I thought I would just make a small ish spread but I was hoping that it was something that would appeal to most of my friends.
I served -
Halloumi pan fried with parsley, garlic oil and lime juice.
Oven cooked halloumi with tin roasted red peppers
Loaded potato skins - cheese and onion and cheese and bacon.
Breadsticks and a selection of dips and olives. (All shop bought, to save time!)
Garlic pittas with lemon mint and paprika griddled chicken.
Chocolate dense cake.
The recipes for these nibbles will be posted on here at a later date (and the majority are courtesy of Nigella Lawson's cookbooks!) but for the meantime I'm going to share the chicken recipe. This may seem like a slightly strange concoction of ingredients for a marinade and it was quite accidental (a case of me chucking way too much mint into the mix really!) but it actually turned out rather well! The paprika was another element added as I did want the chicken to have a kick to it, however I think the overall result was that the mint cooled the paprika down and the chicken came out quite mild!
Serves 4-6 (it really varies to how much people want to eat and if it doesn't all get eaten, it makes great leftovers!)
4 chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
Generous sprinkling of dried mint
1 tablespoon lemon juice
A light sprinkling of paprika
Chop up the chicken into bite-sized pieces and put into a large bowl.
Add all of the marinade ingredients and mix well.
Leave to marinade in the juices for as long as you're able to leave it!
Get a griddle pan on hot (it won't need any extra oil since the chicken is coated in quite a bit of oil already). Empty the bowl of chicken into the pan and pan fry until golden and brown.
Serve with pittas and dips for friends!