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Sarah Vine: How to host a gluten-free dinner for 10

May 25th 2014 / Sarah Vine Google+ Sarah Vine / 1 comment

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Sarah Vine gives us the lowdown on how to host a political dinner party for 10

Okay, so it's all very well being gluten-free, but how do you cope when you have to host a political supper for 10?

Simple: you inflict your eating habits on your guests.

I arrived home at 6.30pm after a long day at work. Guests were due at 7.45, so I needed to get cracking.

First, I lined two baking trays with borlotti beans, chopped onions and garlic.

Then I added organic chicken thighs, skin on (I allowed for two per guest).

Then I added some cherry tomatoes, halved, lots of fresh shredded basil, butter (pushed under the skins), salt and pepper, a good slosh of white wine and a twist of dried chilli. The whole lot went into the oven at 190 centigrade.

Then I washed and quartered some sweet potatoes and popped them in a roasting pan along with a handful of the Food Doctor Seeds rubbed in Virgin coconut oil. They too joined the chicken.

Rifling around in the fridge, I found a mixture of green beans, pak choi and spring greens, all of which I chopped and chucked in the wok with a spoonful of coconut oil and a dash of Tabasco.

For pudding, I spread frozen berries and raspberries on plates, sweetened them with Xylotol and then put a couple of bars of Green & Black's Organic Dark chocolate in a bain-marie to melt. When the time was right, I poured the chocolate over the berries and added a dollop of cream. On contact with the cold berries the chocolate hardened to a crunchy shell, making a delicious no-carb pudding packed with antioxidants.

Then I drank a big glass of red wine and went to bed.

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  • Christine Siddall
  • May 28th 2014

I like your style Sarah, The chicken is very similar to a Nigel Slater recipe. Great to have the sweet potato "chips". I'm more of a savoury fan than a sweet fanatic so I loved the fruit idea. Again - Nigel suggests halving fresh peaches and baking those in the oven with a little honey & orange juice. Sprinkle with a few chopped nuts & serve with creme fraiche.

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