quinoa

This is another one owing its inspiration to Meghan Markle, who claims this is her go-to dish when she is on set.

1 package quinoa

1 clove chopped garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

Chili flakes

Pepper

Fresh herbs, chopped (Parsley, cilantro or basil)

Collection of your favorite Veggies (parsnips, carrots, potatoes, onions, broccoli, zucchini, all work well)

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the garlic in the olive oil in a separate pan. Add the veggies once the garlic is hot, and sauté them with the pepper, herbs and chili flakes.
  3. Toss the veggies into the quinoa and serve.
  4. According to Meghan, this also lasts for days in the refrigerator.

 

Dessert: Traditional Wedding Cookies

1/2 cup softened butter

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/8 cups sifted flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup pecans

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
  2. Blend together the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy, then add the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt. Gradually add this to the butter and sugar mixture. Add the nuts.
  4. Roll the dough into balls roughly 1.25 inches thick (you may need to chill the dough). Place the balls onto parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Put the powdered sugar in a plastic bag, and while the cookies are warm place them one at a time into the bag, rolling them in your hands to make sure the sugar sticks evenly around the cookies. Tap off excess sugar before serving.

 

 

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