The girls' principal and his wife came over for dinner tonight. Miss 9 cooked again (with a bit of help). The menu for was:
Main: Moroccan Beef Tagine served with Roast Baby Vegetables and Couscous
Dessert: Strawberries in Meringue Nests served with Chantilly Cream
Our tame chef was away for the weekend so Miss 9 was cooking with me. Luckily he helped her make the meringue nests before he went away:
Last night, Miss 9 chopped the strawberries and add some Castor sugar and put them in the fridge to macerate overnight.
She also cubed the beef nicely and we made up the spice rub and put that in the fridge too. We were using a Jamie Oliver recipe for this. We used Masterfood's Moroccan seasoning in place of the ras el hanout spice mix.
Today she finished off the Beef Tagine, made up a sample batch of the couscous to see how it worked and how long it took and then prepared the baby vegetables - carrots, corn, zucchini, brocollini and shallots for roasting.
She then chopped the strawberries for decorating the dessert and quickly made the Chantilly cream (which we had forgotten about :( ).
We roasted the vegies with some olive oil and mixed herbs for about 15mins at 220degC. She made the couscous (with some vegetable stock) and we served the meal!
Everything came together nicely and it was DELICIOUS! A very tasty and seriously impressive meal. The company was very pleasant as was the bottle of red they brought!
Here's some more photos (we forgot to take photos BEFORE we ate!):
And the dessert: