Secret Dinner – Vegetarian Adventure

For a few weeks now I was thinking about a way to present my cooking and my dishes to friends who don’t have as many chances to taste the different combinations of flavours I come up with. Then an idea popped up that I could make Secret dinner parties once or a few times a month where I would prepare new recipes, or improved versions of my favourite recipes and invite special guests among my friends who would taste them for the first time. The idea behind the name Secret Dinner Party is one where the invite comes just a day before the actually party and the menu is a secret, usually consisting of three or four courses.

The first party happened last Friday and let me share all about it!

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Invite to my Secret Dinner party

The menu itself was prepared a week in advance, and most of it were dishes I had the chance to prepare for the first time. My guests were two of my dear friends who were notified of the party a week earlier, and got their invitation on Thursday, one day before the dinner. “Dress smart and come hungry” – that’s all I had to say!

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I had all Friday to prepare everything so when they came I could do the finishing touches, cook the dishes that were supposed to be warm when served. The theme of the party was a Vegetarian Adventure, I’m not a vegetarian, but one of my guests is and it’s always fun to prepare vegetarian food since some of the people around me who are not, are very sceptical to vegetarian dishes. So when preparing such dishes I always try to prove to people that they can be delicious, and you can get full after not eating meat.

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Batata chips & cream cheese dip

As the theme would suggest the dinner was consisting of four different yet very delicious vegetarian dishes showcasing delicious ingredients from the local market. The dinner started with Batata chips and spicy cream cheese, horseradish and Tabasco dip. I’ve prepared sweet potatoes before but never made them as chips, which turned out to be more delicious than I’d anticipated.

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Batata chips & cream cheese dip

The second dish was Mushroom risotto. I have many versions of this recipe, so it’s practically my signature dish. This time I used champignons and oyster mushrooms to prepare Risotto with addition of celery and white wine my parents brought me from their friends on the island of Hvar, Croatia.

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Mushroom risotto

As I’m a big fan of salads, and love serving them with most of my dishes I couldn’t resist not to serve it. This time I decided on Chinese cabbage with Aceto balsamico Rosso and it did just what I wanted it to.. it brought a fresh note to the meal and complimented the mushroom risotto.

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Mushroom risotto & Chinese cabbage salad

My personal favourite of the evening were these delicious Vegetable pastry puffs. Essentially these were puff pastry cups filled with a range of vegetables in a spicy sauce topped with cheese and a splash of extra virgin olive oil.

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Vegetable pastry puffs
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Vegetable pastry puffs

For a perfect end of the dinner there had to be a delicious dessert, and there was!

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Almond tart
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Almond tart
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Almond tart

This Almond tart left us all speechless at the table, it was a perfect combination of sweet and light after all of the dishes before. The crust was topped with forest fruit jam and cranberries, ground almonds and hazelnuts in rum and lime juice, these cranberries were topped with almond filling and the whole tart baked to a perfect crisp.

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Almond tart

The Secret Dinner Party was a hit and there will be more! Actually at the moment of writing this post, I’m thinking of what to cook next, checking out new recipes and can’t wait to prepare some food for my guests, so be at high alert cause you might be next to get an invite!

Recipes for all of these dishes will soon be posted on my blog so stay tuned!

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Almond tart

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Happy cooking!

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Such a fun idea and what a great menu!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, it’s really fun organizing everything and spending time with friends and food πŸ˜€

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  2. Megala says:

    Nice menu ! Like those pastry puffs & almond tart !

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you Megala, I’m so glad that you like it, it was a fun dinner party! πŸ˜€

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  3. Jodi says:

    what a fun idea and what lucky friends/guest to be invited! wish I lived closer – Dying to try that almond tart!!! thanks for sharing!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much Jodi! It was such a fun evening and spending time with friends and food is absolutely the best way of spending time with someone! Have to share the recipe for that Almond tart asap πŸ˜€

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  4. What a fun idea and great evening it must have been. The menu sounds delicious !

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks Lynne! The evening was a blast, can’t wait to organize again πŸ˜€

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  5. Congratulations on your successful secret dinner! It all looks mouthwatering.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, happy to hear that, have to admit can’t wait for the next one πŸ™‚

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  6. Well done πŸ™‚ I also don’t understand why so many people are skeptical about vegetarian recipes. I’m also not vegetarian and I will never be, but I eat a lot of vegetarian dishes, probably lately more than meat dishes, but what I don’t understand is that skeptical attitude, indeed if I look at the Italian traditional recipes (my country) there are countless of very good vegetarian and even vegan recipes, created before the creation of the words vegetarian and especially vegan that have become quite popular and even “fashion” πŸ™‚ indeed until 50 years ago most of people were eating meat mostly just on Sunday and during the main feasts. In any case they were eating much less meat, for example in Italy the average meat consumption 50 years ago was about 25 kg per year per person, nowadays around 75 kg.
    PS: you maybe should have a look to the website Eatwith πŸ™‚

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, firstly for taking time to write such a lovely post! Secondly I couldn’t agree more, I don’t undrestand the skepticism and I don’t try to, I just show them every time vegetarian dishes are as fulfilling and delicious. Also have to admit here in Croatia, they had even less meat probably than in Italy if not the same since we are neighbouring countries, so we also have lots of unfortunately forgotten ‘vegetarian’ dishes, lately coming back to life.
      Also thanks a lot for sharing Eatwith website with me, I personally never heard of it, so this was the first time checking it out and it is something I will consider for sure πŸ˜€

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  7. Beautiful, well balanced dinner. Lucky guests! πŸ™‚

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, it really was, hopefully later I could make more dishes for even more guests πŸ™‚

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      1. I do that a lot as a private chef. Much more enjoyable than in a restaurant kitchen. πŸ™‚

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      2. chefkreso says:

        I can imagine, do you know about Eatwith website? 😊

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      3. I have heard about it and I”m sure it’s a great option for many. I, on the other hand, am quite reluctant to bring strangers into my home and to deal with the general hosting. I prefer to deal with the food only… πŸ™‚

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      4. chefkreso says:

        Yeah I understand, I just heard of it a few days ago and still thinking about the whole idea πŸ™‚

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  8. Sounds like a lovely dinner party 🍾πŸ₯‚

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, it certainly was, delicious food and tasty wine, couldn’t get any better than that!

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  9. Looks delicious, especially that tart!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, everyone was and still is mind blown by the tart, can’t wait to share the recipe! πŸ™‚

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  10. A lovely idea – I suppose your friends loved it.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      They did, it was a splendid idea and can’t wait to throw the next dinner party!

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  11. Green Delhi says:

    What a great and creative idea! And your dishes look amazing. And it’s really cool that the menu is completely vegetarian. Your guests are really lucky!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Happy you stopped by, and checked out my post, you can also check out some of my other recipes! πŸ™‚

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      1. Green Delhi says:

        I will definitely do that! Your recipes look amazing and are inspiring!

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      2. chefkreso says:

        Thanks again! πŸ˜€

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  12. KR says:

    Wonderful idea πŸ™‚ I wished I lived closer πŸ™‚
    Probably You have also seen TV shows ” dinner for 5…” or something And I like to plan and guess.. if I should, what would be in the menu.:) So, share more πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and good luck!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, can’t wait for my next dinner party, and also can’t wait to read more of your recipes and posts! πŸ™‚

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  13. julie says:

    You have some very lucky friends! That looks like a superb meal!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! Just can’t wait to prepare some more food πŸ˜€

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  14. What a fun idea! Everything looks delicious, love the veggie pastry puffs and the almond tartπŸ˜πŸ˜‹

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, it was a fun experience, can’t wait to repeat it again.. πŸ˜€

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