6 easy entertaining tips from Franck Dangereux
1. Can you give us 3 tips for keeping entertaining simple?
- Preparation is key. Shopping correctly, preparing in advance and clearing space in your fridge to accommodate extra food are all important aspects of easy entertaining.
- Make sure you’ve got a good range of beverages for your guests and lay them out with ice and glasses, so that people can help themselves.
- Get 90% of the preparation done before your guests arrive. Then have a shower, pour yourself a glass of wine and relax – you deserve it.
2. What’s your preferred menu for easy entertaining?
I would make a lots of meatballs and rice or a combination of canapés and crudités with dips. It depends on the type of party you are having and the number of people you’ve invited.
3. Which tools help you get the job done fast?
Food processor, large oven trays and large cooking pots. Easy as that.
4. What do you think South Africans can learn from the French when it comes to eating great food while feeding a crowd?
It’s all about attitude. To be a good host you need to truly have enjoyed the process of cooking. It’s a generous deed. You are making something that people will enjoy and you need to take pleasure in that. It’s not really a French thing, but maybe the French have been doing it well for longer. Also, if things aren’t perfect when people arrive, turn the page so that you can still relax and enjoy. Don’t get flustered if you haven’t completed everything. Have fun at your own party.
5. How did you decide on recipes for the Easy Entertaining course? What was the criteria?
I basically chose recipes that I love to cook when I entertain at home. They are also recipes that can be scaled up easily to feed a lot of people.
6. You have a surplus of pomegranates and 5 friends coming over. What do you make?
Well there are two options, either I would crush it into juice and serve it with Vodka or I would braise a shoulder of lamb with cumin and sprinkle it with loads of pomegranate rubies.
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