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  1. "Thanks again for doing the catering.  Lots of positive comments about the food again from people at work who were at the party."
     
    Just in case you were wondering, this was the Menu designed by Alatarte, for the event with 50% Vegetarian guests:
     

    60th Birthday Celebration

     Mango Chicken Platter

    (Home cooked, sliced chicken breast, served with a fresh mango, Peppadew & Greek yoghurt sauce

     Felafel, Hummus, Pitta platter

    Harissa roasted Salmon

    (Served with softish boiled egg quarters on a base of cous-cous, flavoured with pickled Lemons & fresh herbs, slightly spicy.)

    Cheese & Broccoli quiche (v)

    Rainbow Salad Bowl (v)

     Feta & Beetroot salad on a bed of Spinach (v)

    Tomato salad with my Blue Cheese dressing (v)

    Potato salad dressed with coarse grain Mustard(v)

    Artisan Breads & Butter

    Desserts

    Lemon Posset served with homemade Shortbread

    Or

    Individual traditional Trifle

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
     
  2. Pulled meat collage

    Serves 6-8
     
    Ingredients
    1 tbsp each of sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and garlic powder
    2kg piece beef brisket
    Oil, for frying
     
    For the sauce
    1 onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 tsp oil
    2 tsp paprika (smoked if you prefer)
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp chilli powder
    1 tsp cracked black pepper
    125ml lager
    50g tomato ketchup
    50ml cider vinegar
    2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    2 tbsp brown sauce
    25g soft dark brown sugar
    200ml beef stock
     
    To serve
    Coleslaw, pickles and rolls
     

    Method
    1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 2½. To make the sauce, gently cook the onion and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes.

    2. Mix the paprika, cumin, chilli, pepper in a bowl then add to the pan with the onions and cook for a further 2 minutes.

    3. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

    4. Rub the salt, pepper, cayenne and garlic powder into the opened out beef joint then heat some oil in a pan until hot and seal the meat on all sides.

    5. Put the meat in an ovenproof dish, pour over the warm sauce and cover the dish with greaseproof paper and foil.

    6. Place in the oven and cook for at least 4/5 hours, turning the meat over in the liquid every 30 minutes or when you remember.

    7. With a pair of forks pull the meat apart into chunks and serve with in sub rolls with coleslaw and pickles.