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zelu koloria Dec 13, 2006 11:20 AM

I am helping my boyfriend to make a dinner for 8 people on friday. 6 of us will eat anything. however I have one friend who won't eat dairy, meat, or shellfish and my boyfriend won't eat mushrooms or aubergine. What can I cook?

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    zelu koloria Dec 19, 2006 01:37 PM

    shall I let you know what we had in the end?

    starter - scallops fried in soy and ginger butter.
    aspargus with a melted butter dip
    hot smoked salmon and mango salad

    main - thai green chicken curry with rice
    thai green tofu curry with rice

    desert - mago sorbet with a fruit salad of mango, papaya, lychees and raspberries.

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      zelu koloria Dec 13, 2006 01:52 PM

      anyone got any other ideas for a north africn kind of thing?

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        Candice Dec 13, 2006 08:35 PM

        I just did a dinner where we had the slow braised Moroccan Lamb from epicurious (very good and easy to braise the night before); cous cous with almonds, garlic, onions, parsley, and olive oil; a tomato, cucumber, onion, mint salad that we dressed and then set next to a bowl of crumbled feta for the dairy people to add to their salad; and then we picked up fresh pitas, falafels (kept warm in the oven), and hummus from a local Middle Eastern place. It worked out really well and pleased the veggies, meat eaters, and non dairy people.

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        zelu koloria Dec 13, 2006 01:42 PM

        Thankyou, yeah I think I will go for the cous cous thing adn then have some toher meaty stuff sperate to go with it for the rest of us.

        1. heatherkay Dec 13, 2006 11:50 AM

          It looks like something leguminous would be appropriate, and, with no meat to sweeten the bean, I would go Indian. I make a vegan chana masala, although it's better with a swirl of butter at the end, that's tasty and dead easy. If you're interested, let me know and I can dig up the recipe at home.

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            hotoynoodle Dec 13, 2006 12:59 PM

            i was thinking something vaguely north african. a warm cous-cous (could use the larger grain sicilian type, too) chock-full of parsley, mint, lemon, tomato, nuts, golden raisins, watercress, chick peas... a roasted pepper salad... a carrot and pomegranate soup... phyllo pockets of spinach and feta...

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            AnneM Dec 13, 2006 11:47 AM

            I would cook for the other 6 in mind first and the provide lots of veggie dishes,salads, casseroles, breads etc. for the fussy ones. No need to go crazy IMO.

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