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Plan the ultimate dinner party: 3 fool-proof recipes and tips from Siba Mtongana

The queen of convenience and elegance; Siba Mtongana shares her fundamental tips on how to relieve the pressure when hosting guests.

by: Robyn Brittow | 04 Nov 2018
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The captivating, bubbly chef recently held a master class in Cape Town where she demonstrated how to make a delicious 3-course meal, starting with a buttery asparagus and tomato vegetarian tart, Asian-inspired tender duck and ending off with a decadent Italian tiramisu.

The host of Food Network’s popular show, Siba’s table, says “true cooks, cook intuitively” and recipes should serve as a guideline, as she always reinvents dishes making them her own by adding that extra ‘va va voom’.

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Whether you have a dinner party coming up or just want to spoil yourself and those close to you,  these three recipes are bound to give you top chef status among your loved ones.

Dessert: Raspberry tiramisu

raspberry tiramisu

Always start with your dessert first, says Siba, preferably a day before to make sure you can focus on the main and starter dishes without putting yourself under pressure.

Siba's tip: Serve your layered desserts such as trifle or tiramisu in a bowl or glass with height. Eliminate serving your desserts in flat rectangular Pyrex dishes, as this hides the layers and beauty of the dessert.

Make your dessert your centre piece and place on the dinner table to serve. This way your guests will see your beautiful creation and they can appreciate your hard work and how it looks before everyone digs in. 

Main course: Asian duck and wild quinoa salad

asian duck and wild quinoa salad

After your dessert has been prepared, begin with your main course. For this Asian duck and wild quinoa salad, Siba insists you stay away from stock cubes and use powdered or liquid stock. Why? Stock cubes tend to make your dishes salty and hide all other flavours. You want your stock to have a subtle flavour that does not overpower your dish.

Starter: Asparagus and tomato tart

asparagus and tomato tart

Who has the patience and time to make their own puff pastry? Especially when hosting a dinner party. Ensure to purchase pre-made puff pastry that is already shaped in a flat square. This way you will handle the pastry less - keeping it as cold as possible but thawed.

Siba's tip: Keep the leftover puff pastry to serve as bread sticks when making soups. Waste nothing.

And there you have it, 3 recipes and tips to wow your guests and give them a Sibalicious experience

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