Go Gothic this Autumn

Cross over to the dark side of the dinner table and get on board with the black food trend that’s taking social media by storm. Black ingredients (a welcome antidote to garish technicolour unicorn foods) needn’t be scary and chances are, you’ve already tried most of them before.

Black rice? Check. Black beans? Check. Blackberries? Check. Charcoal ice cream? Ok maybe not but don’t be put off – this amazing ingredient is easy to cook with and is guaranteed to wow your dinner party guests.

To take the fear out of entertaining with black foods, try these show-stopping recipes to get you started – your Instagram feed (and hungry friends) will thank you later! Whether you’re dining alone or cooking for a crowd, make black food the star of the show with these fun and fresh dishes.

Crispy Kale & Black Quinoa Salad

Roasted Aubergine with Black Rice Salad

Activated Charcoal Pavlova

Squid Ink Black Risotto

No dinner party would be complete without a few finishing touches, I caught up with Habitat for their top tips on Autumn entertaining and setting the scene…

Habitat 2017

“When it comes to dinner parties, the first thing to remember is it’s not just about the food but the table setting too. This season, it’s time to rip up the rule book and embrace autumn’s coolest tabletop trend: black tableware. Enhancing the colour of the food and creating a sophisticated dining table setting, cross over to the dark side and your dinnerware will be the talk of the table. Go on, we dare you.”


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