One of my very favourite things is having friends for a meal.
Here is an easy summer menu.
Grilled slices of halloumi, diced chilled water melon and mixed salad and herb leaves. All prepared earlier in the day.
Then ratatouille which can easily be kept hot on the top of the cooker till needed, with ready-to-bake French bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt - baked earlier and warmed while we had our starter. The bread is the only thing that requires timing.
Follow, in a leisurely fashion, with home made strawberry ice cream (see here) served with mint leaves.
A nice wine, good coffee and little squares of dark chocolate.
Add dear friends and laughter and no work the following day and you have an evening to remember.
(M&S wine club for those of you in UK have a great introductory offer - £50 off and free delivery - which I can highly recommend....)