In the mood to throw an over-the-top party? Get inspired by the 89th Academy Awards and whip up a few special dishes... because we all need an excuse to indulge every now and again.
The warm-up acts
Nothing gets a glam get-together started like freshly shucked oysters on the half shell – especially when they’re topped with bacon and paprika crumbs.
Shellfish not your thing? Not to worry – rock melon, bresaola, cranberry and camembert skewers always look good on a pass-around platter.
If you’re looking for something on the vegetarian side, these truffled crostini with olives, capers and lemon crème fraîche simply shine with elegance.
Our grass-fed beef is bound to wow guests. This beautifully roasted three-mustard tenderloin with baby baked potatoes potatoes will feed a part of eight and is destined to dazzle.
If you’d like a quick and easy dinner option (that looks anything but), our poached salmon drizzled with saffron cream sauce will do the trick.
No-fuss, no-stress, one-tray baked risotto is a guaranteed winner – loaded with creamy camembert, sweet squash and aromatic sage this is a dinner with real star quality.
Three-cheese leek gratin, roasted asparagus with crispy chilli-lemon crumbs or a roasted potato, rosemary and garlic salad all sparkle as side dishes without stealing the show.
That’s a wrap!
A movie is only as good as the impression you leave the cinema with – the same applies to dinner parties. End the night on a high note with a lavish dessert (we’re looking at you, self-saucing chocolate and orange pudding). You could also go down the fruity route with cinnamon-roasted stone fruit served with dollops of whipped honey ricotta or please with cheese – learn how to put together the perfect cheeseboard here.
Any Academy Awards menu would be incomplete without a mention to everyone’s favourite film staple: popcorn. Try it the traditional way or twist things up with these cheddar and chive, beef and horseradish and ginger caramel versions.
If all this excitement has put you in the mood to play dress-up, plan a visit to the Dubai Opera (which you can win tickets for before 28 Feb) and then head home to create one of these luxurious post-show meals.