I want to have friends over for a mid-week meal. Something casual, yet it will be acknowledging a birthday. The guests won’t know it’s a birthday because we don’t want any gifts. Anyway, I am thinking a sort of jambalaya without the sausage but with chicken and shrimp. Some good crusty bread, a nice green salad and rice, of course. A flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Do we need a starter? What veg or side dish would you make?Maybe a Txakoli and a Shiraz for wine?
Since it's a working night I want to keep it fairly simple. Any thoughts???