Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Home Without a Take-Home Pack

September 26, 2012
Ben and I have this friend. His name is Ben.Ben is wonderful, he’s really into food and creates delicious meals, which we get to devour at our little dinner parties. That’s one of my favourite things about being a grown up – dinner parties. Especially when they involve friends who love food and get just as excited over quality extra virgin olive oil as I do.

Our recent dinner party with Ben involved Ben and I visiting Ben’s house (still with me?), where Ben put on a supremely tasty spread. He’s quite the confident cook, which is really nice. I tend to be in the habit of apologising for meals if I’m unsure of it’s deliciousness – a very unattractive trait, I know. But Ben just serves it up. Yes, I could learn a thing or two from him. And man, does he make a good drunken chicken.

Let’s start with a Dark and Stormy, shall we? Note: Ben adds bitters to his version. It’s delicious, like a lazy sun-drenched afternoon in a cup. Oh yes, please do fill ‘er up.

Drunken Chicken and Bruised Salad, a delightful interplay of flavours that’s downright delicious.

For dessert, Ben made Niel Perry’s Passionfruit Tart. Dessert is a given at our dinner parties. I fear the day I reach for a block of chocolate instead of a pudding or pie…Ben, don’t let that happen, ok? I so adore our fancy-pants approach. Way to start the weekend off right, you know?

Then there was cheese and port, whilst watching The Blues Brothers.

Oh, and Ben always sends us home with a take-home pack, which Ben and I promptly fight over. You can see why I appreciate this friendship, can’t you. Friends don’t let friends go home without a take-home pack.

Heidi xo
  • Iron Chef Shellie September 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    LOL love it 😛

    Haven't had a dinner party in so long 🙁 Really want one now!

  • ChopinandMysaucepan September 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Dear Heidi,

    I love a good drunken chicken too. Alcohol seems to go so well with everything :=)

  • Not Quite Nigella September 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    A man that can cook-ladies, form an orderly queue! 😉

  • Heidi September 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Michele – they're the best!

    ChopinandMysaucepan – haha, it was great 🙂

    Lorraine – amen!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah September 27, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Passionfruit tart! Cheese and passionfruit tart! All the magical things! Ben (not yours, though yours too, of course) sounds magnificent! And yes, I was totally scanning your words in the hopes of figuring out whether he's single or not.

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    OMG that passionfruit tarts look perfect…it's like store bought 🙂 so pretty! I love it when friends give me takeaway boxes hehe I can live off them!