Life is Too Short to Stuff A Mushroom: Hosting A Grown Up Party
I’ve often heard it said that ‘life is too short to stuff a mushroom.’ But I recently discovered that mushrooms aren’t too difficult to stuff, especially with a simple mixture of crab, cream cheese and a squeeze of lemon. Fiddly, yes but difficult? No. Something that I’ve often put in the ‘too hard’ basket since having kids, is entertaining people in our home. I enjoy hospitality, but in our home meal times are often a circus, and our children are like a troop of itinerant orangutans! However now that the kids are getting a little older and we have a newly renovated space to accommodate people. we are having people over a little more. I enjoy preparing food, however the most difficult aspect of having people over for me is tidying up before hand.
Recently we decided to have a grown up cocktail function after the children were in bed, to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We often put significant effort into children’s birthday parties, but do we celebrate occasions as adults too? I comprised a menu of canapes that I thought would be fairly simple to put together and early on the Saturday morning I went to the grocery store to gather all the ingredients. I then spent the entire day in the kitchen putting together the following menu. The mini quiches and petit fours were made from store bought pastry. This menu was fairly easy to put together (although it did take most of the day) and it was reasonable on the bank balance too. We offered three different cocktails and a non-alcoholic punch. I made the birthday cake a week in advance and froze it, thawing it out in the fridge the day before. We kept the decorations very simple, focusing instead on good food and good company. Please email me if you would like any of the recipes.