As I recall, our MasterChef dinners were the brainchild of:
- An attempt to pinch pennies in the midst of the GFC, rather than squandering our hard-earned cash on lavish dinners out (tsk tsk, how irresponsible.. as if we would!!)
- Our regard for ourselves as quite the culinarians (or at least an attempt to foster our budding interest in cooking, inspired by the at-the-time-popular TV show “MasterChef”)
- A great way for all the girls to catch up mid-week (the dinners were usually a Thursday night affair), eating healthy home-cooked meals, without the temptation of wine and cocktail menus.
What really happened was:
- We spent more money on the actual ingredients for our dishes than if we had just gone out to our favourite local $10-a-dish Japanese eatery
- We each ended up BYO’ing a bottle of wine, which made for a pretty dismal Friday at work and lead-in to the weekend
- We all overate until we felt sick (but of course still had room for the selection of desserts – what? It’s a different stomach!).
All in all, a recipe for a fantastic time!
The rules were simple: Bring a dish from our nominated food-destination. During our journey, we visited France, Mexico, Spain, Greece, Christmas-in-July, to name a few..
It’s been a while since our last MasterChef, so when our friend offered to host us for a luncheon for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, we all leapt at the opportunity.
The theme this time was “BBQ Potluck”.
I chose a simple side from Donna Hay’s “No Time To Cook” cookbook. It’s the perfect accompaniment to roasted meats, chicken or fish.
Onion & Garlic Butter Beans
Combine 40g butter and 1 tbs olive oil and cook over medium-high heat in a non-stick frying pan. Add 2 sliced onions and cook for 5 minutes until golden. Add 4 cloves sliced garlic and cook of 1 minute. Add a 400g can drained and rinsed white (cannellini) or butter beans and cook for 4 minutes or until heated through. Stir in 150g baby spinach leaves, salt and pepper and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
This recipe serves 4, so I doubled it. I was very generous with the Parmesan. Deliciously cheesey and garlicky! Next time I will add some dried chilli flakes for some colour and kick!
Everyone did a great job and we had a splendid time! Now we just have to keep doing it and not leave it for another year! I just wish I got to wake up to a fridge full of leftovers!