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thread: Luncheon Ideas!!!

  1. #1
    Busy as a bee!

    Feb 2005
    Adelaide
    2,202

    Luncheon Ideas!!!

    Every now and then a small group of friends change our morning coffee location and instead put on lunch for the others. We tend to make a bit of an effort and I am desperate for some ideas LOL.

    We've only had two so far but they were:

    Caramelized onion and cottage cheese pie with rocket and home made bread rolls with chocolate pudding and ice cream for dessert. There was also apple cidar in wine glasses

    Toasted baguette with home made rissoles and salad. Drumstick for dessert lol



    I don't want to spend all morning cooking or anything. But I would like to prepare something a little out of the ordinary and seeing as I normally skip lunch or have a sandwich I don't have many ideas!! So any that could be thrown my way would be much appreciated!!

    TIA!

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    Life Member. Every Australian needs a Farmer.

    Dec 2005
    In Bankworld with Barbara
    14,222

    What sort of eaters are the other women like? Maybe you could put on an assortment of warm finger food? (mini quiches, home made sausage rolls etc) That way most of it can be prepared the day before, leaving you plenty of time on the day to socialise LOL. or if it is colder and they like a meal, maybe a soup entree with crusty parmesan toast fingers and then maybe a pasta dish? or just a main and then a dessert?

  3. #3
    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!
    2,877

    Lea,

    When my Mummies group did lunch for months and months on end (when our babies were all on 2 sleeps..........) we did a variety of things: the top faves were:

    Vegetable Lasagne
    Homemade Soup and crusty bread
    Posh Toasties: turkish bread with things like chicken and avocado
    Fish Pie
    Chicken Nachos..........(this was one of mine & it went down a treat: I bought a Old El Paso kit and a BBQ chook and voila!)
    Crispy Potato skins filled with cripy bacon and cheese
    Oriental Fried Noodle Salad (this was mine too........from the back of the Changs noodle packet, LOL!)
    Chilli Con Carne and garlic bread

    I have recipes for all the above, so let me know if you want any of them?

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    BellyBelly Member

    Mar 2006
    7,046

    Fetta filled roast capsicum
    chargrilled veggie salad
    pasta shells filled with fetta and pasta sauce
    quiche
    soup and crusty bread
    ceaser salad and crusty bread

    i'll come back with more later - MIL on phone

  5. #5
    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!
    2,877

    ceaser salad and crusty bread
    Ooooooooooh, good idea! Jamie Oliver did a divine one the other day.......

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    BellyBelly Member

    Mar 2006
    7,046

    You could do chicken wingettes and drummetes (hot or cold)

    rice paper rolls


    california/sushi rolls

    a variety of salads and crusty bread

    home made pizza (can make as extravagant or as basic as you like. I make mine on Mountain Bread/Tortillia for a smaller size)

    Chicken Satay skewers and a bed of rice

    fondue for dessert

    fruit kebabs for dessert

    caramalised pineapple and ice crea for dessert

    You can get seasoned chicken pieces at Safeway/Woolies which you could chuck in the oven and then serve with rolls and salad or throw in some veggies with it

    chicken bites in cheese and bacon or pruschetta (simply chicken fillet cubed and each cube wrapped in cheese and bacon or you can place a small piece of fetta between the chicken and bacon then bake)

    Mocktails for drinks

    you could do a pasta and basic sauce. you can buy some good stuff in the fridge section. or just throw some garlic, onion, tomato into a fry pan and heat/cook to desired consistency then toss through pasta. Of course you can add more things to it. I sometimes add bacon and mushrooms

    stuffed mushrooms

    HTH. If I think of more when my brain is a little less sludgy I'll come back....

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    May 2005
    Good ole NZ !!
    1,870

    Lucy... Could I please have your oriental crispy noodle recipe.... Sounds yummy...

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    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!
    2,877

    Mitch, it came fromt eh back of a Changs noodle packet originally, and I have fiddled about with it a bit:

    Crunchy Fried Noodle and BBQ Chicken Salad

    Ingredients:

    -1 Chinese Cabbage, or Savoy cabbage (shredded finely) or a pre-cut packet of dry coleslaw from the supermarket
    6 spring onions (sliced)
    100g chopped peanuts
    1 packet Chang’s Fried Noodles
    Shredded BBQ chicken

    Dressing:

    cup White Vinegar
    cup Castor Sugar
    1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
    2 tsp sesame oil
    cup Olive Oil

    Method:

    ~ Mix all the ingredients of the dressing in a bowl. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.
    ~ In another bowl, combine the cabbage, spring onions and nuts
    ~ Add the chicken and the dressing and mix well.
    ~ Just before serving add the noodles and toss thoroughly.
    ~ Serve in bowls

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    May 2005
    Good ole NZ !!
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    Thanks Lucy... I think we only have the Highmark fried noodles over here... I guess they would work just the same...

    Gonna try this out this weekend... thanks

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2004
    Outer Eastern Subs - Melb
    1,544

    How about a yummy risotto with fresh parmesan?

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    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2005
    In munchkin land
    646

    I had a baguette a few months ago that had roasted vegies in it.
    It had roast

    pumpkin
    sweet potato
    red onion
    capsicum
    carrot

    all were thinly sliced and drizzled in olive oil with some seasoning, fresh garlic and parmasin cheese it was superb.

    I second the home made pizza idea especially in this weather that would be sooo yummo

    but soup and crusty bread is always a hit, and some finger foods would go beautifully.

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    Busy as a bee!

    Feb 2005
    Adelaide
    2,202

    Thanks for the suggestions girls there are some great ones there! It probably won't be for a few weeks yet but there are only 4 of us which makes it easier!

    But considering the bad weather soup and fresh home made bread sounds pretty darn good!

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jan 2007
    665

    Hi Lucy
    Could you tell me how you did the crispy potato skins?
    Ta

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    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!
    2,877

    I can.........

    ~Bake some large potatoes in a hot oven for around 2 hours.....the skins should be really crispy
    ~Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the hot potato so you are left with a potato skin shell left with around 1/2cm potato inside
    ~Brush the shells all over with melted butter and return to a hot oven for 10 mins to brown the skins and crisp the insides
    ~Fill with grated cheese and crispy bacon bits and return to oven again to melt it all
    ~Serve with a pot of sour cream to dip and chopped spring onion to garnish.......

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW
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    I love potato skins!!! We used to mix the left over potato with the cheese & the bacon bits as the filler.... now I guess I'd make it into baby food

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    May 2005
    Good ole NZ !!
    1,870

    OK... Lucy... that crispy noodle salad was divine mmmmm... My friend & I ate the whole lot on our own LOL... no leftovers whatsoever hehehe....

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jan 2007
    665

    Thank you thank you thank you Lucy

    I love potato and these skins sound oh so yummo.

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    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!
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    We used to mix the left over potato with the cheese & the bacon bits as the filler.... now I guess I'd make it into baby food
    PMSL..........me too...........or leek and potato soup........

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