Lockdown Kitchen: Easy Entertaining Menus

Lockdown is the perfect time to enjoy trying out some new recipes and more adventurous dishes, especially if you’re planning a socially distant lockdown dinner party. Why not take longer over the meal preparation and enjoy the cooking with my easy entertaining menus; think homemade bread, pasta, pastry, dips, marinades – you’ll feel extra satisfied after your hard work!

Here’s a snapshot of easy entertaining menus and recipe ideas: 

  • Nibbles:
    • Mackerel Pate with homemade soda bread 
    • Grilled asparagus
    • Salami / charcuterie board
    • Homemade flat breads and dip 
  • Mains: 
    • Risotto, very easy with frozen spinach/peas
    • A gorgeous yet simple tart: filo or shortcrust with a tasty filling 
    • Kimchi fried rice with a friend egg and siracha 
    • Ramen noodles  
    • Homemade pasta dishes 
    • Homemade potato gnocchi, simple yet satisfying 
    • Roasted vegetables and whole roasted chicken 
    • Lamb koftas
    • Vegetarian kebabs with Chimichurri and flat breads
  • DIY Dinner party: 
    • Homemade vegetable or pork goyza  
    • Roll your own sushi 
    • Oven baked pizza 
  • Leftovers: 
    • End of fridge curries, homemade flat breads 
    • BBQ if you have a square of outside space, marinade any veg in the fridge and put it on 
  • Indulgence Dessert:  
    • Now is a great time to try a new dessert, always cook your dessert the day before giving you plenty of time  
    • Make the most of seasonal ingredients and turn your hand to a fresh, fruity tart 


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