So I held my first dinner party as a single on Saturday. I can happily report that it was a great success. I was speaking to some of my work mates the other day and the baby of the group asked if life was more boring as you get older. The answer from the grannies of the group (that includes me) was a resounding "no"! We did agree that the desire to go out clubbing was severely subdued with age. But Caroline, one of the other grannies, said that as you get older you get more sophisticated at living it up. Her comment was that now when we have dinner parties everyone arrives with at least two bottles of wine because we have learnt the hard way that one just isn't enough! This pretty much summed up my Saturday night dinner party.
The other thing about getting older is that, probably as a result of all the wine, our bodies are a little more fragile than they were when we were 18. So catering to a wine drinking, decrepit crowd means "dietary requirements". I take all the blame here as I can't quite get my mind around the attitude that if they don't like it they can leave it. And it makes a great excuse for not making dessert when you are feeling VERY lazy!
Anyway, the long and the short of this is that I finally settled on making roast chicken and nice fresh veggies. So here is an easy lazy recipe for roast chicken pieces.
chicken pieces (as many as you need to feed the folks, allow at least 2 per person)
cloves of garlic
handful of thyme
2 cups of chicken stock
Preheat the oven to 180deg C. Arrange the chicken pieces on a deep baking tray. Peel the garlic and place in the baking tray. Grate the zest of the lemons over the chicken and squeeze the juice into the baking tray. Sprinkle all the other ingredients over the chicken, place in the oven and bake until the chicken is brown and cooked through. The stock makes a kind of gravy. Serve with baked potatoes and salad for the low fat option.