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Hi,

A friend and his mother are coming over for dinner tonight. I'm on holiday this week, so I can spend some time cooking. However, I'm pretty skint at the moment, and would like to avoid doing much shopping. I'm also feeling quite lazy about how far to travel for ingredients. 3 of us eat fish, but not meat, but I'm not sure about his mum, but I'm pretty sure she is less vegetarian than us.

Olives (will buy from nice Turkish supermarket up the block)

Salmon cakes (made from canned wild alaskan salmon, with capers, fresh dill, and green onions) served with some greens from CSA box with lemon juice and olive oil as light dressing.

Barley risotto with fresh CSA fava beans, green peas, and maybe some thinly sliced spinach tossed in at the end. Parsley and mint? I made some earlier this week and was happy with how it turned out.

Yeasted sugar cake served with CSA (ripe but bruised) roasted peaches and maybe a dollop of yogurt. Maybe make the variation of the cake with ground almonds?

The weather is pretty fickle here in London, so I don't mind turning on the oven.

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  1. Sounds good. What are you thinking is missing?

    1. Sounds delicious! I especially like the idea of mint in your barley risotto along with the peas.

      1. That sounds tasty. If you don't mind me asking, what does CSA stand for?

        Also I don't know that everyone is a huge fan of beans. To me they always seemed like a kind of love or hate food, as most of the people I know are disgusted by them. Maybe you can ask your friend and his mom if they have any aversion to favas?

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        1. re: nakedzombieforce

          I assume she's referring to Community Supported Agriculture.

        2. That sounds great. Being a vegetable-heavy eater, I'd add a side vegetable in addition to the salad, maybe asparagus because it's so good right now in season, but that's just a personal thing and your menu sounds wonderful as it is. BTW, how is yeasted sugar cake? I've never heard of it before but it sounds like a big baked donut. Can you share your recipe? Thanks.