Post # 1
Our venue specialises in serving food banquet style to the table. So we get to choose 3 main courses and two sides. I’m interested to know what people think sounds best! We will have one beef and one chicken dish but not sure whether to go for a fish or a pork for the third. it is served so everyone can have some of each dish if they wish. (Vegetarian guests will have their own individual plated main course).
For Beef we are having the Whole Roasted Scotch Fillet with French mustard, horse radish, potato purée and roast shallot jus. This seems like a ‘safe’ dish that most will like. The sides will be fried Desiree potatoes with paprika salt and green vegetables with garlic.
For chicken I am thinking the middle eastern one but let me know what you think in the poll! i love to cook and most of our friends enjoy ‘foodie’ type food but a number of our guests are from more rural areas as well. I want a happy medium of interesting food but crowd pleasers as well.
Post # 3
Bumping for more poll votes!
Post # 4
@Lollybags: Those all sound so crazy to me! I don’t know what all of that is…
Post # 5
I personally would eat the beef, but I think salmon would be a good option. It’s a pretty safe fish for most people. Either chicken dish will be fine, people can always ask for the vegatarian dish if they are not up for being adventurous.
Post # 6
@ceebree: are you in the states? We do tend to eat quite differently here in Oz so that may be why 🙂
Post # 7
That lamb sounds SO GOOD. I’d like two plates of that!
And I’d be a fan of the top chicken option.
Post # 8
@Lollybags: Yep, I’m in the US. I at least understand all the main meat options 🙂
Post # 9
I think I clarified some items that people might not be familiar with!
Middle Eastern Fried Chicken, soused eggplant (pickled eggplant), tomato and cumin salsa
Lemon Pepper Chicken, leaves, gremolata (like pesto, made with parsley, garlic, lemon)
Teriyaki Chicken with mayonnaise, pickled vegetables
Slow roasted Pork Shoulder, carrot and ginger chutney (like a jam), aioli (mayo), coriander (a spice)
Slow cooked Lamb Shoulder, lavender, dill, garlic, verjuice (an acidic juice, used to make a bright flavored sauce), chickpeas, labne (Turkish yogurt, thick like Greek yogurt)
Baked Atlantic Salmon, tapenade (dip made of olives) heirloom tomatoes
I think the Middle Eastern chicken and the pork shoulder would be best! I love the idea of a more Middle Eastern influenced menu! Such great flavors! I’m sure many guests will try everything!
Post # 10
@kenziemt: thanks for helping out! And yes, I really like middle Eastern influenced food too, yum!
Post # 11
@kenziemt: I love that Middle Eastern chicken dish, and I think the salmon would be good as well. I’m not a big pork eater, but I know lamb is pretty popular in Australia, so salmon or lamb is fine!
The preps sound so good. I love the Middle Eastern tinges.