We have friends coming over for dinner on Thursday, and have almost-completed the menu. I'm not actually sure when dinner will be, since both my boyfriend and another friend are getting off work late, so people are showing up at 7pm or a little later, aiming to eat at 7.30pm. And since my boyfriend will possibly be running late, I don't want to be in the kitchen last-minute, or making things which need to be served piping hot and straight from the oven.
So far, it is:
cherry tomato gazpacho
some sort of dip with vegetable crudites
slow-roasted pork belly
ciabatta bread (and rye for the wheat-intolerant guest)
fresh pickled baby cukes
maple syrup creme caramels
For dipping, maybe skordalia or tarator? Other suggestions? Since I don't know how long people will be grazing, I don't want heavy nibbles, since pork belly will be substantial. Do you think adding crisp toasts with goats cheese would make this too heavy?
I'd like suggestions for a simple-ish green salad, too, please, keeping in mind that it's spring here in South Africa, so summery ingredients aren't available yet.
I'm also toying with the idea of some fruit with the creme caramels, but strawberries are the only spring fruit on the shelves yet, and several guests are allergic, believe it or not!
All and any suggestions welcome.