Entertaining With Ease

By: Maria Davies

What to do when company’s coming and there isn't time to prepare that special meal to wow the crowd?

How many of us have faced this dilemma? I certainly have. On one such occasion it dawned on me that one could order out any special meal and save cooking. But serving a carry out dinner? Sure, as long as it doesn't look like one. The trick is to have the meal delivered BEFORE the guests arrive.

I set the table as I would have for the dinner, added some extra decorative touches, managed to find enough things in the refrigerator to pull together a few starters, made an impromptu center piece, and suddenly carry out didn't look like carry out but instead looked like a carefully planned and executed dinner. The bonus was that I didn't have to spend any time in the kitchen other than putting the entrees into my own serving dishes.

Here’s an easy starter recipe:
Melt some salted butter in a deep frying pan, add some curry powder, a bit of honey and when all thoroughly combined, add unsalted mixed nuts. Mix until the nuts are thoroughly coated.

The quantities of the ingredients depend on the quantity of nuts but rule of thumb, 1 TBSP of butter, 1 TBSP of honey per cup of nuts.

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Maria Davies has lived on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean since retiring from a successful,  Chicago-based real estate practice.  She keeps busy with managing her website, producing a monthly newsletter, gardening and exploring island-life activities. Her current project is videotaping a legendary native Grenadian who’s renowned for his knowledge of folk medicine and the history of the island.