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Family memories inspire Sarah Tuck’s nostalgic dinner-party menu
NOSTALGIC MEMORIES ARE THE INSPIRATION FOR SARAH TUCK’S DINNER-PARTY MENU.
THE IDEA OF A KIWI dinner party had me thinking back to the food my mother and grandmother used to serve, and with that boost of nostalgic inspiration I have put together some of my favourite food memories on a plate. I used to love it when scallops were served ‘coquilles St-jacques’style in the shell, (it seemed so impossibly sophisticated to the very young me). This version has a mix of seafood in a creamy wine sauce topped with a crunchy crust, and it still feels just as indulgent. Is there anything more old-school than a beef Wellington? I loved the idea of using lamb with the classic match of peas and mint with parmesan before being wrapped in prosciutto and a layer of buttery pastry. The cheesecake is a total invention based on the classic Kiwi pineapple lump – pineapple and dark chocolate with dense rich cream cheese in a no-bake dessert that is super easy to make. The pineapple flowers, which have an intense flavour, make a pretty decoration - but feel free to serve simply with sliced fresh pineapple as an alternative.