The modern dinner party: less prawn cocktail, more hummus. And probably punctuated with the pleasing pop of Prosecco. However, if the idea of cooking for a crowd fills you with dread (or, frankly, you don’t want the hassle), there is an alternative.
Enter the at-home chef. (Yes, this exists). You choose the menu and Chef whips up a culinary storm in your kitchen, whilst you attentively mingle with guests / top up glasses. And the best bit? Chef will even wash up at the end of the evening. Dream.
La Belle Assiette sent over Chef Leo for a little birthday celebration (the perfect January antidote) and the heart of a top city restaurant was temporarily drop-pinned into one home kitchen of SW London…
Pull up a seat and join us, won’t you?
And if you fancy trying your hand at the star of the show…
Pistachio and Orange Chocolate Brownie
Prep: 45 min
Serves: Up to 10 people
500g Caster Sugar
230 Plain Flour
3tbsp Cocoa Powder
120g Pistacchio (Unsalted)
400g Chocolate (Milk or Dark)
Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
Line a 22cm square tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy, then add cocoa and orange zest
Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and sift in the flour, and add pistacchios
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is cracked and middle just set. Slice and serve with quenelle of ice cream.
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Photography: La Belle Assiette